@ Tyranastrasz - I love "Life Is a Lemon..." but, while it's definitely heavier than most of his stuff, I think it's the total opposite of "uplifting." If you're looking for more uplifting, almost all of the original Bat Out of Hell qualifies (at least compared to II: Back Into Hell). Again, my disclaimer here is that I actually like II much more than the original...or anything else by Meat Loaf. If you want some combination of uplifting and more rocking, maybe try "Amnesty is Granted" or "Where the Rubber Meets the Road" off of Welcome to the Neighborhood.
No. But he sounds a lot better than he has been recently. I don't care if it's different. He's older so that's to be expected. And his latest album is more than listenable. Perhaps it's not as good as Steinman, but few things are. ;)
tobbAddol sadly his voice has nevertheless passed its best years :'( The "Wetten Dass?" version of "I'd do anything for love" is much different from the original on [album artist=Meat Loaf]Bat Out of Hell II[/album]. His new album is listenable, but sounds a bit trashy and is not as good as the ones he did with [artist]Jim Steinman[/artist]. But still, Meat Loaf is my No 1 favourite artist <3