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WHO'S NEXT

The Who

 

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4.37 | 393 ratings

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Mr. Mustard
4 stars After the adventurous rock opera Tommy, The Who settle back into their classic rocking roots to produce the wildly popular Who's Next.

There isn't anything spectacular to say about the album; not because it's bad, but because it doesn't have the same bold writing style and concept of the albums that surround it. Instead, this a much more down to earth, rocking album that has nevertheless been strongly associated with The Who.

The songwriting and especially the musicianship is at its peak on this album. Townshend's compositional genius is again exemplified greatly on this album, as he is given songwriting credits for almost every song, not to mention his prowess as a guitarist (something for which he is vastly underrated, in my opinion). Daltrey's vocals reach a new level of intensity, and the rhythm section of Moon and Entwisle give heaviness and energy to the band yet again.

Song-wise, there really isn't any weak track on the album. 'Baba o'riley,' Won't Get Fooled Again,' and 'Behind Blue Eyes' get heavy radio play, but even songs like 'Going Mobile' and 'My Wife' (the latter being written and sung by Entwisle) are energetic and fun.

While not as adventurous as the albums that came before and after it, Who's Next has cemented a place as one of the best classic rock albums of all time.

7/10

Mr. Mustard | 4/5 |

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