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The Who


Twelfth album and first for 13 years from the legendary British rock band with album cover art designed by Peter Blake

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    It's spellbinding, shiver-down-the-spine stuff, and enough to have any self-respecting Quadropheniac dusting down their scooter for one last run down to Brighton. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Musicians writing and singing about being in the seventies is a rare thing in the Peter Pan world of rock--but The Who do it exceptionally well. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    With WHO, ‘classic’ doesn’t mean retread. After 16 years from the studio, they’re here to challenge, not to please
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    For two guys in their 70s, it's pretty impressive and if this is their last hurrah, it's surely a fitting one
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    Whether Roger Daltrey is bellowing through anti-war flamenco or slagging off copycat bands, The Who have lost none of their vim and vigour
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  6. 8.0 |   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
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  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    After all these years, it becomes clear that the relationship between Daltrey and Townshend - the singer serving as the songwriter's best interpreter and editor - is at the core of the Who, which is why Who feels like a Who album: The two still bring out the best in each other
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  8. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    If WHO is to be the end, it couldn't have come at a worse time. It's the best album the Who have released since Who Are You in 1978
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  9. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    A fine bit of rock and roll that encapsulates the band’s sound and fury within a 21st century context
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  10. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    There may be an absence of alchemy, but there is hunger and determination to convey a message and produce something unique and not solely rely upon using classic hits as a working template
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  11. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Although it’s been 13 years since their last LP and more than half a century since they formed, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey still know who they are
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  12. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Daltrey and Townshend are the rare legacy band plumbing new ideas and moving forward
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  13. 6.0 |   Q

    A vigorous, if patchy comeback. Print edition only

  14. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    The pounding I Don’t Wanna Get Wise and dramatic strings of Hero Ground Zero won’t cause a mass exodus to the loos when they tour again next year, and the whole is far preferable to laurel-resting
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  15. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend may not have worked together in the studio, but their chemistry is perfectly balanced
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  16. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    If this album does turn out to be their swansong, it won’t be the one that fans remember them for but as a collection of serviceable rock tracks to nod along to for old time’s sake, it’s just fine
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  17. 6.0 |   The FT

    A worthy addition to the band’s catalogue
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