What You Need To Know - November 13, 2015

Jeff Lynne’s ELO - Alone In The Universe: What You Need To Know
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Jeff Lynne’s ELO - Alone In The Universe: What You Need To Know

Jeff Lynne and his new Electric Light Orchestra return with their brand new album Alone In The Universe today (November 13th) and here is everything you need to know about it…



A little background?

Most rock bands have complicated histories, but ELO’s story pretty much tops them all. The band that began with Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne goes all the way back to 1970 and in the time since they’ve sold over 50 million albums, split into two bands, gone through countless band members and line-ups and spent years in the wilderness, doing not much. All of it though comes back to Lynne, who is now alone with the mantle of ELO all to himself and a brand new album.

 

Who’s Producing It?

Jeff Lynne has done just above everything himself, with the exception of...

 

Any Special Guests?

The shaker and tambourine, which were played by Steve Jay, the man probably best known for working with “Weird Al” Yankovic. He did also engineer the record...

 

What Does It Sound Like?

It might have been 14 years since ELO released anything new and 45 years since the band first formed, but this album is just as vibrant and in love with pop music as anything could be. It’s chock full of sparkly guitars, lush orchestrations and very hummable choruses, just classic pop.

 

Does It Deliver?

It sounds enormous and still has Lynne’s childlike sense of wonder all over it. ELO fans will be like pigs in the proverbial with this record.


Jeff Lynne’s ELO’s new album Alone In The Universe is out now

Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone in the Universe
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