Picks and Pans Review: Midnight at the Lost and Found

updated 05/30/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/30/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Meat Loaf

Since his normal style is usually somewhere between frenzy and hysteria, Loaf could have been forgiven for going all the way off the meter on this album, given the personal problems he's had in the past: throat ailments, bitter disputes with his ex-manager and most recently a declaration of bankruptcy that said he had $768,000 in assets and $1.6 million in debts (including a $91,000 credit card bill). He does sing a couple of topical tunes on this LP—Razor's Edge and Wolf at Your Door. However, he hasn't forgotten his romantic side. The album includes a beautifully produced (by Tom Dowd) mid-tempo duet with Dale Krantz of the Rossington Collins band, on a Marshall J. Styler tune called Don't You Look at Me Like That. It's a model of restrained passion and one of the top pop records of the year. Loaf also does a splendidly tense change-of-pace by Ted Neely, If You Really Want To, as well as the rocking Never Can Be Too Sure About the Girl. Maybe he ought to go into the studio to get away from his problems more often.

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