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5.0 out of 5 stars this who album requires no apologies
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...
Published on June 22 2004 by D. Pike

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2.0 out of 5 stars The "new" Who - you won't recognize them
"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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worst from The Who, March 23 1999
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This review is from: Face Dances (Remst) (Audio CD)
Not only the worst album The Who recorded, it's a bad album coming from any group. Surely the sound is very good and clean, but the songs (exceptions there are) are so dull. Yes, Pete's songs are dull! But John provided two excellent songs, "You" and "The Quiet One", among the best of The Who, and that's why I am giving it three stars. In the revised edition, there are things such as "It's in you" that would make the album even worse, if it wasn't for the great live versions of "How can you do it alone" and "The quiet one" plus "Somebody saved me". If you want the latter days Who, "It's hard" is the one to get.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Who II do it for you. Long live rock-pop., Dec 1 1998
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This review is from: Face Dances (Remst) (Audio CD)
As noted by my colleague from Canada, it's fashionable to say post-Moon Who output is %^@#*. Even Townshend has said he'd wished they hadn't gone on, but like many artists he's unable to assess the value of his own work accurately. A guy who would put out several hours of his own basement noodlings (the Scoop collections, admittedly enjoyable) should shut up and realize that the two power-pop records he made after his favorite drummer died are fantastic albums -- if not exactly The Who. Fans who may have shunned these records (Face Dances and It's Hard) should get over it and get the rereleased CDs, which also have a bunch of worthwhile extra out-take and live tracks. Comparing Face Dances to Who's Next or Quadrophenia is a little like comparing Led Zeppelin II or Physical Graffiti to Page/Plant. Don't, it's misguided, they're different bands in different eras...each should be enjoyed for what it is. As noted, the writing is crisp and catchy (a wholly hummable Who album), the playing is lush and a lot more over-produced sounding than previous Who (or if you insist, real Who) records. But the truth is there isn't a bad song on here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vastly Underrated, Aug. 9 1998
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It's fashionable -- even among Who fans -- to lament the post-Moon era of the band's career as anti-climactic. The remastered Face Dances should put that complaint to rest. The material here is not second rate by any stretch of the imagination -- Face Dances is laced with some of Townshend's best songwriting. "You Better, You Bet" is a classic in the true Who vein, a bubbly tune with a catchy chorus, and the rest of the songs don't disappoint. Kenney Jones does an admirable job filling Moon's shoes -- surely the most difficult task in all of rock -- and the rest of the band are in fine form.
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