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From Out Of Nowhere is the new album from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and music legend Jeff Lynne, and follows up a remarkable run of sold out European and American tours. Jeff Lynne's ELO, whose music has touched fans deeply across three generations now, has found himself in recent years at the peak of his powers as a songwriter, musician and producer. This new collection features a buoyant title song which opens the ten-track record including the wistful "Help Yourself" to the celebratory "Down Came the Rain" to the churning rocker "One More Time" to the sweet closer, "Songbird." As does its predecessor, 2015's Alone in the Universe, From Out Of Nowhere shows Lynne finding new facets to his signature sound, at once drawing on his globally loved legacy and forging new paths in both sounds and emotions. Once again, he plays nearly every note of the music on guitars, bass, piano, drums, keyboards and vibes, as well as singing all of the lead and layered harmony vocals. Steve Jay, who also engineered the album, adds some percussion. This package contains: Single Disc in Standard Jewel Box, 16 Page Insert Booklet
- Product Dimensions : 4.96 x 5.63 x 0.4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Columbia
- Original Release Date : 2019
- Run time : 32 minutes
- Date First Available : September 26, 2019
- Label : Columbia
- ASIN : B07Y98L3GR
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,098 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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My overall impression is… everything about this album feels like a rush job. Not just the music but the lack of quality of the album packaging (cheaper materials are used) very generic, nothing special. Like very little $$ went into the making of this album. Typo’s on the inner sleeve etc. didn’t someone actually proofread this before they released it? The album feels like an 11th hour production. Like it wasn’t really planned out. Like an afterthought. Strike while the iron is hot to have something new to sell because of the popularity of Jeff’s recent touring kinda thing.
As we know, everything Jeff is involved with has that identifiable Jeff Lynne production stamp on it. I do love that “stamp" though. But with "From Out of Nowhere", I'm disappointed this time. I own and love everything Jeff Lynne has ever released and have since the early 1970s. I liked how the earlier ELO albums sounded when ELO was an actual band “The Electric Light Orchestra". I don't like the concept of a one man band. I don't care how musically talented one is. An ELO album should be a band effort or at least call the album what it really is... a Jeff Lynne solo album. Call it, Jeff Lynne "From Out of Nowhere". Leave the ELO brand off of it.
That being said, "From Out of Nowhere" is not Jeff's best work. ELO albums were fabulous when they were recorded in a traditional recording studio using analog tape and with other musicians involvement. Nowadays artists “over perfect” music in their home recording studios because they can. But that doesn’t mean a great album. If you are an old timer to ELO (like I am) these last two Jeff Lynne/ELO albums sound heavily computerized, electronically manipulated and a terrible mastering job. The organics have been lost and replaced with software/protools plug-ins. The ELO albums recorded/ produced in the 70's didn't have that problem. Bring back analog tape!
If you haven’t heard “From Out of Nowhere” yet and expect another ELO masterpiece, you might want to manage your expectations. Stick with Out of the Blue, A New World Record, El Dorado, Face the Music, Time. Those albums are perfection and Jeff at his best. Some albums stand the test of time. I predict "From Out of Nowhere" will not be one of them.
By the way... I'm still a huge fan of Jeff Lynne. I've seen Jeff Lynne/ELO in concert 4 times. 1977, 1981, 2016, 2019.
From Out Of Nowhere - Soaring guitars and an almost instantly recognizable melody. the chorus is one of the many sticks-in-your-head moments on this album.
Help Yourself - Melodically, probably the most old school ELO-like song here. Gorgeous melody, beautifully stacked harmonies and a tasty guitar solo. Sounds a lot like the best moments from Zoom.
All My Love- This song manages to sound totally modern, while at the same time sounding like a lost classic from the 80's. In fact, you could almost hear this coming from a boombox on the beach during a 1980's summer day. Melodically, it's not the strongest, but it has enough different and interesting things going out to make it appealing.
Down Came The Rain - Tom Petty would have loved this one. Chugging rhythmically along, with a chorus very similar to The Traveling Wilburys' Not Alone Anymore, and a slide guitar solo George Harrison would be proud of.
Losing You - Achingly gorgeous melody, and some incredible vocals, especially on the bluesy chorus. Similar stylistically to The Beatles' Free As A Bird, but better. Sweeping strings come in just at the right time. I'm guessing Roy Orbison may have been on Jeff's mind when he wrote this one.
One More Time- One of those old school rock stompers that Jeff could write in his sleep. Like a mix of Let It Run from the Electric Dreams soundtrack, and She's My Baby by the Traveling Wilburys. But wait, then a totally unexpected string drenched instrumental comes in, followed by a killer Jerry Lee Lewis-like piano solo from Richard Tandy. A really fun stack of vocal harmonies end the song on a great note.
