Irrespective of Iron Mans 'Dig' or the more recent 'Real Good Looking Boy' and 'Old Red Wine', this long awaited product was truly what felt like an official 'new' release by the band. 24 years this bruised and battered Who fan had held out, always believing something truly new would be forthcoming from 'The' Greatest of Rock and Roll bands, not just a single song release but believing also that 'It's Hard' would not be the bands last attempt at a long player.
So, the taster of the Mini-opera, a snapshot of the full blown extravaganza that awaits release within the new album in October, does it stand up? Oh yes! It does indeed. The sound displays a new band that is certain, but therein lies a sound that is instantly recognisable as being The Who. I won't critique each segment of the mini-opera, suffice to say, each part contains something unique, an individual feel that leaves the listener wanting to know the rest of the story, an abridged listening experience it maybe, but it won't leave you disappointed, instead, you will seek out the total story, the unabridged version, and as a precursor to that mouth watering delicacy, it is a first class starter!
Intelligence, passion, guts and innovation, four trademarks of The Who, and there all still here folks, 'Wire and Glass' is a success, I only gave it the four stars simply because it forms part of something greater and more complete.
Buy it! Says the Ether Man.