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Meatloaf
Couldn't Have Said It Better
Polydor
Produced By: Peter Mokran

Running Time: 57.32

Release Date: Out Now (EU)

Released: EU

Musical Style: Meatloaf! (Melodic Rock)

Links: Meatloaf
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Songs: 75%
Sound: 85%
Meatloaf has made two truly classic albums in his time and some ok ones too. Additionally there have been a few stinkers along the way. The crux of the matter is that without songwriter/producer/arranger extraordinaire Jim Steinman, there is always going to be something missing from the formula.
Bat 1 and 2 are fabulous albums. I adore Bat 2 and am a fan of the big man for what he is capable of vocally and theatrically.
On his last album Welcome To The Neighborhood, Meatloaf tried his best to make everything as Steinman-ish as possible, with all the name songwriters brought into to try their hand. It was on ok album, but again, there was something missing and a few tunes fell flat.
Couldn't Have Said It Better is much the same. It's probably just that bit better than Welcome..., but upon reaching the last track, one again returns to thoughts of Jim Steinman.
I think this album sounds better than the last one and sonically is probably one of his better that didn't include Steinman.
Generally speaking there are some very strong songs on this album, but a couple of question marks also.
Couldn't Have Said It Better is a typically grandiose over the top rocker with three or four different tempos, but doesn't match the power of I'd Lie For You. Interestingly, the track was written by Motely's Nikki Sixx.
The single Did I Say That is as close to classic Meatloaf as you will get. Immaculately produced and wonderfully over the top.
Why Isn't That Enough is a nice change of pace and a sweet passionate ballad with some solid instrumental backing.
Love You Out Loud is an ok straight up rocker, but doesn't quite make classic status and I'm not sure why there are vocal effects used in places.
Man Of Steel is a good dramatic track with a solid chorus, but some modern production effects kind of take away from the track as a whole.
Testify is classic. The album's best and catchiest track. The feel good rocker is over way too soon, even if it does suffer from too many time changes. Classic chorus!
Tear Me Down is a standard rocker. Good to see Meatloaf indulging in so many upbeat tracks, but I've heard better from him.
You're Right I Was Wrong is an ok sentimental ballad.
Because Of You is another solid track that moves in a slightly different direction, but it's the strength of the chorus that makes it.
Do It is just plan bad. Terrible even. What the hell was meat thinking on this load of modern rap/pop crap?
Forever Young is an ok uptempo ballad, but together with a 3 minute gap and a forgettable hidden track just ends the album on a low note.

The Bottom Line
Some classic moments, some enjoyable new elements and a few 'what was he thinking' moments. A solid album that rates as one of the better non-Steinman releases, but at the end of the day, it will just get added to the collection while we all wait for Bat Out Of Hell 3.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Bat Out Of Hell
Dead Ringer
Midnight At The Lost And Found
Bad Attitude
Blind Before I Stop
Bat Out Of Hell II
Welcome To The Neighborhood
Couldn't Have Said It Better

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Track Listing
Couldn't Have Said It Better *
Did I Say That *
Why Isn't That Enough? *
Love You Out Loud
Man Of Steel
Testify *
Tear Me Down
You're Right I was Wrong
Because Of You
Do It
Forever Young
Hidden Track
--*Best Tracks


13/10/06: Skunko - skink@yahoo.com
Rating: 80
an great album, some very memorable songs.

my favorite are:

1 - DID I SAY THAT

2 - COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER (fantastic!)

3 - WHY ISN'T THAT ENOUGH

4 - FOREVER YOUNG

5 - YOU'RE RIGHT I WAS WRONG (this one superb)


the rest aren't up to par, but aren't fillers.

buy this album is great.

03/10/03: Trace - tasf1967@aol.com
Rating: 65
Without a doubt, a clear step up from the forgettable and mediocre 'Welcome To The Neighborhood' studio release and perhaps his most solid non-Steinman body of work. But after a half-dozen listens so far, no one track seems likely to heat up the charts (and therefore bring Meat back into the spotlight among the public as a whole and not just the committed cult following). All-in-all, a worthy (but hardly spectacular) time-filler until the main-course release of 'Bat 3'.

