|1. New Song|
|2. Had Enough|
|4. Sister Disco|
|5. Music Must Change|
|6. Trick Of The Light|
|7. Guitar And Pen|
|8. Love Is Coming Down|
|9. Who Are You|
|10. No Road Romance|
|11. Empty Glass|
|12. Guitar And Pen (Olympic '78 Mix)|
|13. Love Is Coming Down (Work-In-Progress Mix)|
|14. Who Are You (Lost Verse Mix)|
This album has some real solid stuff on it even though the arrangements are a bit dated, "Who Are You" which became a surprise AM Radio hit, Trick of the Light and Entwistle's "905" are among my favorites. This shouldn't be the first Who album you buy, but it doesn't have to be your last choice either.
Roger's singing was never stronger than on this album. He eptomized the anger and the poignance of Townshend's lyrics. One of the main things to realize is that this album came out at the height of the disco era. The playing is contemporary, including great synth parts that never take away from the shear power of the rock and roll this quartet put forth.
Townshend, in fact, made a highly revered statement about the state of popular music in the song "Sister Disco". The late John Entwistle also composed a couple of his strongest efforts: "Had Enough"(sung with wonderful intensity by Daltrey, the highly ironic "905"(with it's Townshend-like symbolism and sarcasm, and a hugely overlooked effort, "Trick Of The Light". Again, Daltrey delivers this one with incredible emotion and feeling.
The whole band shines on this release, even in the face of Townshend's clear statements on society and popular culture. Townshend's writing here is incendiary, and the rest of the band fall right in. This was certainly an amazing comeback after "The Who By Numbers", which was certainly uneven at best.
This disc is a *must have* for anyone that is remotely interested in the band and it's advancement. There's no question to their maturing as a band and as the voice of a generation.Read more ›
The return to the mode that was so successful on the Who's best album should've been a good idea, but it isn't. The main problems are over use of Synthesizers, Roger Daltrey's singing, and in particularly, the songwriting.
According to the booklet, the Who never actually performed any of the songs in its entirely in the Studio together. And it shows. Who Are You is not so much a Rock'n'Roll album as a composition. Many of the tracks would have benefited greatly from being played in the studio, with less editing, mixing and additions. As they stand, the songs feel artificial and unnatural.
Roger Daltrey's singing is no help, either. Although usually one of Rock's best vocalists, on 'Who Are You' Roge mostly sings in an aggressive, machoistic and bombastic sound, which does not mesh well with the introspective lyrics of Pete Townshend's lyrics.
Nonetheless, Townshend is the main culprit in the failures and triumphs of 'Who Are You?'. It is he above all others responsible for the editing and mixing, and as usual, Townshend was the main songwriter for the Who.
And the songs are problematic. Lyrically, they are often narrow minded and whiny. Townshend often tends to kitsch, but the hails for new music in 'Music Must Change' and 'New Song' are all but pathetic, especially as they came from one of the most important musicians of the time. It is even worse, given how similar in sound Who Are You is to previous Who albums.
In fact, more then the lyrics, the music on this album feels old.Read more ›
I can't for the life of me understand why Keith Moon is considered "The greatest drummer in the world". Read more