Sound — 10
Many people consider this a peaking point for The Who and I'm not going to argue that. This is a very ambitious album, using synthesizers and sound effects quite often throughout, though not to the point where it sounds cluttered. The real treat though is hearing the interplay within the band, which is in peak form. John (bass) and Keith (drums) combine to create on of the most unique rhythm sections of all time and Pete has some great lead guitar playing which is very uncharacteristic of his style, but is still very good.
Lyrics — 9
This is a concept album about Jimmy, a mod who tries to discover himself, but fails to do so until he drowns himself in the sea. The songwriting here is top notch with Ptet Townshend's lyrics perfectly capturing the angst and frustration that not only Jimmy, but many other teens are feeling.
Overall Impression — 9
This is a great album, though I wouldn't suggest it as a first Who album (Who's Next or Tommy would take that honor) because it is a very complex work and it is an album that will take a little time for you to get into. But if you're a Who fan who knows more then just the hits, you should seriously consider buying this album. You won't regret it.