23/07/03: Paul - mellingp@hotmail.com
Rating: 0
I bought this a month or so after it was released,not sure if i wanted to hear more of the same formula over again after hearing a couple of soundbytes.I was pleased to hear new ideas and an updated sound/production.The songs here are excellent and real growers.
I have noted that a few tracks have received less than rave reviews,mostly "Do it" but i like the fact that Meat has tried to do things a bit differently.Everyone likes "Bat" and "Bat 2" but we would get fed up with that formula if it was used on every album.
This is a good album and deserves to be praised.

13/06/03: Michael Marxen - michael.marxen@t-online.de
Rating: 99
Awesome!
It has the melodies, the passion, the voice, the choirs, the emotions, the bombast, the piano... and it rocks!
Nearly all these songs promise to sound fantastic in concert!
Have to praise everybody involved, especially Meat Loaf himself and songwriters James Michael and Nikki Sixx!

I am so thrilled, have to do it track by track:

CHAPTER ONE

1. COULDN`T HAVE SAID IT BETTER - Killer!!!!!
(James Michael (music and lyrics), Nikki Sixx (music))
Yes, it maybe called a Jim(Steinamn)itation. Yes, there are some similarities with Anything For Love.
But this song is way too outstanding on its own not to be blown away! Very powerfull with Patti Ruso joining in for most of the vocals. First single in the UK (# 31), failed to become huge only
because the record company only delivered very few copies in its first week.

2. DID I SAY THAT - Killer!
(James Michael)
A song that is both, a ballad and a rocker. Charted Top 20 as the first single in Germany.

3. WHY ISN`T THAT ENOUGH - Killer!
(Jo Davidson)
Right when you think: "o.k., nice ballad", the bombastic climax is going to hit you.

4. LOVE YOU OUT LOUD - Killer!
(James Michael, Nikki Sixx)
Rock track that I did not like initially, but that has already strongly grown on me.
Some modern elements.

5. MAN OF STEEL - Killer!!!!!
(James Michael, Nikki Sixx)
Fantastic! Ballad with a rocking chorus. What a chorus! And when the female vocals of Meat Loafs daughter join in
at the end of the song you know you are in heaven on earth!
The duett part is so damn good it should be much longer.

CHAPTER TWO

1. Testify - Killer!
(Kevin Griffin)
Unlike Meats style. Fast accoustic guitars. The gospel part is fantastic! Will be a huge live song.

2. TEAR ME DOWN - Killer!
(Stephen Trask)
Sticks close to the original from the musical Hedwig (besides the spoken part). Great straight rocker!

3. YOU`RE RIGHT, I WAS WRONG - Good!
(Diane Warren)
Typical Diane Warren ballad. No more, no less.

4. BECAUSE OF YOU - Filler
(Rick Jude (music and lyrics), Steve Balsamo (lyrics))
Sounds like an average boyband song to me, nothing that suits Meat Loaf or is worth to be on his album.

5. DO IT! - Uups
(Billy Rankin)
Meat Loaf trying to sound like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Even harder than the original.
Only song were I look for the skip button. But probably clever to have the variation spots Do It and Testify on the album.

6. FOREVER YOUNG - Killer!
(Bob Dylan)
Perfect passionate album-closing ballad! Bob Dylans original lifted into another dimension!
A hit waiting to be released as a single.

(6a MERCURY BLUES - Killer!
(Douglas, Geddins)
Great feelgood rock`n`roll song. Best hidden track ever!

Molodicrock lives! This album went to #4 in the UK and #8 in Germany, despite much radio airplay. Concert tickets are selling sensationally (already three dates announced for each major UK arena). Give yourself a treat and check this out!

13/06/03: VH88 - Lmetal69@aol.com
Rating: 74
I Couldn't have said it Better ... no pun intended.
I'm a big Meat fan ... his vocals are great on this new record ... probally the best he ever sounded ... just like when I seen him live in December ... but with out the presence of the genius of Jim Steinman ... no Meat record will as good as any of the 2 "Bat" records.

12/06/03: Adolfo - nakedcity@hotmail.com
Rating: 90
One of the best Meat Loaf CDs ever done. This CD Rocks!!


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