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Rather a ELO let down, from 2 fans in Surrey & W.Sussex
on 19 June 2001
After having listened to the new 'ELO' album I am rather disappointed, this is not ELO, this is a solo album. Don't get me wrong I think Jeff is a very talented musician/producer and I have great respect for what he has achieved in the past. But this time he seems to have produced a flat, dull 'Traveling Wilburys like' album.
Trying to be a one man band just hasn't worked, there are odd good bits and the odd good song (State of Mind, Ordinary Dream ) But how has he managed to put all those tracks on the album and still kept it under 44 mins in length ? It's almost like he couldn't be bothered to put much effort into writing the songs - keep it short and sweet. Maybe it's because the other members are not there to steer him in the right direction. He seems to have lost the BIG orchestral sound and the catchy bits that made ELO, the input of the other original members (esp. Bev on the drums & Kelly) is BADLY missed.
ELO2(now Orchestra) have produced much better ELO songs. Seek them out rather then this.