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American rock ‘n roll music star Meatloaf who had an illustrious career for over 40 years with albums like Bat Out Of Hell turns 62 today.

music Updated: Sep 27, 2010 14:56 IST
Luke Kenny
Luke Kenny
Hindustan Times

Today is Meatloaf’s birthday. No, not the food, but the American rock n roll singer who has had quite an illustrious career over the past 40 years. He first shot to fame with his 1977 concept album Bat Out Of Hell, which has since sold over 43 million copies till date.

I first heard him in the mid ‘80s with his moderate hit song Modern Girl and then went back and discovered the genius of Bat Out of Hell. So much so that his resurgence to superstardom in the ‘90s was a well written and produced sequel to that album called Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell.

And I’m sure most of you remember the astounding 11-minute opus called I Would Do Anything For Love (but I won't do that). Most of us wondered what the ‘that’ was that he wouldn't do. Even then, the album went on to sell 20 Million copies worldwide and is still selling.

A couple of moderately successful albums later, the inevitable happened. Yes you guessed it, Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose (everything’s a trilogy these days) was released again much to the happiness of the fans.

And as Marvin Lee Aday (real name) turns 62 today, lets all pull out our copies of all the three albums and give them a spin, or if not then at least the song, I Would Do Anything For Love. Meatloaf has done much for rock ‘n roll music, we can at least do ‘that’…if I may say so.

Flamingo (Deluxe Edition)
Brandon Flowers
The first solo album from The Killers lead singer arrives with much fanfare. Over the past few years, The Killers have developed into a global phenomenon and with this debut, Brandon seeks to establish himself as a solo one. The sound is pretty much a continuation, so it’s almost a Killers album but without the pressure of being superstar indie-rock idols. Brandon’s sensibilities tend to lean more towards the pop-isms that in turn gives him those catchy choruses we know so well. And with stalwarts like Brendan O’Brien and Daniel Lanois on production duties, the product can only be stellar. Songs like Only The Young, Crossfire, Was it Something I Said, Jacksonville (deluxe edition only) are testament to that.

Matador Records
In times like these, it takes a lot to be a long standing indie band and still retain relativity to the medium. Formed in 1997, these New York post-punkers put out their fourth album after 2007’s magnificent Our Love To Admire. I first heard them with their second album Antics in 2004 and I knew then that this was a band to follow. In this their fourth self-titled collection of songs I find much promise. The dark melancholy of Memory Serves, the exuberance of Success, the anti-pop of Barricade, the murky melodics of Safe Without all make for a listening experience that will keep me
looking forward to the next album.

A Thousand Suns
Linkin Park
I have never been able to listen to a LP album at one stretch. For some reason they don’t cut it for me. But that’s my personal opinion, as a band they’re kick ass and have some solid production and songwriting happening with every album they put out. But from an objective point of view maybe if the albums were a bit more concise and brief then their ideas would cut through with a bit more ferocity. No doubt they have created their own genre of sorts but remember at the end of the day songs are what make or break you as an artist. The ‘sunny’ moments here are tracks like When They Come For Me, Waiting For The End and The Catalyst, all else fades into darkness.

Hurley - Deluxe Edition
Epitaph Records
How cool are these guys! One of the few prolific indie bands out there who continue to keep the fun going, close on the heels of last years Raditude. Also they put out the most unconventional album covers. This time around, its just a head shot of actor Jorge Garcia. Lead singer and founder Rivers Cuomo teams up with legends like Desmond Child, Tony Kanal (No Doubt), Ryan Adams and Linda Perry among others who have co-written all the songs on the album.
Put this on and right from the opening track Memories you wont want to stop. Oh and the deluxe edition has four extra songs that include a cover of Coldplay's Viva La Vida. Awesome.

First Published: Sep 27, 2010 12:39 IST