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CD Review: Jeff Lynne

Long Wave (Frontiers Records)

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There aren't really any surprises on this, Electric Light Orchestra leader and vocalist Jeff Lynne's second solo studio album. A collection of covers, it commences with "She," an old British pop tune that Lynne makes sound like an ELO track. And the same goes for the Rodgers and Hammerstein tune "If I Loved You." Lynne does a good job of paying homage to the late Roy Orbison with his cover of Orbison's "Running Scared," but too often he turns the songs here into second-rate renditions of the originals. Lynne fans will be better off seeking out the just-released Mr. Blue Sky, a collection of classic Electric Light Orchestra tunes that Lynne re-recorded so their production values would be improved.

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