Sci-Fi Woman - With a melody in the verses that sounds like Doctor My Eyes by Jackson Browne, and a very cool arpeggiating synth sound running through the whole song, this track is instantly catchy. Then there's what sounds like a theramin coming in at the chorus. There's so much going on here, it'll take a few listens to catch everything. I have a feeling a lot of people will love this one.
Goin Out On Me- Like a mini tribute to old school pop songs like Sleepwalk, Tears On My Pillow, You Really Got a Hold On Me, and This Boy. Not to mention, a nod to In My Own Time, from the Zoom album. Another great guitar solo!
Time Of Our Life - Lynne's love letter to the Wembley Stadium show. Lyrically, maybe it's not exactly the smoothest, but one can forgive the somewhat heart on your sleeve lyrics. A chorus straight out of the 70's, with some fun "twiddly bits" thrown in, including a shoutout to Telephone Line.
Songbird - Wow! Al Green, Sam Cooke, and Donny Hathaway are obviously huge influences on Jeff Lynne. Vocally, he's in top form here, bending those notes just at the right place. Lynne is one of the most soulful old, white British guys ever! I can honestly imagine someone like John Legend, Pharrell Williams, or Leon Bridges having a go at this song.
Overall, this album is a grower. I've listened 4 times now, and find something new with each play. Not everyone, especially fans who are still stuck on the "orchestra" part of ELO, are gonna love it. But anyone who appreciates good songcraft and melodies will like this album a lot!
This new album, the followup to Alone in the Universe, isn't as strong as that offering, but it's pretty good in it's own right. It's fun, it's lavishly overproduced, it's Electric Light Orchestra! With the best songs being the title track, Time of our Life (with a wonderful autobiographical beat long time fans will smile at), and Down came the Rain. Help Yourself is pretty good as well.
You can see a mellowing of Jeff's writing and music, and the melancholy of some of the lyrics hits me (points to chest) Right. There. So buy it already!
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It is perhaps not up there with his absolute classic hits with his original band, but it is still fine soft rock easy listening which will be popular with his many fans. Jeff now has nothing to prove, and could be relaxing sitting on his laurels, so it is fantastic that this rock veteran still has the enthusiasm and commitment to write and release new songs. The first time I listened to the new album it all washed over me a bit, but after a 2nd and 3rd play the ear worm hooks start to engage, and individual tracks become more distinct and memorable. So I think this will definitely grow on you with repeated listens.
Some of the songs cover longstanding themes, like "Sci-Fi Woman" harking back to Out of the Blue references, and the artwork on the cover shows yet another variation on the familiar spaceship cover that has become his distinct trademark. It is a pity he was not a bit more adventurous on a couple of tracks, perhaps stretching out for a longer song, or varying from his well trodden track record formula . It is perhaps all a tad too familiar and cosy, but he knows what he is good at, maybe thinking if it ain't broke then don't fix it , and it will certainly please his multitude of fans..
The album is short by modern CD standards, clocking in at less than 33 minutes in total. It received a supportive 4 star review in Mojo Magazine, and is definitely a bit stronger and more consistent than his previous comeback album. I am sure it will be a popular Christmas present gift buy for many. You will not be disappointed if you like previous ELO, this will be a safe bet, both the singing and playing are of a consistent high standard, no real weak tracks, it all hangs together well as an album. The tempos do vary, with several faster tracks, mixed with some slower ballads such as closer "Songbird".
It is just lacking a real memorable standout classic track, and could have been more innovative, but it is a safe bet that will appeal to existing ELO fans.
Dieselben Keyboardsounds, die er schon 1987 bei Harrisons "Cloud Nine" eingesetzt hat. Die Lyrics so vorhersehbar wie austauschbar, die Melodien Versatzstücke aus alten Hits.
Am schlimmsten noch: Das Piono-Solo des alten Mitstreiters Richard Tandy. Der ist zwar auch sehr in die Jahre gekommen, aber immer noch ein sehr fähiger Musiker. Hier wurde ihm offenbar vom Meister nahegelegt, ihn bei seinem Kurzauftritt (der alten Zeiten wegen) auf gar keinen Fall in den Schatten zu stellen - worauf das "Solo" zum größten Teil aus dem stakkatoartigen Anschlagen derselben Taste besteht.
Schade, denn singen kann Lynne noch immer. Er hätte jemanden gebraucht, der ihm etwas aus der Komfortzone geholt hätte, wie zu guten, alten Zeiten ein Reinhold Mack. Auch ein Kompositionspartner hätte dem einen oder anderen Titel geholfen, aber leider ist ein großer Teil seiner alten Kumpel (Harrison, Petty) nicht mehr...