The Who
Face Dances



by JohnXDoesn't USER (97 Reviews)
April 17th, 2006 | 6 replies

Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

The Who's ninth "official" studio album and their first with new drummer Kenny Jones behind the kit, Face Dances finds the band near the end of the road and at a new beginning all at once. From the breezy pop of "You Better You Bet" to the John Entwhistle penned rocker "The Quiet One" to the fine album closer "Another Tricky Day", this album finds The Who in transition from what it once was to what it was becoming. Which at this point was a band with one foot in the past and one very shaky foot pointing to the future. With Townshends songwriting themes turning reflective and more personal, and his music upbeat and somewhat lite, Face Dances is an admirable attempt to change direction in the storm that was after the death of original drummer Keith Moon. And it is indeed the two John Entwistle tunes here that carry the "traditional" Who torch forward, not Pete's more subdued and pop oriented leanings.

Considered by many to be The Who's true last album (with the subsequent "It's Hard" being viewed as simply a contract fullfiller) Face Dances has held up well over the years and most likely sounds better today then when first released under the storm and controversy that was this band at the time. Neither the soft flop many considered it to be at the time or a great Who album by any stretch of the imagination, Face Dances is simply a solid rock n roll record with some good pop hooks and a small vision of it's own. Tight, straight forward, and just a little different for Who fare, it's worth a purchase, download, or casual listen. If you don't expect too much greatness, you may very well find you like what you hear.

Newer editions of this album also contain 5 bonus cuts of some interest.

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September 20th 2006


shweet review. :thumb:

September 20th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Cool! someone found my "mini review". this was a sound off/blurb. and when the length requirement changed it became a full review. thanks, man. i like this album...and the bonus cuts are very worthy.This Message Edited On 09.20.06

September 20th 2006


hey no problem. i felt bad that you didnt have any comments

July 7th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

I liked this album, but it didn't really shout Who at me, it just wasn't them, if you get what I mean

April 4th 2012


Album Rating: 3.0

Really enjoyed this album, it's so under-rated on here. 2.6? WTF IS UP WITH THAT?

January 9th 2016


Album Rating: 2.0

This is a horrible album to be honest from them. No Keith Moon= No Who; You Better You Bet is the only tune off of this album I enjoy. Another Tricky Day is meh and boring to be honest.

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