(November 13, 2015) — Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne’s ELO’s first album of all new ELO music in over a decade, Alone In The Universe, is available worldwide TODAY on Columbia Records.
Yesterday, Jeff Lynne’s ELO announced two intimate live shows at New York City’s Irving Plaza on November 20 and Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on November 24 to celebrate the album’s release. Tickets are now available for purchase for the New York City show HERE and Los Angeles show HERE.
Additionally, Jeff Lynne’s ELO will perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 18 and Jeff Lynne will participate in a SiriusXM Town Hall on November 19 in New York City to discuss the album.
The album has already garnered critical and fan praise alike, with NPR hailing “When I Was a Boy,” the album’s first single, “vintage ELO, with Lynne’s signature chord progressions, string flourishes and a wistful but infectious melody.” The Associated Press remarks that Jeff Lynne “shines” on the album, revealing his trademarks of “melodic meticulousness, layers of vocals, sundry Beatle-isms and a tint of melancholy even on the fast tracks.”
As with ELO’s previous chart-topping albums, Jeff Lynne continues to serve as ELO’s producer, songwriter, arranger, lead singer and guitarist. In September 2014, for the first time in 30 years, Jeff Lynne’s ELO headlined BBC Radio 2’s “Festival In A Day” in London’s famous Hyde Park to a sold-out crowd of 50,000 fans in attendance and nearly a million people tuned in to watch.
Lynne was the creative genius behind ELO which sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, had more than 20 Top 40 Hits across the U.S. and the U.K. and received countless awards and accolades. At the time of ELO’s formation, Lynne had said the goal was to create modern rock and pop songs. A goal that remains true some 30 years later with the creation of new material.
“Music is such a powerful force in our lives. A good song can make people feel much less alone in this universe. And trying to create one of those songs somehow makes me feel less alone too. My whole life—from being that kid with a dream in Birmingham right until today—proves how much music can do,” said Lynne.
“Jeff Lynne is a total master of his craft and ‘Alone In The Universe’ is pure pop perfection. We are thrilled to be involved in the return of ELO and enormously proud to be releasing this contemporary classic on Columbia Records,” said Ashley Newton, President of Columbia Records