The Who knocked out a couple of the best rock albums in history, like Who's Next, Tommy and Quadrophenia. But It's Hard reeks of contractual obligations. Uninspired tunes, not particularly well performed and an album that has aged badly. Just take a look at the arcade cover (especially the cheesy back-cover), it signals dread all the way. Eminence Front kind of saves it from being completely rotten. By the way, this is compared to the rest of The Who's catalogue. Several other artists would have been proud to put out this.