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Not their best,
This review is from: Who Are You (Audio CD)
After "Who's Next", Townshend threw himself into producing what would eventually become "Quadrophenia", and couldn't get his head around the fact that the music he had wanted to make for "Who's Next" (originally the "Lifehouse" project)was not forthcoming from his frazzled mind.
"Quadrophenia" went on to have massive success, and the rest of The Who's 70's output was widely regarded as dross until "Who Are You".
On release it was met with a genuine anticipation, and initial reaction was that it was a return to form. But, is it that good?
Ok, so it will be remembered for the fact that it was the last album The Who did before Keith Moon shuffled off this mortal coil, but it should also be remembered for a temporary return to The Who of old. The title track is what this album is all about, a huge bombastic mini-opera all of it's own.
"Who Are You" has become a staple of later-day Who shows, and rightly so as it is probably the last great song Townshen wrote. It is immediate and when Daltrey weighs in with his splendid set of pipes, it really lifts off.
Although there are a number of decent tunes on here, it kinda feels like it was cobbled together from bits and bobs...or should that be Odds n Sods? If you are looking to invest in The Who....try "Who's Next" "Tommy" and the incomparable "Live at Leeds", it's a much better bet.