Meat Loaf has announced that his new album, Braver Than We Are, will be released in the U.S. on September 16th and Europe on September 9th via 429 Records. The album will be available on CD, vinyl and digital formats.
Working closely again with longtime collaborator Jim Steinman — a key to the magic of multi-platinum selling albums Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell — the iconic singer has recorded ten songs in tandem with Steinman, producer Paul Crook and his band, The Neverland Express which includes John Miceli (drums), Paul Crook (guitars, loops, synths), Randy Flowers (guitars, vocals), David Luther (sax, B3 organ, strings, horn arrangements), Justin Avery (piano, synths, strings, backing vocal arrangements), Danny Miranda (bass), Stacy Michelle (vocals) and Cian Coey (vocals).
Guest musician Ricky Medlocke provided the slide guitar solo on “Train of Love.” Steinman wrote all the tracks on the album including the first song he ever wrote in a storied career to the most recent. While Crook produced the album, Steinman acted as creative consultant throughout the recording process working alongside Paul and Meat Loaf from beginning to end sending suggestions, adding verses and contributing opinions on every aspect.
The first single, “Going All The Way,” is streaming now at RollingStone.com, and showcases a reunion with vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito decades after their first performances on the smash hit “Paradise By The Dashboard Light.” The single is available for purchase now at iTunes.
In a career spanning over four decades, Braver Than We Are, is Meat Loaf’s fourth album featuring songs exclusively written by Jim Steinman.” With a painting featuring Meat and Jim together for the first time gracing the cover, the album hearkens back to the hugely successful Meat-Steinman collaborations Bat Out of Hell (1977) and Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell (1993), which together sold over 67 million units. Braver Than We Are is a testament to Meat’s artistic rapport with Steinman. The songwriter’s strikingly vivid style matched with Meat’s incomparable talents not to mention his wit and grandiosity, results in the two successfully connecting with audiences on an epic scale.
“It’s a tribute to Jim Steinman really,” said Meat Loaf. “It’s a tribute to both of us and our work together.”
- Who Needs The Young
- Going All The Way
- Speaking In Tongues
- Loving You Is A Dirty Job
- Only When I Feel
- Skull Of Your Country
- Train Of Love
U.S. and European tour dates will be announced soon.
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