Tommy Boy

Album Review

Deliberately theatrical, over the top and overblown, Meat Loaf's unapologetically '70s-sounding arena rock is exactly the type of music rock critics love to loathe. But what separates Meat Loaf's music from so much corporate rock is the amount of conviction he brings to it. Live Around the World may be campy, but it's an honest campiness -- never does this live two-CD set come across as contrived or formulaic. When Meat Loaf rips into "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through," "Bat Out of Hell" and other odes to the suburban adolescent experience, his sincerity is hard to miss. Even so, the package is unlikely to change anyone's mind -- Meat Loaf lovers will find much to admire, his detractors much to lash out at.
Alex Henderson, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)
  2. You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)
  3. Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back
  4. Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through
  5. Dead Ringer for Love
  6. Heaven Can Wait
  7. All Revved Up with No Place to Go
  8. Paradise by the Dashboard Light
  9. Wasted Youth [Speech]
  10. Out of the Frying Pan (And into the Fire)
  11. Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are
  12. Midnight at the Lost and Found
  13. Good Girls Go to Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)
  14. What You See Is What You Get
  15. Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
  16. Hot Patootie (What Ever Happened to Saturday Night)
  17. For Crying Out Loud
  18. Bat Out of Hell