Based on a Ted Hughes poem cycle, this album is distressingly bad, and not even salvaged by the presence of various guest stars.
Townshend's stated goal was to craft a song cycle for a children's play, but I doubt kids would be able to stomach this. The main problem isn't that Townshend's weak melodies aren't that memorable, but that the music is flimsy and serves only as a backdrop for the lyrics.
In short, Townshend doesn't come up with any decent songs or hooks, a fault that is not covered up by inviting John Lee Hooker and Nina Simone to sing lead on a few numbers.
Townshend's so desperate he even reunites with The Who for a handful of tracks, which only succeeds in revealing that Daltrey's voice is shot, and the lads can't rock out very well any more.
Also, taken out of the context of the play (which I haven't seen ... did it even see release?), the likes of "I Eat Heavy Metal" and "Fast Food" seem like throwaway novelty numbers, and not very fun or charming ones at that.Rated:
by Reviewer: Creative Noise