“I know you’re gonna hate this song,” Roger Daltrey says, bellowing Pete Townshend’s lyrics to a new tune, “All This Music Must Fade,” from The Who’s upcoming, blankly titled album, Who. “It’s not new, not diverse … It’s just simple verse,” Daltrey/Townshend say, perhaps a bit defensively. And while the track is too self-conscious to really explode and take off without restraint like a classic Who song would, it is energetic, and an encouraging sign that Townshend and Daltrey are moving away from their longtime state of nostalgic complacency. “Ball and Chain,” a remake of Townshend’s solo obscurity “Guantanamo” (described as “that pretty piece of Cuba resolved to cause men pain”), is another hint that they’re starting to engage with the modern world again. However, The Who’s current tour includes a hired-gun orchestra for the first half of the set, recalling Townshend’s half-assed attempt to perform Quadrophenia with schlocky string arrangements at the Greek Theatre in 2017. With Liam Gallagher.
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