Evening Times - - TIMESOUT DAILY -

If there is one thing you can count on in mu­sic and in life, it’s that Jeff Lynne can pull off an al­bum of per­fect har­monies and dreamy vo­cals. In a world where hard bass, thrash­ing gui­tars and droll melan­choly have been at the fore­front, Jeff Lynne’s

ELO is the an­tithe­sis to all of that.

It’s laid back, sooth­ing and sym­phonic. There isn’t a sin­gle track that stands above any of the oth­ers - there are hazy me­mories of Sweet Talkin’ Woman with the ti­tle track From Out Of Nowhere. Mr Blue Sky him­self has turned to cre­at­ing mind­ful­ness in hope­ful chords of joy and en­cour­ag­ing lyrics, par­tic­u­larly the gen­tly rous­ing Help Your­self.

All My Love is a heart-warm­ing, coun­try-style, gui­tart­wang­ing re­mem­brance of a love that once was, evok­ing long au­tumn walks wrapped up and kick­ing the golden leaves around your feet.

Fans of Time will be drawn to Sci-Fi Woman, the alien­type tones wrapped around a honky tonk pi­ano idea are re­ally ap­peal­ing. How­ever, the song that is the epit­ome of ELO is One More Time, a sym­phony that en­com­passes Phan­tom Of The Opera mixed with Sta­tus Quo rock vibes.

This is a record that is per­fect for those dark au­tumn evenings.

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