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MY GENERATION

The Who

 

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2.91 | 151 ratings

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2 stars My Generation is the debut album from legendary sixties rock band The Who. The Who isnīt a band Iīve ever listened to besides seing the Tommy movie somtime in my teenage years, so I thought Iīd give it a go to see if they could excite me.

My Generation is a pretty typical sixties pop/ rock album which is clearly inspired by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones which means that The Who has both the nice pop melodies and beautiful arranged harmony vocals and the more dirty bluesy touch. My Generation isnīt a very dirty album though and itīs not that progressive either. Most of the songs fail to give me much more than a good simple pop melody. There are not many exciting instrumental arrangements on the album. Iīll mention a few exceptions: The Good's Gone is a pretty good song in my ears and it even has some psychadelic hints ( only hints). My Generation was the hit from the album and also one of the most memorable songs on the album. What is special about that song is the noisy ending that probably upset a few people back then. But itīs with The Ox that The Who touches progressive territory. The great instrumental track has lots of distorted guitar and feedback which Iīm pretty sure wasnīt normal at the time. The opening guitar riff from Pete Townshend is really great and Iīm sure this riff inspired many other bands to try something a little different.

The musicianship is good and even though much of the playing on the album is very basic pop / rock three chord stuff itīs played with conviction. The bass and the drums are actually pretty dominant which is a great feature in The Whoīs music. Roger Daltry is an excellent rock singer. Heīs got a great voice and of course Pete Townshend needs to be mentioned as well as he does have a special touch when he plays that guitar.

The production is very well done for a sixties production. Very enjoyable.

The cover is pretty typical sixties looking with the band depicted on the cover looking a bit cocky.

I must say I was pleasantly surprised by My Generation even though this is not music Iīll be listening to again for quite some time. Iīll rate My Generation 2 stars but donīt get my wrong here because I do think this album is good, but itīs not very progressive by todayīs standards and I normally enjoy music a bit more challenging than this.

UMUR | 2/5 |

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