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Electric Light Orchestra - Zoom CD (album) cover


Electric Light Orchestra


Crossover Prog

2.99 | 146 ratings

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3 stars ELO's 1986 album, "Balance Of Power", was their last. The maestro behind ELO, Jeff Lynne, laid the band to rest and got on with his first solo album, "Armchair Theatre", released in 1990. Apart from the non-Lynne "ELO part II" project, nothing was heard from them for 15 years... then this...

From "Armchair Theatre" onwards, it was obvious that Jeff Lynne was indulging the rock'n'roll part of his musical psyche rather than his more floyd-like, arty side. The Traveling Wilburys, production work with Tom Petty, George Harrison, The Beatles: all had pulled Jeff into a musical world where Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry reigned supreme, and the detailed, progressive works of ELO were long forgotten... then this...

"Zoom" is a brilliant album. It's melodic, sleek and well produced. It's everything you'd expect from a Jeff Lynne album. And therein lies the crux of the matter: it's a Jeff Lynne album. It's "Armchair Theatre - part 2". It's The Traveling Wilburys without the famous three. It's a crusty old album that's fallen through time from the 50's and been insensitively packaged in the cover of an ultra-modern sci-fi novel, branded "ELO" by people who think that those three letters may help it sell a few more copies. It's a brilliant album, but it's only ELO because Jeff says so.

| 3/5 |


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