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Face Dances (Remst)

Who Audio CD
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Face Dances went platinum and became the #2 album of 1981. This 14-track reissue includes five previously unreleased bonus tracks.

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2.0 out of 5 stars The "new" Who - you won't recognize them Oct. 15 2006
By fraz
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"Face Dances" (1981) was a much anticipated album by The Who. Fans and observers were very anxious to hear their first release in three years, mainly because this album would introduce a new member to the group: Kenney Jones was selected to replace the late, great Keith Moon on the drums. This was a controversial selection - Roger Daltrey did not want Jones as their drummer but Pete Townshend insisted. This was the new Who, for a new decade, with a new drummer and a new sound. Hope and expectations were high. Unfortunately, it just didn't work. Kenney Jones is a competent drummer, but he was not the right choice for The Who. His straightforward style just didn't measure up for a band who's sound relied on the frenetic energy and wildness of Keith Moon's drumming. More importantly, Pete Townshend's songs here are off the mark. With the exception of the solid top-10 pop-rock hit "You Better You Bet", this collection is uneven, erratic, flat, and sometimes bizarre. It seems that while trying to update The Who for the 1980s and explore new musical directions, Pete Townshend abandoned the core sound which made the band so great. The album sounds like a band which has lost its direction while grasping for relevance in its third decade. There are a few interesting moments (lyrically and sonically) here and there, particularly on the tracks "Don't Let Go The Coat", "Daily Records", and "Another Tricky Day", but this is faint praise for a usually praise-worthy band. "Face Dances" is more of a death knell than a re-birth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more great Who material March 28 2004
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This is one of the Who albums that many believe shouldn't have been made. It's true that the songs on here lack a bit of energy, especially compared to their early 70's records. But I can't help but think the songs on Face Dances are some of the Who's most well-written and memorable collection of songs.
Hearing Face Dances for the first time you can tell that, by this point in their career, the Who seem really exhausted. The songs that do have some energy feel more like the members of the Who are forcing themselves to rock out, to keep up with the times. The harder rocking songs just don't sound very convincing. However, I don't think the Who lost a step at all in terms of writing excellent music.
The main reason I love this album so much is because I think every song (excluding the bonus tracks) is written very carefully and every song is easy to remember and fun to listen to. Plus I have a lot of memories connected to all the songs, especially "You Better You Bet". Memories of when I was only a few years old and hearing that song on the radio as my mother drove us to Delaware to do some shopping. I feel like I'm back in the mid-80's once again whenever that song comes on. The rest of the songs give me the same memories.
But I think all the songs are excellent. Even "Another Tricky Day" which is most people's second favorite song (behind "You Better You Bet"). I couldn't get into that song for the longest time but now I think I finally hear what everyone else loves about it.
There are some moments that especially interest me such as in "How Can You Do It Alone" when the melody switches in another direction and the line "I need your help, so I can do it by myself" comes in, man that's great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Who Enters Another Uncomfortable Maturity Nov. 21 2003
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The Who, especially Pete Townshend, had been unhealthy in dwelling on the fact that they were getting older ("older" being your 30s in rock and roll) since the mid 1970s on albums like "The Who By Numbers" and "Who Are You." In 1978, legendary madcap drummer Keith Moon died, an event that forever shattered the band, and two years later, "Face Dances" reveals a group in a state of uncomfortable maturity and a yearning for wisdom.
Other albums, such as "Who's Next" allowed for The Who's growing maturity to be seen, but in those days, it was still with youthful arrogance. This is what makes "Face Dances" so unique. The Who are found in a frantic daze of disillusionment, unleashing track after track of enthralling energy.
The sound within packs a solid punch, in a vaguely pop-oriented feel, such as that of 'Cache Cache' and the excellent Top 10 single 'You Better You Bet,' as the mood is generated in a much more frenetic fashion in 'Daily Records,' 'You,' and 'Another Tricky Day.' Other songs like bassist John Entwistle's ironic self-portrait 'The Quiet One' and 'Somebody Saved Me' are minor Who classics. Kenney Jones, Keith Moon's replacement, proves himself to be a competent drummer, while Roger Daltrey's angry cries punctuate the album with essence.
Though it is without the pinnacles of other albums, "Face Dances" is definitely a worthy set. This album was the next-to-last studio album for The Who however, revealing the band's loss of desire, a fact which bitterly attaches itself to the songs here.
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Perhaps it was obvious that The Who was in its twilight years even before drummer Keith Moon's untimely death in 1978. Nevertheless, their album at the time WHO ARE YOU (1978) was their strongest release since WHO'S NEXT, mainly because it was a much better attempt at eschewing rock opera excess than 1975's self-consciously stripped-down (and appropriately titled) THE WHO BY NUMBERS. But with Moon's death, The Who unofficially went on hiatus as their feature-length documentary THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT hit theaters, and the three surviving Who members concentrated on solo work (with guitarist Pete Townshend having the most luck). In 1981, the Who decided to greet the new decade with a fresh approach (and a new drummer) on what would prove to be their penultimate studio album FACE DANCES.
It's almost a moot point that finding a drummer to rival the prowess of Keith was impossible, and for all intents & purposes, the Faces' Kenney Jones certainly had some big shoes to fill. While he certainly is not the primal genius Keith had been behind the skins, he still gets the job done & manages to make a good impression. Too bad he arrived at a time when it seemed The Who were no longer giving their all to their craft.
FACE DANCES was surely not the Who's best-selling album, yet it did feature their highest charting single in some time. "You Better You Bet" was far from just the token hit that Who albums had been providing by this time for it definitely is one of the band's finest recordings of their entire career.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some songs are very good
You wont listen it much compare to live at lleeds, quadrophenia or who's next? If youre a fan it's ok to buy it !
Published 21 months ago by Daniel Boisvert
5.0 out of 5 stars this who album requires no apologies
Face Dances means a lot to a lot of people, here's why:
1. the songwriting: superb
2. musicianship: amazing
3. timeliness: right on right now
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Published on June 22 2004 by D. Pike
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not by The Who's standards
The Who is one of, if not, the greatest band of all time. I think, however, that Pete Townshend's perpetual identity crises finally got the best of him here. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by cbhook
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Post-Moon Who Album
Many people don't like this album because it is a later-period, post-Moon Who album. I think it's a great album because it introduced me to the Who back in the early 80s (along... Read more
Published on July 27 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Imposters Produce Whiniest of All Who Albums!
Word has it that FACE DANCES was actually made by a completely different band than the guys behind WHO'S NEXT and LIVE AT LEEDS. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2003 by Billucy
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST
As I'm an Astley collector I have a different perspective on the Who.The CD WHO'S SERIOUS-The Symphonic Who was masterminded by Jon Astley,the Official Who Archivist,and no less... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2002 by THE FAMILY CAT
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the Japanese import version
I ordered this and returned it twice in the past two months - it is not the Japanese version is the miniature album sleeve, but the same MCA version that can be found in any store,... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2002 by smokeyjoe
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Album!
After Keith Moon died in 1978, The Who found a replacement drummer, Kenney Jones. He was a good drummer, but not as good as Keith Moon. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
Face Dances is certainly one of the Who's best albums. There really isn't a weak track to be heard, only a variety of great songs that keep the listener engaged from beginning to... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2001 by Jerry G.
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