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WHO'S NEXT

The Who

 

Proto-Prog

4.36 | 388 ratings

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Garion81
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5 stars Check it out I don't review many Prog Related bands and albums but i can't let this one pass by. In the test of time this album is still timeless. The second of what was to be three rock operas for the band Lifehouse fell apart at the seams and the leftovers became this album. Maybe it was fate because the leftovers became on of the greatest Cds in the history of rock. In the midst of the progolution in the early 70's this gem floated out to us. Anthemic in it's sound in its writing, playing and production Who's Next will be remembered for a long time. This album was made to listen to it in its entirety and what a ride it is. Soaring Violins and wild synth lines mark the opening song into Roger Daltry's booming voice and Townsend's wall of chords. Yeah, that alone will forever be a treasure to Rock's heyday and rebellion.

Others have stated the Who were not prog in that the songs rarely ventured outside the the three chord patterns and that Townsend was not a great soloist (but Entwistle was) and all that but this album was heavily influenced by prog from the synths to the violin to the piano and to the songwriting. From My Wife to Moblie and This Song is Over to Behind Blue Eyes to the screaming finally of Won't Get Fooled Again tell me this ain't a 5 star album. This album is essential as they come. Yeahhhhhhhhhhh!

Garion81 | 5/5 |

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