Sound — 9
The sound on this album was great. The vocals, guitars, basses, drum kits, pianos, backing vocals and extra percussion just make this album so thick in some places (Bat Out Of Hell, Paradise By The Dashboard Lights), yet so quiet and serene in others in others (Heaven Can Wait, For Crying Out Loud). There are seven songs on the album, and not one of them is weak or lacking. Aren't too many guitar solos, but the guitar is used more in conjunction with the other instruments, to create an overall awesome and atmospheric sound.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on this album are good, but not great. The voice is used more like an instrument, less for lyrical purposes. However, some of the songs do have great lyrics (For Crying Out Loud, Paradise By The Dashboard Lights). As for the vocalist himself, he is mind blowing. Meatloaf has to be one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time. There is just no denying the power and emotion in his voice.
Overall Impression — 9
This was Meatloaf's first album, and by far his best. The best songs on the album are definately "Bat Out Of Hell" and "For Crying Out Loud". This doesnt take away from any of the other songs though, as they are all incredibly good. My only critiscism for this album would be its longevity. It has a good enough runtime, but there are only 7 songs. Some more would have been awesome. Overall this was an awesome album, and should be in every classic rock fans CD collection.