Who’s next (album dei The Who del 1971)

Secondo Rolling Stone è il ventottesimo tra gli album migliori di tutti i tempi: si intitola WHO’S NEXT del 1971. Daltrey, Eintwistle, Moon & Townshend ne sono i protagonisti con il nome The Who e 9 brani che dimorano nel Gotha della musica.

Apre Baba O’Riley, pezzo dedicato al santone Baba Meher e al musicista Terry Riley: folgorante il sintetizzatore di Pete mentre Daltrey si lancia in una prestazione regale con ciliegina sulla torta un magico assolo di violino. Bargain è all’inizio acustica, poi sconfina nell’hard/rock, grazie alle corde di Townshend e alle rullate di Moon. Molto potente Love ain’t for keeping, brano semiacustico con una bella sferzata basso/batteria. My Wife, concepita da un alterco tra Eintwistle e consorte, mette in evidenza accordi di chitarra potenti e grezzi. La magica e sublime The song is over è introdotta dall’immenso pianoforte di Nicky Hopkins al quale si aggiunge il canto sognante e malinconico di Roger, poi ecco un deflagare di Moon e della chitarra elettrica di Pete fra distorsione, suoni filtrati e un’aurea psichedelica in coda. Getting is tune è un inno potente con continui cambi di passo e uno stillicidio strumentale in coda. Going mobile scatena le percussioni di Moon, inoltre risalta l’intreccio tra la chitarra acustica e quella elettrica. In Behind blue eyes Pete è stellare col suo arpeggio acustico che rende il pezzo una tra le più belle ballate della musica moderna che veste l’ugola di Roger con dolcezza. I sintetizzatori e Keith lanciano in orbita Won’t get fooled again tra poliritmie magistralmente bilanciate: Townshend spicca nella parte centrale.

La summa è il manifesto/Who simbolo di una generazione che sprizza leggenda da tutti i pori e non si butta via niente: non un fraseggio di chitarra, non una rullata, non un vocalizzo, potenza di musicisti eterni e basta/basterà dare il la alla prima traccia perché ogni volta si riproduca il maestoso ambiente sonoro di WHO’S NEXT. Giù il cappello Signore e Signori.

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