Having reacquainted myself with 2015's "Alone In The Universe" in advance of the release of FOON, my first impression of the 10 new trax on offer was that "From Out Of Nowhere" was an improvement, a more cohesive and consistent recording than AITU. Whereas retrospectively the former now feels like it was hastily assembled, the latter is a much more polished affair, a little like ELO albums of old. From the familiar tones of the opening title track (thanx to extensive BBC Radio 2 airplay) through to classy closer "Songbird", this writer senses a return to the songwriting form of the ELO maestro harking back to the good 'ol days. ELO fans, new and old, will love the changes in tempo afforded throughout what is a relatively short outing (32:42) with the pensive "All My Love" and "Losing You" balanced (with power) by "Down Came The Rain" (a familiar theme), "One More Time" (isn't it great to see Richard Tandy credited on an ELO LP again?) and "Time Of Our Life", a thoughtful inclusion to thank the 60,000+ fans who attended the 2017 "Wembley Or Bust" show. On a personal note, my twin faves at the time of writing continue to be "Down Came The Rain" and "Sci-Fi Woman" - formerly "WiFi Woman".
Trax: "From Out Of Nowhere" ~ "Help Yourself" ~ "All My Love" ~ "Down Came The Rain" ~ "Losing You" ~ "One More Time" ~ "Sci-Fi Woman" ~ "Goin' Out On Me" ~ "Time Of Our Life" ~ "Songbird"
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elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "From Out Of Nowhere" by Jeff Lynne's ELO to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, The Traveling Wilburys, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.
*** Until next "Time" in the ELOBF Universe ... KJS ... 01-Dec-2019 ***