I never really explored ELO beyond their hits, but the few CDs I picked up are really, really disappointing. I heard I should get “Out of the Blue”, so I did. It is lame. What happened to their orchestral sound, like “Can’t Get It Out of My Head”? It seems it devolved into too much electro-generated mush (i.e., overuse of that voice synthesizer, etc.) Overall, I don’t understand how a band can produce such great songs across their career…and yet generate many albums where they seem to be endlessly looking to find their sound. Yet, they found it - twice! (Orchestral or synthesized*) Last, did Jeff Lynn call the shots and eventually ruin the band?
*if not overdone