Although Meat Loaf
has made several albums since Bat Out of Hell
, Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell
is an explicit sequel to that milestone of '70s pop culture. Reprising the formula of the original nearly to the letter, Back Into Hell
is bombastic and has too much detail, thanks to the pseudo-operatic splendor of Jim Steinman
's grandly cinematic songs. From the arrangements to the lengths of the tracks, everything on the album is overstated; even the album version of the hit single, "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," is 12 minutes long. Yet that's precisely the point of this album, and is also why it works so well. No other rock & roller besides Meat Loaf could pull off the humor and theatricality of Back Into Hell
and make it seem real. In that sense, it's a worthy successor to the original.