A New World Record
Electric Light Orchestra
United Artists 679
Released: October 1976
Chart Peak: #5
Weeks Charted: 69
Certified Platinum: 12/6/76
Containing as it does a curiously redundant version of the Move gem "Do Ya" (which Jeff Lynne wrote four years ago) along with a package of songs that rather re-echoes ELO's material from the last couple of years, the cynic might regard A New World Record as the work of a creative person (Lynne) in the process of stealing from himself. A more generous observer (myself for instance) might view this gentle treading of the creative waters as merely temporary -- the workings of a band, now peaking in popularity, that is attempting to supply audiences with exactly the sound they want to hear.
- Alan Niester, Rolling Stone, 12/16/76.
Eat your diploma, Eric Carmen -- after years of floundering, they've gone all the way and made a Moody Blues album with brains, hooks, and laffs galore. My fave is "Rockaria!," about a lass who "loves the way Puccini lays down a tune." Granted, I initially thought it was strictly for those who got off on music appreciation in high school, like the lass. But now I think it's also for those who hated it, like me. B+
- Robert Christgau, Christgau's Record Guide, 1981.
A superbly crafted and dark-hued body of songs, all melodic and delectable. * * *
- Bruce Eder, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.
The precision of ELO's 1975 set Face The Music was quickly surpassed by A New World Record, which ranges from the operatic rock of "Rockaria" to the mournful "Telephone Line" and a remake of an early Move hit, "Do Ya." * * * *
- Eric Deggans, Musichound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, 1996.
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