Released in 1983, Midnight at the Lost & Found did little to resuscitate Meat Loaf's fast-sliding recording career stateside, as longtime songwriter Jim Steinman opted out of the project and proved to be irreplaceable. Meat Loaf's career took a hit, but he put himself back on track a year later with the U.K. Top Ten album Bad Attitude. Magically, the classic Bat Out of Hell sound is resuscitated here, with Steinman contributing two songs (although he was not present for the recording sessions as he'd been on Meat Loaf's earlier albums). Although Bat producer Todd Rundgren wasn't present either, the trio of Meat Loaf, Paul Jacobs, and Queen producer Mack authentically duplicates that album's over the top production style. Standouts include the ballad "Surf's Up" and "Nowhere Fast" (Steinman's two compositions). Although it appeared as though Meat Loaf had once again discovered the formula for grandiloquent rock, he would try his hand at more synth-flavored music on his next release, 1986's Blind Before I Stop.
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