Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra Reveal Details of New ‘Alone in the Universe’ LP, Release New Single ‘When I Was a Boy’
Lynne's label, Columbia Records, has announced a Nov. 13 release for the new LP, which is titled Alone in the Universe and marks Lynne's first studio outing under the ELO banner since 2001's Zoom. The set is preceded by a single, "When I Was a Boy," which you can hear below; the song will be available as an instant download for fans who pre-order the album via Amazon or iTunes starting Sept. 25.
"Jeff Lynne is a total master of his craft and Alone in the Universe is pure pop perfection," enthused Columbia president Ashley Newton. "We are thrilled to be involved in the return of ELO and enormously proud to be releasing this contemporary classic on Columbia Records."
For Lynne, who confirmed progress on a new ELO record last fall while expressing an eagerness to take the current version of the band on the road, Alone in the Universe simply serves as his latest attempt to stay in tune with the muse that's helped fuel his decades of multi-platinum success.
"Music is such a powerful force in our lives," he added in the album press release. "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."
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