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re: Piece on 'Dead Ringer'

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rockfenris2005 06:33 am MST 02/11/17
In reply to: re: Piece on 'Dead Ringer' - angie 05:43 am MST 02/11/17


Well, this is how I feel about 'Braver Than We Are'. Meat Loaf's voice on that album reflects a state of mortality and also the songs, i.e.

There are endless nights
they just go on forever
There are scars on scars
that I know will never heal
There's relentless pain
it tortures me forever
I've got to pretend it ain't real

But at least it only hurts
At least it only hurts
Only when I feel
It hurts only when I feel...

That may work with a teenage character in mind - totally - but at the same time it's always made me think of an older person in terrible pain physically and mentally.

Also,
There are things we learn by knowledge
There are things we learn by heart
There are things we learn at the end of life
There are things we learn at the start
There are things we learn from science
There are things we learn from art
There are things we learn from the fires of love
An erection of the heart

Like Jim said himself, that's like an "epitaph". And "Going all the way" is like a creed to a long life spent going all the way over the top in order to see what was on the other side.

It's definitely not something that everyone agrees with, but it's something about the new album that struck me very deeply, at a painful time in my life too.

Judy Garland had a huge triumph with "Over the rainbow" obviously earlier on in her life, but then Garland fans know how the song turned on her later on and I think she even got boo'd at one point. Andrew Lloyd Webber was affected by that and responded to it musically in "Evita" with "Don't cry for me, Argentina" and then Eva when she was ill, in "Eva's final broadcast".

And this album reads to me--I'm guessing it was unintentional--as someone reaching out against enormous physical odds and going over the top. Imagine Meat Loaf at this point in his life trying to climb a huge mountain. That's "Braver" for me.

> I just re-listened to Dead Ringer earlier this week, to be
> honest, it's my most-listened-to Meat Loaf album at the
> moment, and I had been thinking - this album is the
> perfect collection of songs for an insane Meat Loaf to
> sing. I mean, he really does sound psychotic on half the
> tracks; they compliment his insanity perfectly. He really
> does sound like a man who is going to break people - other
> people, or himself, or both. It's a really dark album, and
> I like it very much. I honestly don't think it would
> benefit at all from being re-recorded at more sane times
> in his life, regardless of whether he thought his voice
> had improved.
>
> Angie


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