If you missed the memo, Jeff Lynne is back with Electric Light Orchestra and releasing a new record. Billed as Jeff Lynne’s ELO, the English singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, god will drop Alone in the Universe on November 13th via Columbia Records. The album marks the group’s first in 14 years, since 2001’s Zoom if we’re keeping count, and features longtime keyboardist Richard Tandy. So, really, a win-win.
Already we’ve heard the very Beatles-heavy “When I Was a Boy”, and now comes a second hit with “When the Night Comes”. It’s a little reggae, it’s a little island-esque, but it’s also pure Lynne. As such, it’s very moody and very sweeping, fueled by a thunderous rhythm section and Tandy’s hazy synths. “When the night comes/ And everybody’s gone/ When the night comes / And I’m here all alone/ Every night, that’s when I think of you,” he pines. You will, too.