Meat Loaf is showing his schmaltzy side in his powerful new single, “Speaking in Tongues,” which EW is excited to premiere below. The track is the second single from the rocker’s upcoming album, Braver Than We Are, out Sept. 16.
Backed by piano and gospel singers, Meat Loaf delivers an anthemic mid-tempo performance that begins sparse but grows into a booming chorus with help from vocalist Stacey Michelle. The track was written by Meat Loaf’s longtime collaborator Jim Steinman, who helped write the singer’s massively successful Bat Out of Hell albums.
“Jimmy had a piece of this that I’ve been listening to it for six years, and I’ve been bugging him like crazy to finish the song,” Meat Loaf said in a statement to EW. “Right before we finished the record, he finally did. The melodies are spectacular. And Stacy Michelle’s vocal part is beyond. I said to her, ‘Do a Merry Clayton vibe, like on the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”,’ and she gave it to me.”
The track is a bit of a shift from Meat Loaf’s forceful, grandiose lead single from the record, “Going All the Way,” which he released in June. Hear “Speaking in Tongues” below.