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Electric Light Orchestra - ELO & Olivia Newton-John: Xanadu (OST) CD (album) cover

ELO & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN: XANADU (OST)

Electric Light Orchestra

 

Crossover Prog

2.30 | 135 ratings

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djw2000
3 stars Yes this album is mixed, but it is extremely melodious and pleasant on the ear. OK, the ONJ ballads are sometimes grim, but Dancin' is a cracker and the ELO stuff is brilliant. The title song is, let's not forget, ELO's only no. 1 song and it has a good melody. Most of the album is scarcely prog (ergo it's can't be a good addition to a prog collection), but as a crossover to the New Wave and synthesizer music of 1981's Time (one of ELO's best, IMHO), it can certainly hold it's head up.

I never saw the film (indeed I originally I had great trouble finding the album at all!) but, despite two cringing ballads (which you get used to after a while, let's be honest), listening to the album is scarcely a WASTE of 41 minutes...

djw2000 | 3/5 |

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