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By R. J. SMITH
I cannot imagine my life or anyone
:ese's being defined by Who _Aire You
n the way that so many Who songs and
.abums have, and in a way that has
-become the mantle the Who must live
with perpetually. "My Generation,"
K;'The Kids Are Alright," "The Who Sell
*Out," Tommy, "Pure and Easy,"
"Won't Get Fooled Again," Who's
Next-none are like Who Are You.
It's almost as if Pete Townshend has
,edged his bet here, postponing
anything too ambitions for fear of
losing the sheer ioy of playing with a
Who not fighting among themselves for
the first time in years.
Who Are You is instead a mixture of
disconnected songs: tunes scrapped
from projects Townshend has been
'working on, tunes scrapped from
projects bassist John Entwhistle has
been working on, and some songs which
seem to have been assembled right in
'k Missing is much -of the slashing
trademark Townshend guitar work,:
because Townshend felt too many solos
would crowd out the others' playing.
But in this instance, democracy exacts a
sad toll, and Moon and Entwhistle too
often must struggle to fill up the
familiar spaces that Townshend
At the same time, much good can be
said about the new Who album. Though
Townshend is laying low (even his.
vocal work. is restricted to a single
bridge of "Sister Disco"), the others
have, except for solo work,
monopolized on the situationquite well.
ENTWHISTLE PROVIDES a
dynamite rocker called "Trick Of The
Light," and another of his three tunes,
"Had Enough," is one of the highlights
of the LP. Charted with a magnificent
string and horn arrangement that some
have found overripe but I find
incredibly well integrated with the
Who's playing, it's a truly apocalyptic
vision borne of anger and despair. Not a
"Paint It Black, 1978," it's effortlessly
driven home like an ecstatic fantasy.
Truthfully, song-by-song, Who Are
You is a very fine collection of
Townshend material. Delving further
into the intricacies of the synthesizer,
Townshend's songs - while not as
introspective as "Rough Mix" or as
wrenching as many on The Who By
Numbers or Who's Next-nonetheless
show him to be the most fearlessly
honest and self-assailing artist in rock
today (he wins this prize hands down,
considering Lou Reed died many years
Just as the despondency of "Had
Enough" is unfolded in an uplifting
arrangement, so is the self-doubt and
depression of "Guitar and Pen"
uncovered by music that might have
achieved near anthem-like intensity
had Townshend only taken it upon
himself to risk losing the stability with
some of his grandstand power-
chording. As it is, it's merely a fine,
AND FINALLY, there is the title cut.
It's essential that the "Who Are You"
printed on the album's cover does not
appear with a question mark - in
terms of the song, it makes a world of
difference. "Who Are You" is an
indictment of the Who's audience, a
call to action, a demand to maintain a
life of vitality and danger. From the
beginning, there is Roger Daltry at his
historic best, sounding like thunder as
he tells a tale of debauchery:
I woke up in a Soho doorway,
a policeman knew my name
he said you can go to sleep at home tonight
if you can get up and walk away
Istaggered back to the underground
and the breeze blew back my hair.
I remember throwing punches around
and preaching from my chair
The sing-song chorus drives the
message home - this is what we are;
what can you do that won't be boring?
But also implicit in that title, a little
deeper down, is a good deal of the love
Pete Townshend has for his audience.
"Who ARe You" as a phrase in tune
with the audience. But in the lyrics,
Townshend shows he has his doubts
about being good enough for his
I spit up like a sewer hole,
yet still receive your kiss
how can I live up to where you are now
and such a love as this?
It is a tremendous question to be
asking, even more tremendous since
after 14 years, Townshend still doesn't
know if his abilities can possibly match
"Who Are You" is propelled by some
of the best rapid-fire mood-changing
the Who have ever employed in their
songs, and is accompanied by a sparse
but axial guitar attack in the midst of a
contemplative portion, that, well, rips
the old lungs out every time.
Who Are You is a collection of songs
- not too strongly bound together - by
a group very much in flux. Although it
does not have the power to key the
emotions of the masses as previous
albums have, and shows Pete
Townshend in a sometimes-state of
studiousness and deference, it's a
collection of songs often extremely vital
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