Monday, 24 January 2022


Mass (2021)
[#9 in The All-New 100 Films in a Year Challenge 2022]


Braver Than We Are
by Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf's final album, on which all the songs were written by Jim Steinman. That led the album's producer to comment that "I believe this is actually Bat [Out of Hell] 3... I might get myself in trouble, but I'm gonna say that. Jim's involvement in this record is so intense. The songs, the way they run together and the narrative of the record, nothing has been this cohesive since Bat 1." I'm gonna give a big "hmm" to that, because while it's a nice idea in theory, I didn't feel the album was all that cohesive, nor that it was as "Bat Out of Hell-y" as the real Bat 3. Maybe I'll change my mind with time, I dunno, but it's not like the record came out (over five years ago now — I missed it at the time) with a big "the real Bat 3!" fanfare, is it?