label: sony / legacy
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
naldrett - uk correspondent
I was too
young to get caught up in the magical era of the Electric Light
Orchestra during the 1970s. Instead, it was one of the more interesting
albums that I discovered in my older brothers vinyl collection
as I was growing up and looking for an alternative to Bros and
Wet Wet Wet.
"Last Train To London," "Shine A Little Love"
and "The Diary of Horace Whimp" still hold their own
and are gems from a musical age that has long gone. Or at least
I thought it had gone. Because the unique sound of ELO is back,
amazingly, with their first album of new material since 1986.
in the CD player and pressing play is like jumping into a time
machine to a land of care-free, revolutionary music that embraced
rock and electric keyboards alike. The sound has not changed but
the world it rings into has, making Zoom a classic piece
of contemporary nostalgia.
single, "Alright," slots straight into the well-remembered
ELO idyllic world of synthesisers, guitars and high harmonies
- and its a gem. Other gleaming tracks include "Stranger
On A Quiet Street," "Really Doesnt Matter At All"
and "Ordinary Dream." Its not one of the finest
albums that youll read about in this column, and it wont
trouble the charts too much, but it is at home in the ELO collection
just as much as the early albums were.
The only concern
to me is how much of its appeal is genuine and how much of it
is down to nostalgia and novelty of their return. Whatever the
source of the magic, its worth checking out.
2. Moment in Paradise
3. State of Mind
4. Just for Love
5. Stranger on a Quiet Street
6. In My Own Time
7. Easy Money
8. It Doesn't Really Matter
9. Ordinary Dream
10. A Long Time Gone
11. Melting in the Sun
12. All She Wanted
13. Lonesome Lullabye