May 11, 2010
Roadrunner Records
Pop/Rock, Arena Rock, Prog-Rock, Album Rock

Album Review

Hang Cool Teddy Bear may not be an explicit sequel to Bat Out of Hell, but it sure has enough bombast to trick anybody into thinking it’s the fourth volume of Bat. It’s not, of course: unlike those three career-defining records, Hang Cool Teddy Bear boasts an actual narrative -- a hazy, unformed tale of a wounded soldier -- instead of merely being conceptual, a difference that should give the album shape, particularly when married with Rob Cavallo’s crisp, bright production. Cavallo corrects all the errors of the heavy-handed metallic Bat Out of Hell III -- its slick processed grind playing like an unfortunate artifact from the moussed and teased ’80 Sunset Strip -- but the album still lacks the songs of Steinman.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Peace on Earth
  2. Living on the Outside
  3. Los Angeloser
  4. If I Can't Have You
  5. Love Is Not Real/Next Time You Stab Me in the Back
  6. Like a Rose
  7. Did You Ever Love Somebody
  8. Song of Madness
  9. Running Away from Me
  10. Let's Be in Love
  11. If It Rains
  12. Elvis in Vegas