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MP3 Music, June 12, 2001
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In my opinion, DISCOVERY is a brilliant pop/rock album on which JEFF LYNNE incorporates some disco elements into his sound. But he definitely does not turn ELO into a disco outfit with this. Anyway, he already showed this approach, to a lesser degree, on OUT OF THE BLUE which the same people who pretend to hate DISCOVERY praise to the skies. Strange, isn't it? Now, here comes my theory for this: DISCOVERY was released at a time when people grew tired of omnipresent disco. Back then, I suppose, it was like "well, there is this four-to-the-bar thing, so it must be embarrasing discopop by nature". DISCO became a synonym for rubbish. And so, even ELO fans might have become manipulated by the spirit of their time. They finally believed the critics who bashed this album, missing out thus on wonderful synth-ladden pop/rock songs which are in my view as great as for example the ones off OOTB and TIME.
I became an ELO fan in 1990, so I did not fall victim to the spirit of the time of the "disco sucks" era when every album with a hint of disco style was derided as a matter of course.
So there, I'll shout it out loud: this album is great and atmospheric, featuring some wonderful sounds. It is so fantastic BECAUSE OF some stylish disco elements and not despite them.
They mean a thousand different things to a thousand different people.
While some one else might think Horace Wimp is "horrid" songwriting, I think it's an absolutely brilliant example of Jeff Lynne's reverence and appreciation for the Beatles and Absurdist Brit humor.
Ironically, "Don't Bring me Down" the biggest "hit" on the record, is probably my least favorite on this albumn.
Although catchy at first, It's repetative and boring to me. The song has a short relistenability lifespan.
Other songs like "I need her love" and "last train to london" remain fun and interesting years after you first hear them.
If ELO bridges Pop and Prog (and many suggest that it does) Discovery is certainly more to the Pop side (while the next albumn, Time, leans more to the prog side).
Personally I feel as though this stretch of time between out of the blue through time (including the xanadu soundtrack songs) are the most interesting and exciting period of Jeff Lynne and ELO's catalog.
If you liked out of the blue or new world record, don't hesitate to get either discovery or xanadu (but never rent the movie because it's god awful... unless your into god awful, in which case, cheers!).
If you want a real treat that will challenge you and open you up to a world of beautifully brilliant intelligent yet poppy while simultaneously progressive sounding music, I suggest you look into TIME.
From a musical standpoint, Time is groundbreaking in it's production and it's conception. The problem is that no one noticed it at the time because it's also ve fun (and since Pink Floyd's "The Wall" was dominating charts at the time, fun wasn't exactly what folks were listening to in the post punk pop world.
But don't snub discovery either. It's a blast you won't regret (or at least shouldn't regret!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one album that Jeff Lynne really succeeded on doing a great job, as he did with the previous ELO albums as well. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Craig Larsen
If you've seen any of my other reviews of ELO albums, you know what this one will be, too. Get it. It's awesome. One of the best "bands" out there. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Techie
It's fashionable to talk down this album these days on account of what various people have said in the press over the years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen Mann
The ELO album influenced by Disco is nonetheless a fantastic compilation of Jeff Lynne. His unique sound and style can be heard above the Disco base and is an album one can listen... Read morePublished 2 months ago by mj868
Arrived in wrapped new condition. Great song selection as I anticipated!Published 2 months ago by Greg Watson
A must have for any ELO fan. One of the top three ELO albums. Jeff Lynn is brilliant.Published 5 months ago by Johnny Rocket