October 31, 2020

1981-02-16 – The Times and Democrat

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1“!) Staff Writer

When it comes to hard-
knocking rock and roll, there are
few who canstand with The Who.

Beginning their career back in
the days of the Mods in the early
and mid 1960s, The Who rose to
become one of rock’s top bands in
the late ’BOs and early ’70s, much

of it on the strength of the late

Keith Moon’s crazed drumming
and the earspiitting howl that

Pete Townshend could loose.

from his guitar. After Moon’s
demise, the group replaced him
with Kenny J ones, ex-Faces, and
continued on with Roger Daltrey
on vocals and J ohn Entwhistie on
bass. But the driving force
behind The Who remained, and
remains, Townshend.

His newest solo effort, “Empty

Glass,” has been out a while, and'

although it’s not your run-of-the-
mill rock ’n’ roll solo album, it
has strengths, if only because
Townshend playing is somewhat
mellow. He cuts through the air
with the greatest of slides on
those six strings, and proves he
has nothing to lose by playing
some good rock music that
doesn’t kill your ears.

As far as pure decibel level,
Townshend and The Who could
put it out better than most,
having been listed in the Guin-
ness World Book of Records for
loudest decibel level attained.
They were succeeded by Deep
Purple, but The Who remain the
prototype ear-shattering
deliverers of hard rock.

Maybe part of the reason for
Townshend’s mellowing is the
fact he is, by his own admission,
at least half deaf from years of
playing at a decibel level in
excess of 115. Again, the songs on
“Empty Glass” are not
“average” — if anything, they
prove Pete can play mellow, rock
_ out, mellow out, rock, etc. From

“Rough Boys” to the title track,
the feel of this disc is one of joilye
olde England —- it’s quite ap-

The conciseness, compounded
with excellent lyrics, makes for a
worthy successor to Pete’s
previous solo efforts. This stands
head and shoulders above the
rest as “good.”

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