Braver Than We Are

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Braver Than We Are
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Studio album by Meat Loaf
Released September 9, 2016 (EU)
September 16, 2016 (US)
Label Caroline International S&D
429 Records
Producer Paul Crook
Meat Loaf chronology
Guilty Pleasure Tour - Live from Sydney, Australia
(2012)
Braver Than We Are
(2016)
Singles from Braver Than We Are
  1. "Going All the Way Is Just the Start"
    Released: June 29, 2016
  2. "Speaking in Tongues"
    Released: August 8, 2016

Braver Than We Are is the thirteenth studio album by American singer Meat Loaf, released in Europe on September 9, 2016 by Caroline International S&D and released in the United States on September 16, 2016 by 429 Records.

Background[edit]

Meat Loaf first announced that he had begun working with Jim Steinman again on The Jonathan Ross Show in April 2013. "We've been communicating back and forth for the last six months every day by email," he explained to Jonathan Ross. At this time, Steinman was only contributing two songs to the album, though Meat Loaf was hoping he would contribute a third song. "We've cut three tracks, we're getting ready to cut three more, and then we'll hopefully cut three with Steinman." He had planned to begin working with Steinman in January 2014, with an expected release of September later that year.

Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito were approached to record duets on the album. In September 2013, Meat Loaf told BroadwayWorld that he would—with Steinman's approval—like to record duets with Bonnie Tyler and Lorraine Crosby as well.[1]

Content[edit]

"Loving You's a Dirty Job" first appeared on Bonnie Tyler's 1986 album Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire. The song "More" first appeared on The Sisters of Mercy's 1990 album Vision Thing. The album includes a reunion with vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito (vocalists from the studio and live versions "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", respectively) on the song "Going All The Way Is Just the Start".[2] All songs can be traced back to earlier Jim Steinman projects such as his musicals The Dream Engine and Neverland of which also songs were used for early Meat Loaf albums.

A ‘Bonus Edition’ of the album, sold at various chains like Target, Tesco and Media Markt contained three exclusive bonus tracks.[3][4][5] The same tracks were included in the Japanese edition.[6]

Title[edit]

The original title for the album was announced as Brave & Crazy, but was subsequently changed to Braver Than We Are, the title of a Jim Steinman composition which was rewritten and recorded for this album as "Going All the Way (A Song in 6 Movements)".[citation needed]

Release and promotion[edit]

Amazon users who pre-ordered the digital release of Braver Than We Are could download "Souvenirs" and "Train of Love" immediately. The majority of the album, minus "Skull of Your Country", was accidentally leaked on Apple Music on June 22, 2016 and was subsequently taken down after several hours.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[8]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Who Needs the Young"Jim Steinman5:27
2."Going All the Way (A Song in 6 Movements)" (featuring Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito)
11:28
3."Speaking in Tongues" (featuring Stacy Michelle)Steinman4:23
4."Loving You Is a Dirty Job (But Somebody's Gotta Do It)" (featuring Stacy Michelle)Steinman6:09
5."Souvenirs"Steinman8:17
6."Only When I Feel"Steinman1:56
7."More"
6:06
8."Godz"Steinman3:33
9."Skull of Your Country" (featuring Cian Coey)Steinman3:35
10."Train of Love"Steinman4:23
Total length:55:17

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 17
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 27
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 67
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[14] 78
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 13
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 7
Irish Albums (IRMA)[17] 43
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[18] 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[19] 63
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 4
US Billboard 200[22] 31

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meat Loaf hoping to reteam with leading ladies". hollywood.com. September 2, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ Amazon.com
  3. ^ "Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are – Target Exclusive". Target Corporation. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are (Tesco Exclusive Deluxe Edition) CD". Tesco. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Meat Loaf - Braver Than We Are (Exklusive Edition + 3 Bonustracks) Rock & Pop CDs - Media Markt". Media Markt. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ "CDJapan : Braver Than We Are Meatloaf CD Album". CDJapan. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Braver Than We Are". Retrieved October 18, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Braver Than We Are". Amazon.com (UK) Amazon.com Inc. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Braver Than We Are (Bonus Version) by Meat Loaf". United Kingdom: iTunes Store. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  14. ^ "Meat Loaf Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  17. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 37, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  18. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 26, 2016. Retrieved September 23, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Meat Loaf – Braver Than We Are". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 21, 2016.
  21. ^ "Meat Loaf | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  22. ^ "Meat Loaf Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 27, 2016.