Picks and Pans Review: Bad Attitude
There almost certainly will never be any pop singer describable as Loafesque. When it comes to Tin Pan Alley rock delivered in the style of a Wagnerian stomp, Meat Loaf has the field to himself. Bad Attitude is another overbaked attempt by the big guy to cross-pollinate Springsteen with Rodgers and Hammerstein. Maybe it's Meat Loaf's theatrical background (he toured in Hair and appeared in the cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show); the man is unregenerate ham. The only songs on this record that can withstand the weight of his declamatory delivery, florid choral signatures and roller coaster arrangements are Modern Girl, by keyboardist Paul Jacobs and lyricist Sarah Durkee, and Nowhere Fast, by Jim Steinman, the collaborator who helped make Loaf's Bat Out of Hell (1977) such an astounding success. Even when that early popularity wore thin here, Loaf continued to be a hot item in Europe. While Bad Attitude may turn a few heads on the home front, it won't resurrect the glory that was, briefly, Meat Loaf. (RCA)
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