Braver Than We Are

Braver Than We Are is the twelfth 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.

Braver Than We Are
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 2016 (EU)
September 16, 2016 (US)
LabelCaroline International S&D
429 Records
ProducerPaul Crook
Meat Loaf chronology
Hell in a Handbasket
Braver Than We Are
Singles from Braver Than We Are
  1. "Going All the Way"
    Released: June 29, 2016
  2. "Speaking in Tongues"
    Released: August 8, 2016
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
The Independent2/5 stars[3]
LouderSound4/5 stars[4]
Record Collector3/5 stars[5]
Under the Radar6.5/10 stars[6]


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.[7]


"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 of "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", respectively) on the song "Going All the Way".[8] 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.[9][10][11] The same tracks were included in the Japanese edition.[12]


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 promotionEdit

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.[13]

Track listingEdit

Standard edition[14]
1."Who Needs the Young"Jim Steinman5:27
2."Going All the Way (A Song in 6 Movements)" (featuring Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito)
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
6."Only When I Feel"Steinman1:56
9."Skull of Your Country" (featuring Cian Coey)Steinman3:35
10."Train of Love"Steinman4:23
Total length:55:17
Bonus Edition and Japanese bonus tracks
11."For What It's Worth" (featuring Stephen Stills)Stills3:20
12."Prize Fight Lover"5:35
13."I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" (orchestral version featuring Imelda May)Steinman10:18
Total length:74:33
iTunes edition bonus tracks[15]
11."I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" (songwriter demo)Steinman10:24
12."Dirty Water" (songwriter demo) 4:36
13."Prize Fight Lover" (songwriter demo)5:26
14."Who Needs the Young" (songwriter demo)Steinman4:28
15."Going All the Way" (radio edit)
  • Steinman
  • Black
Total length:84:31
Amazon deluxe edition DVD[14]
1."Behind the Scenes: Making of Braver Than We Are"20:00
Total length:85:17



  • Arranged by Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf & Paul Crook
  • Horn arrangements: David Luther
  • Backing vocal arrangements: Justin Avery


The Neverland ExpressEdit

Guest performersEdit

Studio musiciansEdit

  • Alicia Avery - backing vocals


Chart (2016) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 17
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[17] 27
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 67
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[20] 78
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[21] 13
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 7
Irish Albums (IRMA)[23] 43
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[24] 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[25] 63
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 4
US Billboard 200[28] 31


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