Sunday, November 10, 2019

From Out of Nowhere (2019), by Jeff Lynne's ELO

If you like the sounds of George Harrison, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty – and Jeff Lynne – from the Traveling Wilburys era, you'll love this album.

No one captures the feel of classic pop and rock from the 1950s through the 1980s, with a modern twist, quite like Lynne, including the remaining artists from those decades.

This is Lynne's third ELO album of the 21st century, a century that has been kind to the veteran singer-songwriter with four high-quality releases (including the 2012 "solo" album, Long Wave) and a recent resurgence in popularity, cemented by the Hyde Park concert and the sold-out Wembley Stadium show.

As with all of his records of the last thirty years, Lynne plays most of the instruments, save for tambourines and shakers by Steve Jay and the piano solo on "One More Time" by longtime ELO bandmate Richard Tandy. Lynne manages to pull off sounding like a full-fledged band seemingly effortlessly.

Now 71 years old, Lynne is as energetic and youthful as ever, both as a singer and a musician, and shows no signs of slowing down. The album seems to be a harbinger of hopefully good things to come over the next decade.

While channeling a variety of influences, inspirations, and styles, Jeff Lynne continues to forge and evolve his own unique voice and vision.

--Raj Manoharan