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Alternativa - 2005 A Night In Starlight

Willem Evers - vocals, piano, keyboards
Joost Evers - drums
Dick Kampen - bass
Sander - guitars

According to the Alternativa web site, Dutch songwriter Willem Evers accidentally 'discovered' the music of Electric Light Orchestra in 2003 and set to work forming a band while churning out a remarkable 19 songs inspired by Jeff Lynne. I personally wish more musicians would have accidents of this magnitude because 'A Night In Starlight' is a beautifully executed work which not only pays homage to ELO, but in turn offers something fresh and highly listenable.

The Songs
While Alternativa have got the ELO sound down to a science, I hear more 'Discovery' and the 1981 classic 'Time', than 'Eldorado' or 'Face The Music' which is fine with me, and unlike the recent L.E.O. disc which was focused on Jeff Lynne's studio techniques, 'A Night In Starlight' has a definite band feel. If I am not mistaken, I also hear snippets of Alan Parsons Project and 10cc which is always a good thing, but this isn't an album you listen to just to pick out influences, obvious or not. In fact after half a dozen plays, I no longer think of the ELO-isms and just enjoy it for what it is- Alternativa. Evers is a talented writer influenced not only by Lynne, but composer John Williams and this is particularly evident in his dramatic keyboard work. Both the opening 'Overture: Hello Earth' and closing 'A Dream Of Magical Fantasies' are instrumentals highlighting his talents, but this is a tight band and all the pieces come together on the excellent 'Fly Away', the beautiful John Lennon - like ballad 'When You're Lost' and 'Sunglass Hero' which is dedicated to Jeff Lynne.

In Summary
'A Night In Starlight' of course receives my highest recommendation. You expected anything less?! The band has released a single 'Join Us For Christmas' paired with 'Voyage Of Time', the latter not available on the album and I suggest getting both and supporting Alternativa. They have a new CD coming out in a few months and deserve your attention. I can't wait!

URL: www.alternativa.nl

Track Listing:
01 Overture: Hello Earth
02 Fly Away
03 Shiny Blue Nights
04 Love You True
05 When You're Lost
06 All It Would Have Taken
07 Sunglass Hero
08 Change The Music
09 Give Us A Little Bit More
10 Hi and Good Afternoon
11 Carry On
12 It's Alright
13 Join Us For Christmas
14 A Dream Of Magical Fantasies


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#1 | gdazegod on December 28 2006 00:41:39
What.. with this lot along with L.E.O, Jeff Lynne must find this highly bemusing! Now we wait for the movie! Smile
#2 | Nick C on January 24 2007 15:50:19
Well after reading the above I went and done got myself a copy...hyuk hyuk. It's pretty fantastic. Another band I would list sound wise (slightly) is New England, especially on Fly Away where the keyboards sound straight from Explorer Suite.
Really, really enjoyable release and one I'm know I'll get plenty of enjoyment from in years to come.
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