Time (studio album) by Electric Light Orchestra

Time
Time by Electric Light Orchestra
Year: 1981
Overall rank: 682nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 299 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 1981 (5th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (103rd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (682nd)
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Electric Light Orchestra bestography

Time is ranked 3rd best out of 36 albums by Electric Light Orchestra on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Electric Light Orchestra is Out Of The Blue which is ranked number 500 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,895.

Electric Light Orchestra album bestography « Higher ranked (596th) This album (682nd) Lower ranked (1,210th) »
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This album is rated in the top 13% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 75.3/100, a mean average of 74.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.2.

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80/100
From 08/23/2020 11:59
Interesting concept album with lynne piling on synthase, 21st century man is lovely but the vocal effects diminish it for me. Twightlight and hold on tight are the highlights, another heartbreak is instrumental dross.
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From 05/17/2020 01:18
A "Concept Album". If you can get over how silly the concept is (Jeff Lynne plays a man who gets sent into the future year of 2095 and then hates it and wants to go back), it's a lot of fun, and arguably ahead of the curve on synth driven sci-fi music. I love "Julie Don't Live Here Anymore", which is a bonus track on some reissues of the album.
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90/100
From 04/26/2020 21:25
This could be one of my guilty pleasure. I have to tell that this is one of my alltime favorite albums. When I first listened to it, I was young boy and I was really impressed about it and it never gone. The style, the sound, the lyrics it is so 80s and untill this day I really love that album.
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From 02/22/2020 04:21
one of the best albums of the 80's from one of the best bands of all time
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From 11/09/2019 20:16
Elo's time machine is stalled somewhere between Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Star Trek, yet as long as Jeff Lynne's future-vision Beatlemania comes in near-perfect Top Forty spurts, why moan? Time's thematic conceit (supposedly a look backward from the twenty-first century) is pretty superfluous: the synthesized rock & roll cellos in "Hold On Tight" and the Spanish stroll of "The Way Life's Meant to Be" make those tunes all-weather singles for the here and now. And you can't help but wonder what the endless bottom of "Another Heart Breaks" might do to the slow dancers out on the killing floor.

Only one major quibble: against the electronic landscapes, vacuum-packed vocals and sleight-of-the-art edits, all-time bashing great Bev Bevan becomes just another sound effect–a wandering cymbal amid the beep alarms and intermittent circuits. If ELO's not careful, they're going to end up becoming the kind of cheese that squirts out of an aerosol can. As it is, they're perilously close to fitting the description of the heartache in Lynne's "Yours Truly, 2095" dream home: "...the latest in technology/Almost mythology, but she has a heart of stone." (RS 358)

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(Posted: Dec 10, 1981)
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From 11/02/2019 13:26
After hearing "Hold On Tight" on Casey Kasem's American Top 40 Mighty 690 AM Radio Show back in Summer 1981 while with family around Ventura, California, a U.S. Route 101 road trip to Santa Barbara's Mission when I was just 8 years old, Dad then bought me my very first Electric Light Orchestra album from Tower Records, an audio cassette of Time by ELO, thus started the fandom 38 years ago! 8-)
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From 08/30/2019 16:08
This album is ridiculously underrated on this site. Best of '81.
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From 08/02/2019 17:01
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ELO with Supertramp are the most underrated bands ever, sadly
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From 01/28/2019 16:47
Just as much as an essential listen for music fans as anything by The Beatles, Dylan, Stones, Zeppelin, Floyd and any of the other big boys and girls - it's THAT good.
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Best Albums of 1981
1. Moving Pictures by Rush
2. Computerwelt [Computer World] by Kraftwerk
3. Discipline by King Crimson
4. My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts by Brian Eno & David Byrne
5. Time by Electric Light Orchestra
6. Juju by Siouxsie And The Banshees
7. Damaged by Black Flag
8. Faith by The Cure
9. Dare by The Human League
10. Fire Of Love by The Gun Club
11. Deceit by This Heat
12. Ghost In The Machine by The Police
13. Heaven Up Here by Echo & The Bunnymen
14. Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones
15. The Ascension by Glenn Branca
16. Youth Of America by Wipers
17. Killers by Iron Maiden
18. Face Value by Phil Collins
19. Movement by New Order
20. Nightclubbing by Grace Jones
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