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Electric Light Orchestra


Crossover Prog

2.89 | 277 ratings

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ELO became a victim of the disco craze on this album, cashing in on that horrendous style, and the result is it did not sound as cool and spacey as previous releases. In fact this is one of their least popular albums though it does have an enigmatic album cover and 5 terrific songs.

It begins well enough with the poppy violin driven single Shine a little love and then one of the best here follows in Confusion. My favourite ELO song is here The diary of Horace Wimp, that has a beautiful rhythm and ethereal atmospherics. The lyrics are simple but effective and the film clip is unforgettable from my teenage years. The chorus is kind of creepy and the multi harmonies are balanced by chilling whispers and descending string sections. Next is a real disco beat on Last train to London, but I like the echo chorus threads and overall style. The others on side two are wearisome, but it ends nicely on power rhythms and infectious hooks with Don't bring me down. This one haunted radio stations and continues to do so.

The 5 treasures on the album, that radio DJs have a fetish for, save it but there are a lot of fillers and dull songs that mar its overall effectiveness. It is better to grab these songs on a compilation as the other songs leave much to be desired unfortunately.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |


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