was a minor comeback for The Who, though nobody realized it, making it probably the most under-rated album in the band's canon.
It's no masterpiece, but a pleasantly diverting power/pop gem nevertheless. Perhaps realizing they weren't going to credibly catch up with their punk proteges, The Who decided to take a few cues from that other band of late-70's Who disciples, the power popsters.
So Face Dances
is an album of punchy melodic pop/rockers worthy of The Records, or 20/20, or Nick Lowe, or whatever, leading with "You Better You Bet", that drinks itself blind to the sound of old T. Rex (even if musically it's more of a cousin to Blondie's "Dreaming").
It's all very solid, and if ex-Faces Kenny Jones (hence the album title "Face Dances"?) isn't Keith Moon, it's not as big a deal as might be expected, since The Who are understandably playing it MOR and mid-tempo, avoiding any real overdrive.
Like The Who By Numbers
, there aren't any really bad songs here (except for the whiny "Did You Steal My Money?"), but there aren't any "Baba O'Riley"s either. Still, don't write the album off just because it's 80's Who, and post-Moon.Rated:
by Reviewer: Creative Noise