Listen to enough Electric Light Orchestra and you’ll quickly realize how they’re easily one of your favorite bands. (Or how they’ve perfectly soundtracked a handful of iconic film scenes over the last 20 years, especially this one.) What you’ll also come to recognize is that Jeff Lynne is a pop maestro genius.
Good news, folks: The English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, god is back with his first album of new material in nearly 15 years. Titled Alone in the Universe, the follow-up to 2001’s Zoom will hit stores in time for the holidays on November 13th via Columbia Records.
Hear a fresh squeeze of Lynne’s latest work below with “When I Was A Boy”. Now, before you go and make comparisons to The Beatles, know that Lynne was very close with the band, specifically George Harrison. In fact, some of Harrison’s final recordings appeared in the last ELO album.
Oh, don’t be too confused or dissuaded by the new moniker, either. After reuniting with longtime ELO partner-in-crime Richard Tandy, the two started billing themselves as “Jeff Lynne’s ELO“, likely due to some legal mumbo jumbo that’s too snoozeworthy to sort through. Whatever the case, know this is all legit.
Now that that’s out of the way … Bonnaroo, Jeff?