Today my kids found a cassette. It was inside a kids box (I cant blame them) and of course they didnt know what it was. Mom! Look at what we found!!! My answer: oh! No! My music!!! Music?? And how it works?
So happy to finally have a cassette of my own! The first piece of music I ever purchased was a #barenakedladies cassette from a garage sale when I was about 7 so things have really come full circle. Lots of love to @foxfood Xxxx CDs still available! Link in bio <3
One would think that it would be hard to top the overblown, bombastic, and unabashedly Broadway musical trappings of the first Bat Out Of Hell, but in many ways both Loaf and Steinman picked up the gauntlet they'd thrown down in 1977 and began tossing it around with wild abandon. While universally regarded as one of the silliest songs ever committed to tape, "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" is a walloping epic that grabs you by the throat with the opening guitar. In fact it showcases both Loaf and Steinman in complete overdrive, as the track is an amped up show tune given a roaring overhaul to fit into the diminishing afterwash of the dwindling arena rock pompousness that began occurring in the early '90s as grunge, garage, and indie rock moved into the mainstream. Still, for all its up front grandiosity, the track is mesmerizing. And even at 12-minutes, it's a captivating ride from start to finish. Hell, if this were the only song on the album it would be worth the purchase.
But it's not the only track included. There's 10 more, each building upon the Broadway show tune rock opera blueprint that Steinman and Loaf laid down back in 1977 with the original BOOH. The bursting rock elements continue on the Bon Jovi-styled "Life Is A Lemon And I Want My Money Back." It has all the earmarks of the hair band anthems of the mid-80s, which dates it to a degree. Meanwhile "Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through" updates the doo-wop theatrics with a cathedral sounding sense of volume, going for full throttle street corner backing vocals over driving piano and guitar. "It Just Won't Quit" is a surging power ballad endowed with big balls. And "Out Of The Frying Pan (And Into The Fire)" opts for searing guitars which churn out over, under, and in-between piano and driving rhythms.
Taking the album as a whole, much of the joy of BOOHII: BIH comes from listening to the album on headphones. Many of the tracks have been double channeled, with key parts shifting between the left and right to create an encompassing and completely saturating sonic experience that may cause vertigo in folks with more delicate ears. A ludicrously over the top wild ride of a listen