September 25, 2020

1981-04-10 – The Tampa Times

1981 04 10 The_Tampa_Times_Fri__Apr_10__1981_

. The Who: "Face Dances,” vocals and ilnstiumen-
tals. "Cache Cache,” "The Quiet One,” "You” and Six

others. Warner Bros._ HS 3516.

"Face Dances” is the first album of new Who
music in more than two years, and the latest chapter
of the baild’s 16-year history. The Who is still alive,

but is settling into its middle age. _
‘ Main songwriter Pete Townshend’s songs deal pri-
marily with the. importance of love on this album. The
theme is similar to 'John Lennon‘s last album, but
' Townshend expebts less from reality in love and in
‘ life. All he wants to do is play music to cope with a
world that is changing too fast for him to keep up

with.
' The music is tuneful and decent — but predictable

-— Who thusic. The only songs that bristle with some

of the aggressive Who music of the past and Town-
shend’s slashing power chords are the two songs writ-
ten by bass guitarist John Entwistle, "You” and "The

Quiet One.” . ’

If you like Town'shend’s sharp iyticai assessment
of his world and the rock world, you’ll enjoy the
album. But if you’re looking for the music that made

the band the Who, Entwistlefs songs are the only ones
with much of that taste. It is nice to see that Town-

shend still believes in his muSic though. In "Another
Tricky Day’? he says, "Rock and roll will never die,
this is no social crisis.” it i *.

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