Who's Next review by The Who

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  • Released: Aug 25, 1971
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.8 (58 votes)
The Who: Who's Next

Sound — 10
The sound on this album is great. It's mostly heavy anthem rock, and the members of the Who are very well suited to handle this part, especially John Entwhistle and Keith Moon, the tightest rhythm section in music history. This album isn't straight hard rock, though. The Who go in a progressive direction, using synths and effects, as well as performing ballads, with acoustic guitars and drumless parts. Oh, and the violin in Baba O'Riley is awesome. The melodies and pop hooks on this album are solid.

Lyrics — 10
Pete Townshend has a way with words. His lyrics are either thinking lyrics, meaning they're deep and socially conscious, as demonstrated on Baba O'Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again, or they're feeling lyrics, meaning they're confessional and introspective, such as in Getting in Tune or Behind Blue Eyes. Roger Daltrey has a powerful, youthful voice on this album, and Pete Townshend's backup vocals aren't bad either.

Overall Impression — 10
This is definitely one of the best albums by the Who, and should be the first to get for anything interested in the Who. Baba O'Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again are the greatest anthems on this album, and Behind Blue Eyes is the best ballad. The only weak track on this is Going Mobile, which feels like a filler track, but it's still pretty good. Highly recommended.

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    It would be interesting to see what would have transpired if his original idea had materialized, but then again maybe it was for the better.