The Who - WHO
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2019 Ratings: #324 / 737
User Score
Based on 61 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1042
December 6, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Rock, Pop Rock / Genres
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The Guardian

Despite their precarious relationship, Daltrey and Townshend return for their first album in 13 years, snarling at the Grenfell disaster and hoping for world peace.

With their first album in over 13 years, it’s difficult to know what a long-lasting band like The Who might release. It turns out, they haven’t lost their touch.
The Telegraph

They didn’t die before they got old. Now, in their mid-seventies, the surviving members of The Who grapple with their legacy on a twelfth album as big and bold as any fan could hope for.

Whether Roger Daltrey is bellowing through anti-war flamenco or slagging off copycat bands, The Who have lost none of their vim and vigour.
Consequence of Sound

This album may not represent one of The Who’s strongest collections of songs, but it’s the rare case study of a legacy brand as a vehicle for plumbing new ideas and moving forward.

A heck of a lot better than most bands of their generation making albums in the 21st century. Probably their best work in decades.
The Who by Numbers by numbers
So, since 2019 has ended and there are still a few albums I wanted review, I thought I would just write a bunch of mini reviews for albums released this year that I never got around to writing full reviews for. Starting with The Who, here we go:

The Who make a return in 2019, releasing their first album in more than 13 years. There was nothing too special or all that surprising here, but it honestly wasn't bad for a band this late in their career. It is much better than many of their ... read more
Average album with nothing special
The Who haven’t sounded this energetic and frankly inspired since The Who By Numbers and some moments on Who Are You, the fact these guys are in their mid-70’s now is even more impressive.
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Track List

  1. All This Music Must Fade
  2. Ball and Chain
  3. I Don't Wanna Get Wise
  4. Detour
  5. Beads On One String
  6. Hero Ground Zero
  7. Street Song
  8. I'll Be Back
  9. Break the News
  10. Rockin' In Rage
  11. She Rocked My World
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Added on: September 13, 2019