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Danielle Steers – The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be | Review

Danielle Steers’ voice is so revered amongst the fan base of Bat Out of Hell The Musical that at the production’s designated ‘singalong’ performances, the audience would sing their hearts out to every song, with the notable exception of Steers’ first act number, ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’. Some sang along but most, including yours truly, just wanted to hear her sing it. And goodness me, the Bat Out of Hell fans are loyal. Steers has since been in the West End production of Six, and though the musical styles of that show couldn’t be further from the rock anthems made famous by Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf, some have made multiple visits to show their support.
Danielle Steers

As far as this album goes, some of the arrangements are noticeably different from the original versions (as was the case with the Bat musical, mind you). But there’s a freshness to them, and Steers and her musical director Noam Galperin have done brilliantly to stamp their own authority on these tunes. A bit surprisingly for an album full of songs written by Jim Steinman, none of the songs are any longer than just over five minutes – by comparison, ‘Paradise By The Dashboard Light’ on Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell album runs to almost eight and a half minutes, with ‘Objects in the Rear View Mirror’ from Bat Out of Hell II stretching to just over ten.

There’s a living room ambience throughout this album, and I found myself paying considerable attention to the words and the stories these songs tell. The musical arrangements are not a personality in themselves but rather support the singing. The end result is something different from Meat Loaf’s “everything louder than everything else” approach. No matter (there are tracks here that aren’t even in the Meat Loaf repertoire in any event). This recording is simply glorious – for instance, the acoustic version of ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’, is poignant yet authoritative, and frankly worth the price of the album all by itself.

So many of Steinman’s songs work well as duets, and the version of ‘Holding Out For A Hero’, performed with Lauren Drew (Six, Evita, Heathers The Musical), on this album is almost bound to put a smile on anyone’s face. The whole thing is evidently a labour of love, and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. While Steers’ fan base continues to await her live concert in London (rescheduled for a fourth time recently, this time to November 2021), this album is a multi-faceted delight.

5 Star Rating

Review by Chris Omaweng

West End star Danielle Steers (Catherine Parr in the West End production of ‘Six’), who created one of the lead characters, Zahara, in Jim Steinman’s monster hit stage musical ‘Bat Out of Hell’, has released “The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be, an intimate album of nine Steinman songs.

The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be
Rock and Roll Dreams
Lost Boys and Golden Girls
Safe Sex
Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
Surf’s Up
Total Eclipse of the Heart
Holding Out For a Hero
Bad For Good

Danielle Steers
Theatre credits include: Bat Out Of Hell (New York City Center), Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Bat Out Of Hell (Dominion Theatre, Ed Mervish Theatre Toronto, ENO & Manchester), Beautiful – the Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre), The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), We Will Rock You (International Arena Tour), Hairspray (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre), Respect La Diva
(Garrick Theatre). Other work includes; First Date (Lambert Jackson Prod.), ITV’s Sunday Night at the Palladium.

Twitter: @DanielleSteers
Instagram: misssteers

The album costs £15


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