If the Who were a baseball player they would be the Dale Murphy type, shows up, impresses, burns brighter then the sun for a time and then fades to something that resembles neither of the two prior stages.
Any band would take Tommy-Quadrophenia-Who's Next as a career and walked away with a big grin.
Oh BTW I listened to the first 3 tracks of the new disc (it's on right now) and it wasn't bad... the first song (Fragments) cops some older licks from Won't Get Fooled Again in the opener, I also hear a little of "Music Must Change"
I'm just such a huge Who fan that Pete Townsend could put out just about anything on vinyl and I'd buy it. I loved songs on those albums such as "Guitar and Pen", "Slip Kid", "Squeeze Box", and "How Many Friends". But I also think the last couple of albums produced some good music also in "You Better You Bet", "You", "Another Tricky Day", "Athena", "Eminence Front", and "Dangerous".
They definitely lost a very key ingredient when Moon passed away. I think they lost that sense of recklessness and "hope I die before I get old". Of course, age does that too.
The first Who album I ever owned, other then 45's, was "Meaty, Beaty, Big, and Bouncy". I played that album to death. "I Can See For Miles" is one of my all-time favorite Who songs.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations