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  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 1:10:48
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  • ASIN: B001KUS6MI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Simon Malia on 12 Dec 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Who were never, ever content to cruise in the comfort zone. Having started the 70s with "Live At Leeds", and then released the cutting-edge "Who's Next", before crowning their own achievements with "Quadrophenia" in 1973, The Who had burnt brighter and better than any other band of the period.
But the edge was being blunted. The sheer slog of re-writing and re-recording the score for the Ken Russell film of "Tommy", filmed in 1974, released in 1975, had taken a heavy toll on the band. Pete Townshend in particular was suffering. His vital working relationship with co-manager Kit Lambert had fallen apart from 71 onwards, and he was already unsure about the relevance of The Who by 1974/75.
He was terrified of them becoming just another bunch of aging rockers, unable to match their younger fire, or to move beyond to something fresh.
Also, the whole band were living lives of excess, especially Keith Moon. Hence the deep pessimism and self-loathing of the ascerbic "Who By Numbers" in 1975. After a proudly defiant series of live gigs in 75/76, The Who had once again slipped into a period of dormancy. In the meantime, younger, stroppier, snottier youngsters had taken the British music scene by the throat. The Sex Pistols, The Clash and all those who followed in their phlegm-flecked wake wanted to erase all memories of fat-cat rock bands grown older and lazy. The Who were still granted respect, but mainly for the danger and drama of their younger days.
By early 78, Moon's health and technical abilities had deteriorated sharply. He was in no great shape when the band reconvened to record this album.
So it's astonishing the album is as good as it is.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2006
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The Who's last album to feature the original line-up arrived in 1978, at a time when disco and new wave music were the headlining styles. Some of the song titles betray Pete Townshend's preoccupation with his feelings about music, but if you're going to give opinions on the subject, your credibility depends partly on your own efforts. For once, Townshend's efforts are ineffectual. Attempts to shoe-horn in synthesizers result in them often sounding intrusive and, these days, embarrassingly dated. Ironically, their use on the earlier 'Who's Next' album doesn't suffer from this problem.

John Entwhistle's three songs, musically at least, compare favourably with Townshend's often uninspired efforts. 'Sister Disco' and 'Guitar And Pen' are a slog, while the slushy 'Love Is Coming Down' is okay, but not what you'd expect from the author of 'My Generation'. 'Music Must Change' is more ambitious, a rare success, while the technical gifts of the band shine through as ever. Having heard Townshend's 'Empty Glass' album of a couple of years later, however, I can't help thinking he may have been stockpiling some of his better songs. The inclusion here of a version of the title track as a bonus serves as a nudging reminder in that direction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Guardian of the Scales on 17 May 2010
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I have all the Who's studio albums, plus various best ofs, live albums and compilations, and it is my considered opinion that "Who Are You" is the Who's most underrated album. When I first got it, it seemed closest to "Who's Next" (probably The Who's greatest album, for me anyway). The songs have the same muscular rock sound with big climactic choruses, and the synthesizer is quite prominently used.
There are 3 John Entwhistle compositions on "Who Are You", an unusually large proportion. The liner notes include a quote from Entwhistle complaining that the main problem with the Who was that he didn't get to sing enough of his compositions on their albums. The main problem for Entwhistle, maybe, but good for the rest of us. The Who's popularity was based on Daltrey singing Townshend compositions. If people wanted to hear Entwhistle singing his own compositions, his solo albums would have sold better than they did. So the Entwhistle tracks are among the weaker on this album, especially the very heavy and very turgid "Trick of the Light". The best of them is "Had Enough", sung by Daltrey.

The excellence of the album is, in my view, in the Townshend songs. The opener "New Song" is a full-on rocker, with provocative lyrics: "I sing the same old song with a few new lines, and everybody wants to cheer it." It could come across as a "me fans are stupid pigs"(Simpsons reference)-type rant, but Daltrey doesn't do cynicism or irony, so the mixture of Townshend's thoughtful and acerbic lyrics with the full-throated gusto of Daltrey's singing makes for an excellent hard-rocking opener.
The theme of musical creativity is prevalent throughout the album. "Music Must Change" is another exceptionally insightful, searching and honest lyric from Townshend and a powerful performance from the band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on 11 Sep 2012
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say WHO ARE YOU stands as on of The Who's best albums and one of my personal favorites. The first real Who album (not counting WHO'S BETTER, WHO'S BEST) I ever heard was WHO ARE YOU, a tape I bought back in 1997 at a pawn shop. (I also bought WHO'S BETTER at the same pawn shop). I immediately fell in love with it.

Another statement I'm probably going to catch a lot of flack for is that I found this much easier to really "dig" than that esteemed classic, WHO'S NEXT. While WHO'S NEXT has three perennial classics which this album has nothing on (Baba, Behind Blue Eyes, Won't Get Fooled Again), I found myself returning to this more than WHO'S NEXT. As time progresses, I can more fully appreciate WHO'S NEXT, although I still think that had been "Pure and Easy," and "Too Much of Anything" been included it would have been a stronger album. Another thing WHO'S NEXT has going for it is the aborted LIFEHOUSE project, but that is neither here nor there. Although I'm coming to the conclusion WHO'S NEXT is better, it took some time.

As for my relationship to The Who, I find it hard to get enthusiastic about their early, punkish material. While I think all the early tracks that always get anthologised are excellent cuts (Substitute, Kids are Alright, etc), their other stuff I'm not that thrilled about. But then again, I find it hard to really like LONDON CALLING by The Clash either. Just not my type of music. So it's only natural I prefer The Who's later work to their early stuff, and as this is a personal bias I must admit it.

Thematically, WHO ARE YOU is an album about trying to revitalise one's art.
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