The Who

The fact that a song called Rockin’ In Rage starts with piano and acoustic guitars indicates where The Who find themselves on their 12th album. Not that it fails to build up a sweat, and Detour’s subtle nods to My Generation and Baba O’Riley provide reminders of the self-confessed pensioners’ history, as does, lyrically, I Don’t Wanna Get Wise with its references to the “snotty young kids” they once were. More surprising is I’ll Be Back, which drifts between string-heavy, possibly auto-tuned blue-eyed soul balladry and what could almost be a rap.


Wyndham Wallace