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Track Listing. Jeff Lynne. Telephone Line. Mission A World Record. So Fine. Livin' Thing. Strings are no longer a novelty. They're a band who haven't yet gained the attention in this country that they deserve. Acquiring this album would be a fine way to change all that. But random experiments are no way to crack the States or to stay in favour there, and the complexity on this set is all in the service of strong melodic songs.
Robin Smith of Record Mirror said, "Combining electric guitars with highbrow symphonies is a pretty crazy combination, but for the ELO it works. Often the music borders on clumsiness and the lyrics are sometimes silly, but the band's sense of fun carries them through.
Each of the nine tracks is immediate, commercial, professional. And trying to balance the superlatives with useless nitpicking and the 'relevance' of supposed old farts like Lynne would be sheer crap. In the U. Alan Niester had some reservations in his review for Rolling Stonefeeling that the record was something of a "treading of the creative waters" and that the group were at that point "a band, now peaking Livin Thing - Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record (CD popularity, that is attempting to supply audiences with exactly the sound they want to hear".
However, Niester then went on to note that "Lynne has always been rather deft with the melodic hook, and both 'Livin' Thing' and 'So Fine' are irresistible additions to his list of catchiest tunes. Numbers like 'Mission A World Record ' and 'Shangri-la' continue the history of classy orchestral stylings that really rock.
In his retrospective review for AllMusic Bruce Eder compared A New World Record with ELO's follow-up, the double album Out of the Blueand felt that the former album was the better of the two, being "a more modest-sized creation chock full of superb songs that are produced even better A New World Record contains seven of the best songs ever to come out of the group.
The Beatles influence is present, to be sure, but developed to a very high degree of sophistication and on Lynne's own terms, rather than being imitative of specific songs.
The cassette tape version consisted of "Tightrope", "Rockaria! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Electric Light Orchestra.
Rock pop. The official hit rockers of the album are 'Rockaria! Jeff Lynne's skill of writing effective pop songs is undeniable. The city at night in the cover reflects that charm - fruit of the mastery production.
The closing song 'Shangri-La' is a sweet ballad, the protagonist missing in self-pity something dear now lost. Shangri-La refers to James Hinton's famous novel about a secret country of happiness. When the song has faded, the Album) creeps back to repeat a symphonic phrase with some background choir and distant vocals.
That's another magic moment of the album that made me dig it as a kid. I do have some fond memories of the album as I was introduced to it in the late 's as a child.
Lynne's vocals and production have vastly improved, too. However, it isn't progressive rock and never will be. With that in mind, I can only recommend this to collectors and fans only and thus it deserves two stars. All others, please avoid. I started to understand that a couple of violin and cello arrangements over clearly Rock songs plus a guy that could fake the voice of a Soprano on stage is not Prog, and my blind happiness ended. A lot of people consider Kansas an AOR band only because they dared to release a very good but commercial song named Dust in the Wind, well "Telephone Line" is even less original, absolutely commercial and made exclusively to ensure the album will have a hit single.
This track takes the entire album down, if you have problems with sugar, please avoid it or you'll need insulin. If I had to choose a good track I would stay with the melancholic Album) incredibly beautiful "Livin' Thing" the violins give a gypsy Hungarian atmosphere that IMO is close to perfection, if any track was made for Jeff's voice is this one.
The rest of the songs are almost in the same vein, rock with violins and Cello, and a bunch of guys pretending to be more original than they really are By no reason this album should be considered Progressive Rock, because it isn't even remotely close, but despite the genre it's a very good release Except for the horrendous "Telephone Line"so if you just want good music it's your album.
How to rate "A New World Record" is another problem, 5 or 4 stars are out of the question, because it's not essential for any Prog' collection being that by this point of their musical evolution ELO wasn't even Prog related. Inmost of the radio stations in my country played Disco Music almost endlessly.
I never have been a fan of this style of music. So, "A New World Record", which sounded then and it still sounds to me like commercial Rock, was a good option. Recently, I listened to this album again, and my views changed. I think that now, in hindsight, I can write a more "balanced" review for this album.
This album is good, and it seems that ELO spent a lot of time recording it. The songs are not very complicated. Basically, the songs are good Pop Rock songs with very good arrangements. Sometimes the arrangements are excellent. So this album has a lot of quality in arrangements, but some songs are not very good. Jeff Lynne, IMO, was now with a clear objective in his mind: to release commercial songs, with very good arrangements, but with radio playing in mind.
The best songs in this album, IMO, are: "Rockaria! In conclusion, this album has a lot of quality, and it deserves the popularity it has. So, as I gave to "Balance of Power" 3 stars, I give to this album 2. A New World Record was the last release that showed any semblance of an artistic work, as opposed to a purely commercial venture. This record is actually a bit more depressing than most casual listeners probably realize. Album) is a well-known album and a favorite for many of us who came of age during the mids.
Taken on its own merits though, this is a good album, although I suppose not essential. But when scrutinized carefully with the distance of time, this is also a somewhat bitter lament by Jeff Lynne about longing, but more importantly, about change.
Right from the beginning, "Tightrope" gives us strings, and an operatic chorale. It then turns into a bouncy little number, while retaining the string sounds, and some good ol' rock guitar. It ends with the same tone as the opening. It also contains a groovy little doo-wop. Thus retaining some prog cred. It segues nicely into the violin intro for the next song. The gypsy violin gives it a bit of panache. Not just your average Top 40 here.
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