"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.