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4.0 out of 5 stars THE MOVE'S SEMINAL MOMENT CAPTURED, 3 Aug 2010
This review is from: Looking On (Audio CD)
`Looking On' the band's third album, marks their brief foray into the world of the `album band', sandwiched between their late 1960s pop output, and the more folkie pop singles of the early 1970s. This `move' is helped by the arrival of former Idle Race front man, Jeff Lynne, replacing the cabaret-singer wannabee, Carl Wayne. The tracks are longer too, with Roy's contributions leaning in the `hard-rock' direction, notably the title track, whilst Jeff's compositions, such as `What If' and `Open up Said the World at the Door', are lyrical and decidedly `proggie'. Indeed, this was a very creative period for the band. The `Electric Light Orchestra' project was actually conceived during the recording of this album, with 10538 Overture originally penned for, and due to appear on `Looking On'. (Roy also contributes cello to another of the album's tracks: `When Alice Comes back to the Farm'). The cello-drenched 10538 Overture was subsequently withdrawn and put aside, and herein lies the album's only apparent weakness. To fill the void left by the `Overture', the weaker track `Feel Too Good' was substituted, or expanded, to make up the numbers, resulting in a disappointing climax to the record. This aside, the album's re-release with extra tracks is most welcome, and worthy of far more listeners than it got the first time round.
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