ARTIST:

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

ZOOM - 2013 EDITION

(2013)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Easy-Listening, Old School
"In 2001 a new Electric Light Orchestra album was released. Missed it! It was in fact a solo album of Jeff Lynne reissued in 2013 with the bonuses which are necessary..."
ALADDIN_SANE (03.12.2013)  
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What remains of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) at the dawn of the 2000s, when this new album is released? After the mitigated "Balance of Power" (1986), everyone went their own way.  The ELO Part II experience with Bev Bevan didn't give much memorable (2 albums in 1991 and 1994); Jeff Lynne, on his side, when he wasn't having fun with his buddies in the Traveling Willburys (George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty) tried his hand at the solo exercise with the honest "Armchair Theatre" (1990). In short, there was nothing to suggest the release of a new ELO album, and in fact, it didn't come out. It's now an open secret but "Zoom" is just a solo album by Jeff Lynne disguised as the famous Birmingham pop combo to sell itself without a doubt. Fortunately for him (and for us listeners) "Zoom" is not just that.  

First of all because Jeff Lynne is well present (contrary to ELO Part II), as a musician and producer and it can be heard: the production is brilliant, the guitars are powerful and the choruses often refer to the best years of ELO. Then, there are a few songs that make you feel like you're in a band, starting with the first 'Alright', 'Moment In Paradise' with its laid-back and melting chorus or the very Beatles-like (or McCartney-like, whatever you like) 'Just for Love'. Finally, the string arrangements have partially taken their place ('In My Own Time', 'Melting In The Sun') and it's an understatement to say that they are an important part of ELO's identity that was sorely lacking in their last productions of the 80s.

However, "Zoom" is not the miracle album you'd expect from a band that released such wonderful pop gems as 'Mr Blue Sky' and 'Livin Thing'. In fact, the tour that followed the release of this album wasn't really successful. To convince you of this, just listen to the live version of 'Turn To Stone', which is a bonus track of the present re-release, and you will notice that this song from the 'Out Of The Blue' period (1977) doesn't really suffer from the comparison with any of the compositions of 'Zoom' and this will probably make you ask yourself the only real question that comes to mind when we talk about this band: when will we have a real new Electric Light Orchestra album?


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Alright
02. Moment In Paradise
03. State Of Mind
04. Just For Love
05. Stranger On A Quiet Street
06. In My Own Time
07. Easy Money
08. It Really Doesn't Matter
09. Ordinary Dream
10. A Long Time Gone
11. Melting In The Sun
12. All She Wanted
13. Lonesome Lullaby
14. One Day (bonus)
15. Turn To Stone (live From Bungalow Palace)

LINEUP:
George Harrison: Guitares / Saxophone
Jeff Lynne : Chant / Guitares / Piano, Synthétiseur, Basse, Batterie, Choeurs
Richard Tandy: Claviers
Ringo Starr: Batterie
   
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