Endless Wire - The Who
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  • Summary: The legendary band's first studio album since 1982 includes a full version of their mini-opera "Wire & Glass," which was recently released (appropriately enough) as a mini-album.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
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  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. 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.
  4. The album is inconsistent -- sometimes impenetrable, sometimes enlightening -- but always engaged.
  5. That it doesn't fall completely flat on its face must be considered some kind of triumph. [Dec 2006, p.126]
  6. It's the mini-opera that moves spryly compared to the proper rock album half.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. emilh
    Nov 14, 2006
    10
    They have got a hit ! Excellent album from the two surviving members of the Who and as right for the times as Tommy was in 1969. The songs are generally very good and thoughtful, not trying to copy or revive the old Who, which does not exist anymore. Excellent. Collapse
  2. BrandonC.
    Aug 2, 2007
    10
    Got to be a true fan to enjoy it so i guess i am go to see the who it's great!!
  3. B.P.GUY
    Nov 1, 2006
    9
    This duo of sixty year old rock stars has made a gutsy, varied, impassioned album of earnest, driving, and deep music, vulnerabilities and rough edges showing. Lucky for them, they don't have to worry about the weight of over ten other classic albums and a reputation as the greatest live rock band to ever walk the earth, like this particular band from Shepard's Bush that this duo reminds me of. This duo simply has to worry about making a compelling album of substantial music. And they have. A very good album too. Now, what was the name of that band they remind me of? You know the oe...they sang "Bucket T". Expand
  4. FrankB
    Dec 11, 2006
    9
    There's plenty one can carp about, but I still find myself listening to it a real lot. Some good rockers and very beautiful ballads. People expecting the Who of 1965-75 might be disappointed, but it's completely ureasonable to expect that. On its own terms, this is a very fine album, with better songs than about 90% of what's out there (and better songs than any Who album since "By Numbers" or any Townshend album since "White City"). Good to hear Pete & Roger still have as much heart as ever. Expand
  5. Grant
    Nov 8, 2006
    8
    Excellent Who album... The Who prove they can adapt and not just be the same old band with 2 replacements. They can reinvent themselves artistically and provide an all new style, yet still be within reach of their youthful "glory-years" sound. And these guys are fucking 60! Amazing... oh yeah, and Todd W, what a class act you are, have some respect... Expand
  6. gmc
    Nov 5, 2006
    7
    There's crap on it...Townshend needs to be reined in when he's too self-indulgent, but upon repeated listenings about half of it is pretty good stuff. Expand
  7. JohnL
    Nov 3, 2006
    0
    This band sucked then and they suck even more as old men ,die already!

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