After reportedly having a difficult time recording Bat Out of Hell III and another legal battle with Jim Steinman, many people, including the man himself, felt that we had seen the last of Meat Loaf in the studio. The infamous show at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena in 2007 where he reportedly stopped performing halfway through “Paradise by the Dashboard Lights”, announced that this was his last show and abruptly walked off stage did nothing to dispel those doubts. After all that Hang Cool Teddy Bear came as a pleasant surprise; it’s nice to see the man at work and on the road again (the “Hang Cool” tour begins in July). Though flawed, and unable to consistently find the level of raucous joy that infuses Meat Loaf’s best work it’s still more cohesive than Bat Out of Hell III and for most of its 61 minutes it’s just plain fun. Don’t be surprised if you can't stop humming “Los Angeloser” afterward.