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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, Rovi
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|Number of Discs:||1|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.21|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||0.41 x 4.25 x 5.25|
|1.||Peace On Earth|
|2.||Living On The Outside|
|4.||If I Can't Have You|
|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.||Lets Be In Love|
|11.||If It Rains|
|12.||Elvis In Vegas|
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