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Electric Light Orchestra


Crossover Prog

3.65 | 373 ratings

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2 stars Just another ELO album, this time a double. Yawn!

This is a very typical ELO album, and it sounds basically exactly the same as the band's two previous albums! Indeed, listening to this double album is a bit like listening to the two previous albums - one directly after the other! Do I need to add that it becomes rather tedious? ELO had established a formula by this time, and they stick to here by the book. The melodies are extremely Beatles inspired, on the verge of being rip-offs.

There are some good songs on this album for sure, but they all sound too similar to each other and to previous ELO songs to really stand out from the crowd. Like previous albums, this album too is full of well-written and well-recorded Pop music, but variation and, especially, "progression" is basically absent. It is first with Standing In The Rain that the album really gets off the ground, and that is clearly too late. If I had been ELO I would have made this into a single album and opened it with this song. There are some traces of progressive Rock in this song. But it is really only traces. Overall, this is about as "progressive" as the music of Elton John.

Like most post-Eldorado ELO albums, this is only for fans and collectors of the band.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |


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