|By Charlie Goodrich||Wednesday, 21 Mar 2007|
The surviving members of The Who (Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend) opened the door to the past to help create their newest album, Endless Wire. Endless Wire brings together many of The Who’s signature sounds that they have created over the past forty years. Different songs on Endless Wire can easily remind the listener of Who songs from the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. For example, the opening track, “Fragments”, begins with a “Baba O’Riley” kind of synthesized beat. The song then takes on its own sound and becomes quite enjoyable. The song “Sound Round” is a very catchy track that reminds me of “Squeeze Box”. But just as one can hear the past resonate in this album, it is also clear that they are still innovative and can create songs that sound different from what they have done in the past.
The mini opera “Wire & Glass” is also included in Endless Wire. This ten song epic beings with Sound Round and ends with Tea & Theatre. It is beautifully orchestrated and the drumming (provided by Zak Starkey) will remind listeners of Keith Moon. The Who pull out all the stops and incorporate a plethora of different instruments and sounds to create their mini opera.
Endless Wire is a very eclectic album. It comes complete with fast paced rocking songs, as well as, slower songs. Daltrey’s voice is still superb, and Pete hasn’t lost his touch when it comes to composing songs. If you are a fan of The Who you should definitely purchase Endless Wire. And if you are growing tired of all the new bands out there, give Endless Wire a try and be rewarded with a refreshing sound.