Now down to four main members, and with the band’s customary strings gradually giving way to synthesizers, Discovery
remains one of Electric Light Orchestra's best albums.
The band embrace disco with the likes of the opening "Shine A Little Love" (indeed, it has been stated that the album title could also be read as 'disco very') and the wonderful, breezy "Last Train to London", a song that I enjoy all the more because I like trains, and I was also born in and like London, while "Confusion" and "On the Run" benefit from refreshing, hook-filled melodies.
Then there's "The Diary of Horace Wimp", which is a bit different, but I especially love the early don't be afraid
build-up in the chorus. And of course there's the unforgettable cracker of a finishing track, "Don't Bring Me Down".
was released a few years before I got into rock music, but I remember being familiar with "Don't Bring Me Down" through visits to ice skating rinks and suchlike, and wondering who this 'Bruce' was about whom they were singing. Wikipedia tells me however that I'm not the only one who's made that mistake - to the point that Jeff Lynne started actually singing 'Bruce' for fun in concerts. But it's actually a made up word ... 'Grooss'.
There are a couple of lesser moments on the album, those mainly being the slower songs - they're not bad, just nothing terribly memorable. But overall, Discovery
finds Lynne and those still with him effortlessly playing a selection of engaging and catchy pop ditties that might not have much depth, but so what? They're fun. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor