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Face Dances (Remst)


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  • Audio CD (June 3 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002P6R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Better You Bet
2. Don't Let Go The Coat
3. Cache Cache
4. The Quiet One
5. Did You Steal My Money
6. How Can You Do It Alone
7. Daily Records
8. You
9. Another Tricky day
10. I Like Nightmares
11. It's In You
12. Somebody Saved Me
13. How Can You Do It Alone (Live)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fraz on Oct. 15 2006
Format: Audio CD
"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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Format: Audio CD
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 !
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Pike on June 22 2004
Format: Audio CD
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
4. production and aesthetics: stellar (thanks Jon Astley)
5. value: to some, priceless
i wish i could have the opportunity to work on a album of this magnitude someday.
...another tricky day...just another tricky day for The Who...they'll get through...
regards,
DP
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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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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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