Perhaps the international success of Bat Out of Hell II came as a surprise, but it was no shock that the follow-up, Welcome to the Neighborhood, was not, either commerically and artistically. While it nearly duplicates the sound and style of Meat Loaf's previous hit album, Neighborhood was recorded without the guidance of Jim Steinman, who was responsible for the sound of both Bat Out of Hell albums. The music has all of the elements that made the previous records hits -- there are layers of guitars, orchestras, voices -- but without Steinman, it's just not the same.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine