• Record Label: Republic
  • Release Date: Oct 31, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. So they've got sprawl and focus issues. But this underproduced mess of an album also has an abundance of magnificent, quirkily anthemic songwriting.
  2. Daltrey and Townshend have made a record as brazen in its way and right for its day as The Who Sell Out and Tommy were in theirs.
  3. Mojo
    No one could have predicted Endless Wire would be quite this good. [Nov 2006, p.98]
  4. No, it does not rank with the band's best work. But yes, as long as Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey walk the earth in tandem, the Who live on.
  5. Endless Wire turns out to be more effective and more coherent than it has any right to be.
  6. Billboard
    While the Who's acoustic side has always been underappreciated, Townshend revels in it here. [4 Nov 2006]
  7. Uncut
    Madly ambitious and deeply heartfelt, it's a grand folly in the great tradition of British rock. [Nov 2006, p.96]
  8. The current Who takes what seemed, conceptually speaking, like a really bad idea - that is, recording without Entwistle - and turns it into a triumphant re-emergence after nearly a quarter-century of creative inactivity.
  9. No, Endless Wire is not perfect -- its parts don't quite fit together, and not all of the parts work on their own -- but it is an endearingly human, impassioned work that more than justifies Townshend's and Daltrey's decision to continue working as the Who.
  10. Spin
    The highlight "It's Not Enough"... proves [Townshend] hasn't lost his knack for pop precision. [Dec 2006, p.104]
  11. Endless Wire is a not-quite-there return to late-period Who bombast, but the stadium-ready "It's Not Enough" makes an impression, and the second-half mini-opera—a quasi-sequel to Lifehouse and Psychoderelict—gets extra points for ambition.
  12. The album is inconsistent -- sometimes impenetrable, sometimes enlightening -- but always engaged.
  13. The nine tracks you must navigate before you get to the mini-opera seem like a trudge.
  14. It's the mini-opera that moves spryly compared to the proper rock album half.
  15. New Musical Express (NME)
    'Endless Wire' isn't quite as awful as it should be. [28 Oct 2006, p.33]
  16. Q Magazine
    That it doesn't fall completely flat on its face must be considered some kind of triumph. [Dec 2006, p.126]
  17. The album is unlistenable for a simple reason: Roger Daltrey.
  18. Strangely, all the missing elements and nostalgia-grabs that make the first half of Endless Wire such a sad listen organize themselves into a form that is faintly exciting for the second part.
  19. Pete, sweetheart. Enough with the rock operas already, "mini" or otherwise.
  20. Townshend's faith in rock 'n' roll as an appropriate vehicle for his biggest ideas is admirable, but Endless Wire does little to justify his devotion.
  21. Paste Magazine
    The songs are mostly weird, overly familiar, or simply bland. [Dec 2006, p.89]
  22. Blender
    What remains is a concept that's been stewing too long and a singer who's one scream away from a hernia. [Dec 2006, p.180]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 52
  2. Negative: 6 out of 52
  1. Jun 15, 2015
    The Who have sucked since the death of Keith Moon in 1978. The surviving members should have shut the band down in 1978 and lived off theirThe Who have sucked since the death of Keith Moon in 1978. The surviving members should have shut the band down in 1978 and lived off their greatness. Instead, Pete Townshend decided to grab as much money as he could before he dies. Full Review »
  2. BrandonC.
    Aug 2, 2007
    Got to be a true fan to enjoy it so i guess i am go to see the who it's great!!
  3. ChazS.
    Jun 3, 2007
    Every song is so good it could be from a greatest hits compilation.