BAND: MEAT LOAF
ALBUM: HANG COOL TEDDY BEAR
LABEL: MERCURY RECORDS
RELEASE DATE: 19-APR-10 (Europe) RATING 79 /100
GENRE: MELODIC ROCK, CLASSIC ROCK
PRODUCER: ROB CAVALLO
REVIEWER: RAYMOND "EVERYBODY LOVES RAY" COONEN
The big teddy bear himself asked some friends in the music business for help. As a result the The Darkness front man Justin Hawkins co-wrote two songs for the album: the over 7 minutes lasting "Love Is Not Real" (featuring Queen’s Brain May and Steve Vai on guitar) and the song with balls "California Isn’t Big Enough (hey there girl)". The already mentioned top class guitarist Steve Vai is also heard on the heaviest rhythm song on the album "Song of Madness". No surprise that the song has a great guitar solo.
First single taken from the album is "Los Angeloser". A for Meat Loaf standards a very country sounding song….maybe you heard it already on the radio. This track was written by well-known producer James Michael who worked in the past with names as Sammy Hagar, Papa Roach, The Scorpions and The Rasmus.
House hold names on the latest Meat Loaf albums are guitarist Tim Pierce and female vocalist Patti Russo who is featured in the song "Let’s Be In Love". This is a passionate ballad just like the great "Did You Ever Need Somebody".
Does the list of big names end with Patti Russo? The answer is negative. Jon Bon Jovi wrote his best song since his "These Days" period: "Elvis In Vegas" which is the last song on the album and one of the best track in my opinion. Jon Bon Jovi asked his and Meat Loaf ‘s old friend Desmond Child to help him out writing it. Thanks to this "Elvis In Vegas" the album became more than just an average release.
01. Peace On Earth
02. Living On The Outside
03. Los Angeloser
04. If I Can't Have You*
05. Love Is Not Real/ Next Time You Stab Me In The Back
06. Like A Rose*
07. Song Of Madness
08. Did You Ever Love Somebody*
09. California Isn't Big Enough (Hey There Girl)*
10. Running Away From Me
11. Let's Be In Love*
12. If It Rains
13. Elvis In Vegas*
Meat Loaf: Vocals
Rob Cavallo: Additional Guitar
Chris Chaney: Bass
Paul Crook: Guitar
Randy Flowers: Guitar, Vocals
John Miceli: Drums
Jamie Muhoberac: Keyboards
Tim Pierce: Guitar
Patti Russo: Vocals
Kasim Sulton: Bass, Vocals
Justin Hawkins: Guitar, Vocals
CC Coletti: Vocals
James Michael: Guitar, Vocals
Rick Brantley: Guitar, Vocals
Kara DioGuardi: Vocals on "If I Can't Have You"
Hugh Laurie: Piano on "If I Can't Have You"
Jack Black: Background Vocals on "Like a Rose"
Brian May: Guitar on "Love is Not Real"
Steve Vai: Guitar on "Love is Not Real" and "Song of Madness"
Justin Hawkins: Backing vocals (the really high ones)