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Hang Cool Teddy Bear

  • 1. Peace on Earth
    2. Living on the Outside
    3. Los Angeloser
    4. If I Can't Have You - (featuring Kara DioGuardi)
    5. Love Is Not Real/Next Time You Stab Me in the Back
    6. Like a Rose
    7. Did You Ever Love Somebody
    8. Song of Madness
    9. Running Away from Me
    10. Let's Be in Love
    11. If It Rains
    12. Elvis in Vegas
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 17760

  • Credits
    ProducerRob Cavallo
    EngineerDan Chase; Doug McKean

    Personnel: James Michael, Justin Hawkins, Randy Flowers, Rick Brantley (vocals, guitar); CC Coletti, Kasim Sulton, Patti Russo (vocals); Paul Crook , Rob Cavallo, Tim Pierce (guitar); Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards); John Miceli (drums); Dan Chase (programming).
    Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge.
    Recording information: Bungalow Castle, London, UK; Capitol Studios; Emblem Studios; Lightning Sound Studio.
    Photographer: Martin Husler.
    Hang Cool Teddy Bear may not be an explicit sequel to Bat Out of Hell -- not in its title or in its composition, with Meat Loaf once again parting ways with Jim Steinman, the architect of the Bat songs -- but it sure has enough bombast to trick anybody into thinking it's the fourth volume of Bat. It's not, of course: unlike those three career-defining records, Hang Cool Teddy Bear boasts an actual narrative -- a hazy, unformed tale of a wounded soldier -- instead of merely being conceptual, a difference that should give the album shape, particularly when married with Rob Cavallo's crisp, bright production. Cavallo corrects all the errors of the heavy-handed metallic Bat Out of Hell III -- its slick processed grind playing like an unfortunate artifact from the moussed and teased '80 Sunset Strip -- but the album still lacks the songs of Steinman. Instead, many other writers craft tributes to that over-the-top sound -- notably, Justin Hawkins, who made his bones with the parodic rock of the Darkness, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, Bon Jovi & Desmond Child -- winding up with fist-pumping, Springsteen arena-anthems and guitar-laden rockers. Meat Loaf also gets assistance in the studio by a true motley crew -- Steve Vai and Brian May double-team on guitar, Jack Black sings backing vocals, and House's Hugh Laurie pounds the piano. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • Critic Reviews
    Billboard (p.36) - "[O]ld-school rap nods and blunt lyricism add to the set's allure..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]y trying something a little different, he's mustered a late-career triumph....And, of course, Meat sings every song as a matter of life and death..."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]nother collection of gale-force rock opera, inflated by bellicose orchestral production and augmented by an array of guest stars."
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