Timbale, on 22 October 2021 - 09:20 AM, said:
I am a big fan of The Who's most recent record in 2019, titled simply WHO.
I think as a band, the have been very careless with their own legacy - endless rehash collections, songs sold to tv shows and commercials, greatest hit tours etc... so that when they put out their first album in 12 years - and only their 2nd record since 1982! - it really didn't seem so special. But I think WHO is a really good album that kinda got lost in the shuffle. Someone else mentioned Bob Dylan in the thread (which I very much agree with), and one of the things that is interesting about his releases is that Columbia Records or his management or both have managed to treat every new one as an event - as something special from a legendary artist. Of course, whether you're a fan or not, that is fairly objectively true, because he's so historically important, but not every "classic" artist gets that kind of consideration in the public eye with their new work. I don't know how in the hell you make an album "important" in this day and age, I really don't...but I do know that there were 2 or 3 songs on WHO that I thought would have real resonance as singles out in the world...but it seemed to disappear.
I just listened to it the other night, great disc! Not quite on the level of Who's Next or their rock operas, but energetic playing, good songwriting, and Roger and Pete still sound great on vocals. Some really good messages in there too. What else is an aging rockstar supposed to write about? According to many, the same things they always wrote about, but Pete is smarter than that. All This Music Must Fade, We Don't Wanna Get Wise. Excellent material. If they had stretched out a bit more instrumentally instead of keeping every song sharp and snappy I imagine it might have caught more attention, just a gut feeling. It was a great comeback for sure, and I got my copy at no extra charge with my concert tickets from that summer. Incredible show, one of the best I've seen.