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click to enlarge The Who   - Endless Wire  -  -  - Republic  -  - Sounds like: A nondescript Townshend solo - album -  - Short take: A senior citizen wasteland -  - Fate is a bitch that always gets the last laugh, - as is the case with The Who's latest effort Endless - Wire, the band's first album in 24 years. It's not that - the material sounds dated or clichd so much as it feels - lost within a new millennium milieu. Pete Townshend's - anthemic guitar hooks are evident, while Roger Daltrey - gives the material the bare-chested bravado that defined - the band three decades ago. Still, the pop-rocking "We - Got a Hit" sounds forced, while the spiritless mid-tempo - title track fumbles around its sentimental purpose. - Unlike The Rolling Stones, whose members seem to - understand that their best work is behind them, The Who - strive for greatness, which is why in the end, Endless - Wire fails to deliver on its promise.  John - Benson
  • The Who

    Endless Wire

    Republic

    Sounds like: A nondescript Townshend solo album

    Short take: A senior citizen wasteland

    Fate is a bitch that always gets the last laugh, as is the case with The Who's latest effort Endless Wire, the band's first album in 24 years. It's not that the material sounds dated or clichd so much as it feels lost within a new millennium milieu. Pete Townshend's anthemic guitar hooks are evident, while Roger Daltrey gives the material the bare-chested bravado that defined the band three decades ago. Still, the pop-rocking "We Got a Hit" sounds forced, while the spiritless mid-tempo title track fumbles around its sentimental purpose. Unlike The Rolling Stones, whose members seem to understand that their best work is behind them, The Who strive for greatness, which is why in the end, Endless Wire fails to deliver on its promise. John Benson

click to enlarge (+44)   - When Your Heart Stops Beating -  -  -  - Interscope  -  - Sounds like: Blink-182 under a different name -  - Short take: If it looks like a duck ... -  - Music industry hiatuses usually result in one of two - things: a band breakup or a band realizing that it's - better off staying together. It's safe to assume that - Blink-182's current vacation will be short, considering - that this past summer's Angels and Airwaves side project - from Tom DeLonge doesn't necessarily require a follow- - up. The same can be said of (+44), which features the - other two-thirds of Blink-182, Travis Barker and Mark - Hoppus. Unlike DeLonge's New Wave dalliance, which - was somewhat tolerable, Barker and Hoppus have - ostensibly released a Blink-182 Lite album here. Alt-pop - sappiness oozes over the title track, "Baby Come On" and - "Cliffdiving." It'd be best if these Blink-182 veterans - would just regroup and revert back to their high school - hijinks.  John Benson
  • (+44)

    When Your Heart Stops Beating

    Interscope

    Sounds like: Blink-182 under a different name

    Short take: If it looks like a duck ...

    Music industry hiatuses usually result in one of two things: a band breakup or a band realizing that it's better off staying together. It's safe to assume that Blink-182's current vacation will be short, considering that this past summer's Angels and Airwaves side project from Tom DeLonge doesn't necessarily require a follow- up. The same can be said of (+44), which features the other two-thirds of Blink-182, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus. Unlike DeLonge's New Wave dalliance, which was somewhat tolerable, Barker and Hoppus have ostensibly released a Blink-182 Lite album here. Alt-pop sappiness oozes over the title track, "Baby Come On" and "Cliffdiving." It'd be best if these Blink-182 veterans would just regroup and revert back to their high school hijinks. John Benson

click to enlarge Killswitch Engage  - As Daylight Dies  -  -  - Roadrunner  -  - Sounds like: Hardcore with a heart ... kinda -  - Short take: These guys aren't so hard -  - 2004's The End of Heartache earned Killswitch - Engage a Grammy nomination for Best Metal - Performance. The follow-up effort, As Daylight - Dies, exceeds any premonition. For the most part, - it's just the band reverting back to the simpler sound of - its earlier records. Still, there's a Heartache - presence; Daylight is laden with heavy, heavy - guitar and bass riffs and headache-inducing drums. But - despite all the ruckus  and let's not forget loud yelling - from vocalist Howard Jones  there's something more - going on here. It's oddly comforting to hear the heartfelt - sung-and-not-screamed choruses on "My Curse," the - first single, and "The Arms of Sorrow." You might have to - strain to hear it beneath the noise, but there's a good - record here.  Pete Freedman
  • Killswitch Engage

    As Daylight Dies

    Roadrunner

    Sounds like: Hardcore with a heart ... kinda

    Short take: These guys aren't so hard

    2004's The End of Heartache earned Killswitch Engage a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. The follow-up effort, As Daylight Dies, exceeds any premonition. For the most part, it's just the band reverting back to the simpler sound of its earlier records. Still, there's a Heartache presence; Daylight is laden with heavy, heavy guitar and bass riffs and headache-inducing drums. But despite all the ruckus and let's not forget loud yelling from vocalist Howard Jones there's something more going on here. It's oddly comforting to hear the heartfelt sung-and-not-screamed choruses on "My Curse," the first single, and "The Arms of Sorrow." You might have to strain to hear it beneath the noise, but there's a good record here. Pete Freedman

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