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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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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!Read more ›
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.
There's an element of humor and worldliness in some of the lyrics ("Cache Cache", "Did You Steal My Money", and "How Can You Do It Alone", plus bonus track "I Like Nightmares") that was mostly missing from earlier-70s Who albums (except Odds And Sods).
Also, Townshend plays guitar in a different manner than on previous recordings (save for Rough Mix , Who Are You, and Who Came First). That is, he plays individual notes in addition to the power chords (in a 'new-wave' mode on this album). Of course, I cannot fault his rythmn-guitar-playing on any album (it's among the best!), but it was nice to see him branch-out from his signature style on this one.
The album is a bit short; there's about 6 great songs. The two Entwistle songs were not among his best, and didn't fit the rest of the album. I would probably rate it 3 stars, but give an additional star for "moving with the fashions, or be outcast" (Quadrophenia).
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
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)
14. The Quiet One (live)
There are probably only a few tracks the average fan will recognize....possibly You Better You Bet/Cache Cache/Another Tricky Day. Those 3 alone make this album exceptional. There are many other highlights and the bonus tracks, especially the live ones, really complete this album. Kenny Jones' drumming is very good, and Entwistles bass...even on songs that normally would be slow with just a few notes....is out of this world. Man that man could sure play.
All inall this album really holds up all these years later (2014 when I write this) and this has to be one of my top.......uhhhhhh 5..... Who albums. A solid 4 Stars.
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I've liked this album since I bought it in 1986, but when it was released with bonus tracks in 1997, I was shocked how good it could have been. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jake9000
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 on Dec 1 2012 by Daniel Boisvert
"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... Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2006 by fraz
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. Read more
Perhaps it was obvious that The Who was in its twilight years even before drummer Keith Moon's untimely death in 1978. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2003 by 35-year old wallflower
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 morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by cbhook
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 morePublished on Feb. 28 2003 by Billucy
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 morePublished on Dec 26 2002 by THE FAMILY CAT