It's the song-writing
This album is an unapolegetic callback to classic ELO. Songs like "When I Was A Boy", "When the Night Comes", "All My Life", "One Step At a Time", and the title track could each justifiably be on a ELO Best-Of album.
Not really an ELO album
I had very mixed feelings about this album. Apart from one or two songs it really sounds like a Jeff Lynne solo album with a few songs that sound like “B” sides from a Traveling Wilburys album. The album is inconsistent and quite frankly a little boring. I understand wanting to use the ELO moniker for marketing purposes, but then the music should have been tailored that way. It still is nice to hear new music from a legend, but count me as a disappointed.
By Intro puke passion e
After all this time what and uninspired effort. I'm starting to wonder if Louis Clark was more responsible for the ELO sound that we knew
New fan of ELO
I was never a fan of ELO but I am now. This album stuck the first time I heard it on XPN. Worth every penny.
Not “Time” but still pretty good.
By report a concern
Although “Time” is their masterpiece, this will suffice until they do a sequal. (its only been 30 years…) It seems a bit slow in parts but he’s still got that songwriting touch.
Picking up where ELO left off
It doesn’t sound like Out of the Blue by any stretch but, if ELO stayed together as a band, I’m sure this is the sound that would be heard. Most of the reviews are complaints about how it doesn’t sound like 1977 ELO. Musicians evolve in stylistic directions. Jeff Lynne’s music has evolved nicely and he found a way to modernize the ELO sound. The album is definitely great compared to 98% of the stuff out there today.
Jeff Lynne’s hit making machine is back! Great stuff here. After a few listens you’ll be hooked. “One Step At A Time” is just amazing… get up and move! Please Jeff, I can’t wait another decade for your next ELO album!!
ELO is back!
Zoom was a great album. The first three songsof Alone in the Universe suggest this will be as well. Is it Jeff Lynne? Yes. Is it ELO? Yes. Is it 1977 ELO? No. TImes have changed. That big, over-engineered, over-dubbed wall of sound from A New World Record and Out of the Blue doesn't work anymore. I'm glad Jeff continues to bring out great music, and I'm glad he continues to evolve. He has adopted a simpler, more pure and intimate approach, with enough of the old ELO tricks to let us know who this is. I love it.
I love ELO.
I love ELO, and I love Jeff Lynne. However, I’m not sure I love Jeff Lynne’s ELO.
Either give me a Jeff Lynne solo CD… or give me an ELO CD.
I wish Mr. Lynne would have just called this a Jeff Lynne CD and leave the ELO off.
ELO was full of orchestra arrangements.. that’s what made ELO so special. This CD sounds like a home computer production. Where are all the instruments? The strings? Where’s that classic ELO sound?. It’s close in spots.. but not very consistent. I’m sure I will end up loving this CD. I certainly don’t hate it.. I just wish there was more. Give me more orchestra!
I still think it’s good.. but I can’t give it a great rating.. not yet anyway.
Sounds way more the Traveling Wilburys than ELO.