Quadrophenia [The Director's Cut]

  • Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2011
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Nov 30, 2011
    90
    Quadrophenia, as delivered the first time, is still one of his, and the Who's, greatest albums--and the better opera.
  2. Dec 8, 2011
    89
    With the CD mix the same as the 1996 remaster, plus a poster, 7-inch single, replicas of Townshend's handwritten notes and drawings, a DVD of 5.1 mixes, and a hardback book packed with photos and creative musings, this Director's Cut earns its indulgence.
  3. Nov 30, 2011
    75
    The album itself--melodically inventive, melodramatic, and incredibly rocking--sounds about the same as it did when it was first reissued in the '90s.
  4. Nov 30, 2011
    100
    Quadrophenia is one of the few albums of its time that sounds as good today as it must have done then. For once, the term 'masterpiece' is not sold on the cheap.
  5. Nov 30, 2011
    100
    You don't even need to know about the box-set's extras: if teenage angst is the root of rock and roll, then 'Quadrophenia' is its definitive statement.
  6. Nov 30, 2011
    90
    While the double-disc edition is quite a handsome thing in its own right--the Super Deluxe Edition is something special thanks to the alternate version of Quadrophenia, which contains six songs cut from the final album.
  7. Q Magazine
    Dec 15, 2011
    80
    Disc five means you can now hear it in its aborted "quadrophonic" surround sound mix. [Dec. 2011 p. 145]
  8. Uncut
    Dec 12, 2011
    80
    As ever with such pumped up reissues, the original album is still where the value does or doesn't lie. Most of Quadrophenia has stood the test of the decades better than might be expected. [Dec 2011, p.97]

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