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WHO'S NEXT

The Who

 

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4.37 | 385 ratings

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CCVP
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5 stars The who says goodbye to the 60's sound and enter the new decade with an even better album than Tommy

This album is a big turning point for The Who, not only because it is their second best album, in my opinion, but also because they finally got rid of the simple and straightforward rock they played in the 60's and evolved into something way lasting and complex than anything they did before. OK, i got to admit that that evolution started with Tommy, but Tommy still sound kind of raw and somehow unfinished when compared with Who's Next and Quadrophenia and that is because Tommy is still conceived with the 60's sounding / straightforward rock that characterized The Who so far.

Who's Next, as i said before, symbolized a big turning point for the band because that album, along with Quadrophenia, contain a bigger amount of experimentation with both their own instruments and with other instruments, such as synthesizers, pianos and violins. It also have a much better quality: both the playing and the singing sound much more professional, the songs are more mature along with the songwriting, specially when compared with their early albums and the production is also much better. Because of those improvements, i think The Who came close to become a progressive rock band but unfortunately they still kept being just a rock band.

The bottom line is: this album really brings The Who to a whole new level of quality that set the pace for their last masterpiece, named Quadrophenia.

Grade and Final Thoughts

For raising even more for The Who, putting the band in the new decade, as far as music goes, and being a quintessential rock album, Who's Next deserves the maximum grade.

CCVP | 5/5 |

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