Out Of The Blue (studio album) by Electric Light Orchestra

Out Of The Blue by Electric Light Orchestra
Year: 1977
Overall rank: 495th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 595 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1977 (14th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (116th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (495th)
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Out Of The Blue is ranked as the best album by Electric Light Orchestra.

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79/100 (from 595 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.6/100, a mean average of 77.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.0.

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90/100
From 01/24/2023 14:07
Side 1 and Side 2 are simply incredible with every song in that initial run being amongst some of the best the group has created. All the songs on those sides flow nicely from one to the next and the music feels cohesive and focused. The music feels rich, grand and important with Jeff Lynne putting in a stunning vocal performance to match the brilliant instrumentation. The songs are just so infectious and the group definitely know how to write lyrics that will get stuck in your head. Then there is Side 3 and 4 which is considerably weaker in terms of its quality despite having two of the greatest ever ELO songs on there. Mr. Blue Sky and Sweet Is The Night are probably my two favourite tracks they have ever made but it doesn't save this half of the album. While the music does still feel grand it just doesn't hit as well as the first half and a lot of the songs feel like filler. Also, due to the length of the record it really does start to drag when you get to the final three songs and I argue that The Whale can be skipped entirely and you don't really lose anything. Overall, the album doesn't maintain the consistency it needs to be up with the greatest albums ever but it is still an elite level record full of enjoyable and fun tracks making it one of my favourites to revisit.
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95/100
From 09/06/2022 17:13
Nearly perfect
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85/100
From 05/09/2022 14:33
I like this album similarly to A New World Record. However I think that the best tracks on here are better than on its predecessor, simultaneously ANWR was more compressed and had not that much filler.
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From 04/23/2022 17:12
Bad tracks on this album? I don't hear any. All bangers, no filler
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From 01/14/2022 00:54
A long time ago this was one of my favorite albums. Mr. Blue Sky is probably one of the greatest songs ever. However, over time it feels a little dated. Even today it is painful trying to listen to the whole album vs. the 1/2 dozen songs on here that are top notch.
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70/100
From 12/21/2021 14:42
I feel that ELO is not for me. At places, it feels that the songs are similar to the overproduced ( Spector style) orchestral and choir sound mattress. The production and sound are so stuffed that there is no time for the listener to breathe, it lacks air. The ELO sound is very compressed and it lacks dynamics.

Genre wise ELO is all over the place and most of the songs do not rock at all, albeit having many catchy hooks.
A double album is always a bad choice for a listener or even for the band, with one sitting muchness and amount of music is not easy to overcome. Actually, only a few double albums have ever succeeded musically and an unavoidable amount of redundant material remains, like here.
I bet not very many will listen to this album regularly the whole way through, put some songs to the mix list and that might work well.
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From 03/09/2021 20:51
1977 was the year of many classic metal albums (Let There Be Rock and Cat Scratch Fever were my favorites then), it was of course also the year Punk came crashing in with full force (too many albums to name) and you even had some albums you could call postpunk (Marquee Moon, Blank Generation and even '77). But what is sometimes forgotten is that 1977 also spawned a number of the greatest classic rock albums ever. There was Animals, there was Aja, there was Rumors, there even was Bat Out Of Hell (don't shoot me, am I not allowed to have a guilty pleasure?). And there was this album which I loved to death at the time and of course of that very expansive Mr. Blue Sky. It's a double album so there are surely some stinkers here but boy what a gem of an upbeat album.
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85/100
From 12/04/2020 21:04
Just like the Beatles were reunited in the 70s
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95/100
From 08/07/2020 19:23
An opus of finely crafted tunes, melodic and full of counter melodies and classic tracks, sweet talk in woman, turn to stone, its over, Mr blue sky, across the border all irresistible
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Best Albums of 1977
1. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
2. Animals by Pink Floyd
3. Marquee Moon by Television
4. Low by David Bowie
5. Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols by Sex Pistols
6. Aja by Steely Dan
7. The Stranger by Billy Joel
8. "Heroes" by David Bowie
9. Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers
10. The Clash by The Clash
11. Trans Europa Express by Kraftwerk
12. Pink Flag by Wire
13. My Aim Is True by Elvis Costello
14. Out Of The Blue by Electric Light Orchestra
15. Talking Heads: 77 by Talking Heads
16. Lust For Life by Iggy Pop
17. Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf
18. Rocket To Russia by Ramones
19. Suicide by Suicide
20. The Idiot by Iggy Pop
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