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  • Summary: The latest album for the artist was produced by Rob Cavallo and features such guests as American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, Queen's Brian May, Steve Val, The Darkness' Justin Hawkins, and Jack Black.
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  1. 80
    Now, by trying something a little different, he's mustered a late-career triumph. [May 2010, p. 92]
  2. While old-school rap nods and blunt lyricism add to the set's allure, its fluidity suffers.
  3. Hang Cool, Teddy Bear is of a piece with the rest of his catalogue: the pounding guitars never slacken, emotions are writ very large and the lyrics rarely lack sly wit. Less happily, the tempo never varies--this album desperately needs a ballad--and 13 unrelenting tracks is a good deal more than enough.
  4. It's a qualified success, he rocks harder here than he has done for years, but there's still plenty of fat left to trim from the bloated ballads. [May 2010, p.121]
  5. 60
    As is generally the case with Loaf's oeuvre, the ridiculousness of the enterprise is redeemed somewhat by a recognition of its own absurdity. [Jul 2010, p.112]
  6. The passion and delivery are there, but the songs aren't. And two out of three ain't enough.
  7. Not that dignity was ever that important to Meat Loaf, but the shallow spectacle of Hang Cool Teddy Bear lacks the absurd joy of his best: you can hear everybody involved working far too hard to achieve next to nothing.
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