Electric light orchestra - so serious


The Electric Light Orchestra's fourth Top 20 hit in a space of less than two years, "Livin' Thing" opens with a mock-Spanish orchestral flourish before swinging into a more typical mid-tempo ELO rocker, driven by a battery of acoustic rhythm guitars on the verses and modulating upwards into a falsetto Jeff Lynne vocal on a chorus that’s powered by an even more prominent than usual contribution from the group's string section. A typical -- and typically brilliant -- single from ELO's most artistically and commercially successful period, "Livin' Thing" is perhaps not a first-rank ELO single, lacking that impossible-to-dislodge hook that typified Lynne's most successful songs from this era, but it's still a darn sight better than most of what was at the top of the charts in late 1976.


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