Meat Loaf album review
Hell in a Handbasket Discuss this article
Hell in a Handbasket
Prejudice is a natural instinct, which can warn us of pitfalls, which we don’t need lofty reason to know are sometimes unfounded. Take this record. The title, and the fact it’s a self-produced ‘personal insight’ album by a 60-year-old reformed rocker, instantly sounds like a recipe for an adolescent blogger’s innane rants set to music. Lumpen, barely tumescent, amorphophallic music. On this occasion, though, we’re happy to have to confront our beloved prejudii and tape their mouths shut. To start with, it’s a very angry record. The lyrics are preoccupied with Meat’s thoughts of depression, past regrets and his musings on The State Of The World (spoiler: it’s bad). Recorded on a portable studio by Meat during his last tour, this LP is the antithesis of his lavish Jim Steinman masterpieces. It is also the antithesis of sanity – take ‘Mad Mad World/The Good God is a Woman and She Don’t Like Ugly’, which starts its humble life as a good ol’ Southern rock song, before Chuck D of Public Enemy pops in to rap about the vengeance of She-God. Many of Meat’s vocals were recorded as live, meaning there’s also a rawness to his bellows, which for once makes them affectingly human, rather than bovine. It’s unlikely to win Meat any new fans, and might even lose him a few and for that we salute it.
Time Out Dubai,
- Al Nasr Leisureland(2)
- Almas Tower(2)
- Atlantis Beach, The Palm(1)
- Cavalli Club(2)
- Cirque Le Soir(1)
- Domeland at The Lodge(1)
- Domeland by Chi(1)
- Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre(1)
- Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium(2)
Most viewed galleries
- Catwalk Show at Ocean Club
- Blue Marlin Ibiza party pics
- Chinawhite Dubai launch party
- Dubai Beach Polo players' night
- Electric Days party pictures
Our favourite features
101 celebrities in the UAE The most famous faces spotted in the emirates throughout 2013
Best selling albums of 2013 The top 20 sellers in the UAE: Who comes out on top?
Around the world at Global Village Dubai Stop and shop across the globe at the UAE's cultural park
Iconic Dubai buildings explained We celebrate some of the city's less well-known architectural triumphs
Hot new Japanese restaurants in Dubai Following a burst of new openings, we round up the newcomers
20 delicious low calories dishes in Dubai Our favourite feasts which pack just 500 calories or less
Pictures: Dubai from the sky We hopped aboard a Seawings flight to capture some amazing views of the ...
30 FREE things to do in Dubai From fitness trends to arty movie screenings, how to have free fun
20 celebrity chef restaurants in Dubai The celebrity-inspired restaurants that have come (and in some cases, go...
Massive new developments coming to Dubai FOUR huge islands off Deira, a 30,000-seater stadium, 100-storey tower, ...
21 restaurants to try in Downtown Dubai We dine our way down Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (Emaar Boulevard)
50 best dishes of 2013 From budget to blow-out, the best our reviewers have been served in 2013
An essential guide to renting in Dubai Beat price hikes, pick the right area, and know your rights
How to get a pay rise 20 expert tips to bag more cash from your boss
30 top outdoor bars in Dubai As the temperatures cool we round up the best places to drink outside in...