Wire & Glass: Six Songs From A Mini-Opera EP
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THE WHO Wire & Glass (2006 UK CD single featuring a 11-minute 6-track epic taken from their long-awaited 1st album in over 20 years and is itself part of the longer mini-opera The Boy Who Heard Music; it is as you might expect a record that is unmistakably The Who and yet at the same time sounds amazingly contemporary!)
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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.
Although the drums sound great I think Mr Starkey would have stamped his mark on all tracks with authority. Pino on bass... Well having heard him live I grown to respect and admire him as John Entwhistles replacement. A difficult man to fill in for but I must say that the bass on these tracks is just fantastically fresh and seems to fit in well with The Who's unique sound.
All in all I love it; it's a fantastic montage all for the price of a single CD (a bargain). I can't wait for the whole album to come out.
For a greater understanding about the lyrical content of this new material I suggest you read Pete's novella The Boy Who Heard Music.
You miss Daltrey's range at times, which would make these songs soar but he makes up for this with gruff, blood and guts type, vocal, reminicent of early High Numbers, Who material.
The songs, or snippets of songs due out on the full album, are almost all fantastic. Townshend seems to be adopting a deeper, even more nasal tone to his voice which i think suits his elder statesman, godfather type persona. Not surprisingly the one full lenghth song on here, the one which radio stations could only play, is the weakest.I never felt the Who released the strongest songs as singles from their albums. Mirror Door just doesnt maintain the quality of the other songs on here . I feel Daltrey feels stilted by it and cant open up his voice. Not Pete's best writing either.
However this is a tantalising taste of what we can expect from the full album due out in October. I have a feeling its going to be a classic!
Unfortunately, you most likely will not be hearing this on your local classic rock station, which is content to play what seems like only Van Halen, Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd.....or if they do play more thoughtful bands like the Who, they never dig any deeper than "Baba O'Riley" (or "teenage wasteland" to the the idiotic masses), "Won't Get Fooled Again" or "Who Are You". So tell everyone you know about this fab new disc!!! If you're truly bold, request it on your local radio station and demand some refreshing new music!
To get right to the point, this reviewer believes this maxi-single contains music better than almost every studio recording made by the post-1978 Who, or at least as good as their best post-Moon music (e.g., "You Better You Bet"), and at times provides powerful echoes of their Keith Moon-era glory days. A casual fan may be somewhat baffled by this recording since it's not a typical single designed for Top 40 radio airplay, and so someone getting into the Who for the first time may wish to start elsewhere before approaching this. For the long-term hardcare fan, though, WIRE AND GLASS is very promising.
WIRE AND GLASS is already being criticized by some for various reasons, and the complaints probably are valid to some degree. But to me, such criticism misses the point at some level. This is, after all, the first attempt to make a cohesive Who album in many years. Yes, Entwistle's bass is sadly gone, Townshend and Daltrey are many years older and have lost some of the range and energy in their voices, the vocals are mixed too low at times, and the loss of Keith Moon continues to be a detriment even after almost thirty years. But to me the SPIRIT of the old Who is more in evidence here than it has been in years. Pete's guitar work muscles through here with far more authority than it did on FACE DANCES or IT'S HARD yet still retains finesse.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
same songs as on the endless wire album, but made into the mini opera.Published 15 months ago by kesines
A little disappointing for me I'm afraid as I am a big Who fanPublished 22 months ago by Don Metcalfe
after reading a very positive comment on above record, I decided to buy it but regret to say that it did not meeet my expectationsPublished on 20 Nov. 2013 by sametim
it's not the album but an EP selection of six songs from the album - I shall look more carefully next time!!!Published on 28 Jan. 2008 by steven555
Like all Who fans I was excited about this new offering from The 'Oo as I didn't want the awful It's Hard to go down as their last album. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2006 by Mr. Peter Squire
I've played this EP at least 20 times in the past week and love it more and more on each listen. Looking forward to the full versions and the new CD!Published on 28 Aug. 2006 by stlouiewhoie
Its great to hear some new material from The Oo and in a mini opera format makes it much more interesting than your standard single its a great 11 minute taster for the full 30... Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2006 by Peter Williams
In short, not worth the waiting or the hype. Pete wants to sound like Oasis and then proceeds to rehash riffs and complete passages from Quadrophenia. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2006 by Ms. Felicia Davis-burden