Sadly, The Who's "final" album ("Endless Wire" changes this in 2006) is a failure. The Who's usual power, passion, and vision are absent from this 1982 offering which sounds muddy, poorly produced, hastily assembled, and rudderless. Yes, part of the problem is Kenney Jones (the late Keith Moon's replacement on drums)- he proved to be the wrong drummer for the group. But most of the songs here just aren't that good. Pete Townshend had written and used his best songs on his solo albums of this period ("Empty Glass" - 1980 and "All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes" - 1982). The Who albums in the 1980s got stuck with Townshend's mostly uninspired leftovers. He just didn't like The Who anymore (beyond the financial rewards the group still gave him) and it shows in his songwriting and commitment to the band. Still, "It's Hard" has a few good tracks: "Eminence Front", "I've Known No War", and "Cry If You Want" (the latter getting new life on The Who's 2006 World Tour) are the best from this otherwise forgettable assemblage. If you took the best songs from "Face Dances" (1981) and "It's Hard" (1982) you would have a very good record. As it stands, these albums are the weakest efforts from an otherwise mighty rock and roll band.