Snap judgment: The new Meat Loaf-J.Hud duet

Meathud_lIn much the same way as a trip to Taco Bell guarantees you indigestion, taking a musical journey with Meat Loaf guarantees you a whole gordita’s worth of bombast. And on that count, "The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be," Loaf’s new duet with recent Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (streaming here at AOL Music), doesn’t disappoint. The lyrics ("Some days I feel so numb and empty/ And those would be the good days for me") are predictably over-the-top, the vocals start at "full-tilt wail" and eventually get amped-up to "manic shriek," and the arrangement is like something from the first-act finale of a Disney-on-Broadway extravaganza. All of which makes it that much weirder to me that the whole number is so incredibly dull. The melody on "Future" doesn’t have the same stick-in-your-brain quality that marked Meat Loaf’s previous love-it-or-hate-it hits like "I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)," nor does it have the randy energy of "Paradise by the Dashboard Light." I’d do anything to see J.Hud find success on the Billboard charts, but while "Future" isn’t as screamingly awful as that "we are a tree" nonsense from Dreamgirls, I am telling you, I’m not going… to be listening to this track again, either. How ’bout you, PopWatchers?

addCredit(“Meatloaf: Eamonn McCormack/; Hudson: Steve Granitz/”)

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  • Mozz Mendez

    Poor JHud, the end of the “dream” starts barely a week after peaking. that was Terrible.

  • mscisluv

    Slezak’s description of this song is dead-on, and Jennifer Hudson is so much better than this crap. Meatloaf is a good entertainer, but he can’t really sing. I can’t understand why J-Hud’s agent/manager would let her do this (and it certainly couldn’t have been her idea). She isn’t a has-been (yet), and she doesn’t have to resort to this!

  • furry_tom

    The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be. I can only assume that Meat Loaf came to that conclusion after visiting the future and finding out that the only form of music left is over-wrought power ballads.

  • Luke

    That song is just awful. While I’m a fan of Jennifer Hudson, I seriously think that she’s overrated. Her high notes are not as round and confident as those of, say, Whitney Houston. She needs to pick songs where she gets to emote with lower notes rather than just wailing and screeching with the higher ones.

  • cbc

    Thank you for pointing out that terrible family giant tree song in Dreamgirls. The whole time I could not believe they were actually singing such awful lyrics.

  • Paul U.

    Thank you! I thought I was the only one who hated that “we are like a giant tree” song…and they kept singing it!!!

  • Michael

    Ummm………..I actually dug “Family”
    from DreamGirls…

  • timtheviking2

    Big girl…meatloaf…there’s a fat joke in there somewhere, I can just smell it…

  • David

    This song was recorded long before she won the oscar and was even signed with Clive Davis– Don’t give up hope!! And lately, anything with MeatLoaf blows– so– I’m still rooting on Jennifer Hudson!

  • Paul

    This song was done a while ago before even The Dreamgirls ball got rolling, like David said. I don’t think one should rush to judge already. Give the woman her moment to shine. She’s certainly earned it! And as for Meatloaf, half the fun of his songs is the theatrical over the top nature of them. Not his best but still better then a lot out there.

  • Yo Yo

    Why is this post making me so hungry?

  • jason

    “performers” who belt and wail are a dime a dozen. There’s nothing special about “J-Hud”. Hopefully this is just the first nail in the coffin of her undeserved career.

  • phredd

    I think they should have done a cover of Jim Steinman’s “Tonight is What it Means To Be Young” from “Streets of Fire”. That would’ve been spectacular. This song however is just loud and boring. A real shame because I like them both.

  • Chris

    “isn’t as screamingly awful as that “we are a tree” nonsense”…Priceless!
    I am still laughing at that one!

  • Zachary

    I still love this song! It’s worth it for JHud’s beautiful belt. And I have loads of love for MeatLoaf. Anyone who can pull off 7 min powerballads with a choir has my respect. Also EW way to get on this topic soooo late! This album came out last October. And this song has been in my Ipod mix ever since. Although I have supported JHud since the begging knowing she would be in the oscar race since I heard the news of her starring as Effie. Also check out her version of “Easy To Be Hard” from an all star recording of Hair benifit CD.

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