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s="h3color tiny">This review is from: Alone in the Universe (Audio CD)

1. 3:13 When I Was a Boy 2. 3:29 Love and Rain 3. 3:06 Dirty to the Bone 4. 3:20 When the Night Comes 5. 3:29 The Sun Will Shine on You 6. 2:34 Ain't It a Drag 7. 2:50 All My Life 8. 3:07 I'm Leaving You 9. 3:21 One Step at a Time 10. 3:54 Alone in the Universe 11.
5.0 out of 5 stars
First off, love the 3-D cover, and the inner sleeve artwork with all the little touches like photos of Jeff as a kid, and the old radio.

Now on to the songs!

When I Was A Boy - Loved it from the first time I heard it. Melancholy and slightly sad feel, but a hopeful song about holding on tight to your dreams(to paraphrase another ELO song).

Love And Rain - I get the "Showdown" comparison, but this song stands out as being something special. Laura Lynne has some pipes! A great soul/R&B throwback, but with a modern touch that doesn't make it feel dated. Almost like an old Al Green song, or a new Alabama Shakes song! Great guitar solo, and the little bridge towards the end is outright brilliant. What a song!

Dirty To The Bone - A sunny sounding pop song, with the lyrics being a total contrast to the musical feel of the track. Wonder is this is about Rosie Vela? haha. Love Jeff's dry, upfront vocal parts ("she'll deceive you til the...Read more

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I will start by confessing that I am a Jeff Lynne fanboy. Very rarely does he disappoint me, whether he is writing and producing for others or for himself. The new album is no exception. I became a fan of E.L.O. back in 1981 when I was in sixth grade. My best friend played me some of his sister's E.L.O. 8-tracks and I was hooked. "Time" was released that year as well and it was over for me. That is still my favorite album of all time. I can truly say that I love every era of the Electric Light Orchestra. I may even be the only person on earth who believes that "Balance Of Power" is a great album. I remember squealing like a little girl when I walked into a record store back in 2001 and saw "Zoom" on the shelf. I didn't know that he had even released it so it was like Christmas and my birthday all rolled up into one. That being said, I have patiently waiting for new music from Jeff Lynne ever since. I have tried to keep up with all of the things he's done in the...Read more
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First off, love the 3-D cover, and the inner sleeve artwork with all the little touches like photos of Jeff as a kid, and the old radio.Now on to the songs!When I Was A Boy - Loved it from the first time I heard it. Melancholy and slightly sad feel, but a hopeful song about holding on tight to your dreams(to paraphrase another ELO song).Love And Rain - I get the "Showdown" comparison, but this song stands out as being something special. Laura Lynne has some pipes! A great soul/R&B throwback, but with a modern touch that doesn't make it feel dated. Almost like an old Al Green song, or a new Alabama Shakes song! Great guitar solo, and the little bridge towards the end is outright brilliant. What a song!Dirty To The Bone - A sunny sounding pop song, with the lyrics being a total contrast to the musical feel of the track. Wonder is this is about Rosie Vela? haha. Love Jeff's dry, upfront vocal parts ("she'll deceive you til the...Read more
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