"Endless Wire," which debuts Tuesday, features the first songs Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend recorded as an acoustic duo to its centerpiece "Wire & Glass" a 10-song mini-opera, following the approach Townshend pioneered with classics "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia," The New York Times said Sunday.
Pearl Jam singer Vedder said, "After 20-plus years of not recording new Who material, they didn't pick up where they left off -- it's where they are now," the Times said.
The recording also spotlighted the stormy relationship Townshend and Daltrey have, the Times said. Daltrey said the album provided him closure for death of Who drummer Keith Moon; Townshend said the album wasn't an end, but "feels completely new," the Times said.
Moon overdosed in 1978 and bassist John Entwistle died in 2002 of an apparent heart attack.
Townshend said the album wasn't anything more than two singers working together creatively, the Times said. "It just happens to be under a very powerful brand name," Townshend told the Times.