What does it sound like?:
This album counts as release number 14 for the ELO, and the second for this Jeff Lynne badged incarnation. I always though Jeff Lynne was the ELO and this album – where Jeff plays most of the instruments and does all the vocals – suggests this is truer now than ever before.
Truth be told, it took a few plays to warm to the album. But such is Lynne’s skill as a writer and performer that bit by bit it grew on me. The trademark rich multi-layered sound is very much in evidence right from the start with the title track, a toe tapper with a simplicity that gets better with each spin, and track 2 “Help Yourself” continues in a similar vein.
That said it’s a somewhat restrained start and I found myself enjoying the album more as it went on. Third track “All My Love” is a shuffle that’s more infectious than monkeypox and you’d think hard to top until you hear the following track “Down Came The Rain”. Ballad “Losing You” follows, carried mostly by Lynne’s vocal which possibly isn’t quite enough.
“One More Time” provides a change of gear with the upbeat rock n roll of “One More Time” which features a fine solo from ELO original Richard Tandy. The upbeat theme carries on into the catchy “Sc-Fi Woman” where Lynne turns in a fine guitar solo. The album closes “Songbird” which for me was the only track that would leave me reaching for the fast forward button.
What does it all *mean*?
It’s no mean feat. It takes a bakers dozen to do on stage what Jeff mostly does here on his own
Goes well with…
A trip down memory lane.
Might suit people who like…
A spot of baroque and roll.