Endless Wire - You know, I actually do like this. It's backward looking, but in ways that actually work. I wouldn't have cared about it if it was the first Who album I heard, and I'll probably only want to re-listen to it as a later companion to their 70's albums, but I think it feels pretty genuine. Not a great album, but a potentially dignified way to end their studio discography.
WHO - So given what I just said, you can guess that I'm not terribly grateful for this album's existence. It's competent, the singing is better than on Endless Wire, and maybe if I spent more time with it some of the songs would grow on me, but it's really just unnecessary. I guess they must have wanted to make it, because I doubt there's a huge financial incentive to release something like this. It's no worse than ending their career with It's Hard (and maybe better?), but Endless Wire would have been a better ending. But maybe they'll make another one!
Also, were these songs with references to Guantanamo and Ground Zero written before or after Endless Wire was released?