Townshend's best solo album not coincidentally is also the one that sounds the most like a Who album. With backing from future members of Big Country, he delivers a surprisingly solid and exciting effort, especially considering the late date - most of his peers were releasing tripe by then.
I don't know what the band politics within The Who were, but it's obvious that Townshend was saving most of his good material for his solo work instead of for the band.
also seems to be the album in which he 'comes out of the closet', which might've been another reason its songs didn't wind up as Who numbers - I can't see Daltrey singing Rough boys, I want to bite and kiss you
. "And I Moved" likewise hints at sexual ambiguity.
"Jools and Jim" is Townshend's defensive reaction to the press' handling of Moon's death, and one of the hardest-rocking and angriest songs he'd written in years. "Let My Love Open the Door" was the other big hit, and "I Am An Animal" and "Keep On Working" are almost as strong.
This is one of Townshend's best efforts, and actually stronger than any number of Who albums. Rated:
by Reviewer: Creative Noise