Meat Loaf

Blind Before I Stop

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Rather than aping the grandiose rock & roll style pioneered by Jim Steinman and Todd Rundgren on Meat Loaf's landmark Bat Out of Hell album, German producer Frank Farian opts for a standard-issue heavy metal approach on Blind Before I Stop, emphasizing a heart-stoppingly loud rhythm section (sometimes playing at Euro-disco tempo), icy keyboards in the mid-range, and endlessly diddling high-pitched guitar solos on a series of forgettable tunes. Somewhere in the back of the mix, Meat Loaf exercises his adenoids, but all of his usual distinctiveness is lost in the sludge.

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