The brains behind Meatloaf (if that isn't to mince a metaphor too brutally), Jim Steinman has ace rock 'n' roll credentials. He's a very, very clever man, he's very talented, he clearly has access to enormous production budgets, and most of all he's extremely funny. The odd thing is most people - especially, for some reason, his fans - seem to miss this last point. Bad For Good is a more obvious (and therefore less successful) self-mockery than 'This is Spinal Tap', but only just. It has some sublime moments - the beautifully po-faced 'Love and death and an american guitar' is one, as is the fabulously bombastic 'rock and roll dreams come true', (with which the dear listener can decide for him/herself whether Jim or Meat is the better vocalist, since the track also appears on Bat out of Hell II - for my money, it's Jim.) On the other hand, Steinman is usually TOO obvious, and his tendency to repeat the same lyric over and over grates, and it happens a lot. The upshot is this: 'rock and roll dreams' by itself justifies the price of the album - it really is a fantastic song - but this is just as well because it has to: most of the rest, while clever at first, is pretty tiring.
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Olly Buxton (ElectricRay)
Sep 26, 2009
Dec 22, 2010 09:37 PM UTC
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