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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA II

Electric Light Orchestra

 

Crossover Prog

3.54 | 152 ratings

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sgtpepper
4 stars The second in the row of three ELO essential albums.

I will start with its strong sides. Again, very good songwriting skills although the absence of Roy Wood is apparent from the beginning and adds to less experimental and renaissance look at the things. It is however the closest ELO contribution to a conventional symphonic progressive rock. Fewer orchestral sounds, more keyboards, especially moogs and rock-oriented instrumentation. Tracks stretch out to more than 6 minutes.

As correctly described by some prog fellows, dark mood is the omnipresent feeling. That can make the music more impressive.

Sound quality is the weak point of the album, first song is quite badly mixed. Instrumental prowess is not in the same league with most other progressive bands, the album had probably arrived too early for those guys from that point of view. Drumming sounded dated already back in 72, it reminds me of British Invasion bands. I adore most violins, cellos and all keyboards.

Although the weakest or least strong track is Mama, I always skip Roll over Beethoven which I listened to only twice and don't feel any need again. Kuiama and From the Sun to the World followed by the first track are the strongest efforts in my view.

Highly recommended effort, although slightly less than 4 stars.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |

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