Roger Daltrey Thinks The Who’s New Album Is The Best Since ‘Quadrophenia’

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey thinks that the band have made their “best album since Quadrophenia.”

Speaking during a Q&A at pop-up shop The Who @ 52, Daltrey said he was initially skeptical about the band’s new album, but it changed later and he became “incredibly optimistic.” The upcoming album is Who’s 12th studio album and a follow-up to 2006’s Endless Wire.

“When I first heard the songs I was very skeptical as I didn’t think I could do it,” Daltrey explained. “I thought Pete had written a really great solo album and I said to him, ‘Pete, what do you need to do this for? Release it as a solo album, it’s great.’ But he said he wanted it to be a Who album.”

“So I took the songs away and I listened to them, and listened to them some more, and I had some ideas. [Pete] let me have a bit of freedom with changing a few things, changing the tenses of songs and other little things. And he gave me complete melodic freedom,” he added. “And I gotta tell you that after being very skeptical I’m now incredibly optimistic. I think we’ve made our best album since Quadrophenia.”

Earlier this year, guitarist Pete Townshend said he didn’t initially get a response from Daltrey after sending the singer 15 demos.

“Just silence from Roger,” Townshend said. “I had to bully him to respond, and then it wasn’t the response I wanted. He just blathered for a while and in the end I really stamped my foot and said, ‘Roger, I don’t care if you really like this stuff. You have to sing it. You’ll like it in 10 years time.'”

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