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Jeff Lynne, Long Wave (Frontiers Records)

One man's fond nostalgia is another man's insufferable sentimentality.

For his first solo album in 22 years, former ELO head honcho Jeff Lynne has revisited a selection of standards he first heard on his dad's radio in Birmingham back in the 1950s. To these ears, however, this self-indulgent exercise is nothing more than millionaire's karaoke.

Lynne dips into the classic American songbook for Rodgers and Hart's Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered, shifts up a gear to rock'n'roll with Chuck Berry's Let It Rock, and sinks into a vat of cheese with Charlie Chaplin's Smile. If in doubt, his motto seems to say, dub, dub and overdub again, until multi-layered vocals and guitars give each song an instantly recognisable (but surely outdated) production makeover.

The problem is that everything here – whether it's Charles Aznavour with She or Etta James with At Last – was originally done by someone with a better or more distinctive voice than Lynne's. Nothing is improved, only redone. And surely a fellow Traveling Wilbury should know better than to replace Roy Orbison's haunting vocal on Running Scared with his own?

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