Pete Townshend, All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes (1982)
While I love both albums equally, Cowboys is particularly interesting given the stylistic range and sophistication on display. You've got the odd opening track, "Stop Hurting People," with spoken word narration over a jazzy, orchestrated little number, an earnest ode to love and humanity seemingly at odds with some of the darker material found elsewhere here. And at the other end of the album is "Slit Skirts," a thoughtful (and joyously catchy) look at aging that stands as one of Pete's most durable songs, solo or otherwise. In between he bounces among keyboard-driven new wave ("Uniforms"), light, fluffy pop ("Face Dances Pt. 2," which does not appear on the Who album of the same name), the gentle, largely acoustic "North Country Girl," and the sprawling alcoholic immolation of "Somebody Saved Me," the closest thing to a throwback to the prior album.
Throughout, the album sounds great, with Pete in great voice, drawing from a variety of sonic palates that makes this sound far less like a Who album than much of his solo catalog. A few of these have enough of a rock edge and punchy energy (i.e. "Exquisitely Bored," "Stardom in Action") that you have to think It's Hard might have been a more consistently strong Who album had Pete allocated them there; but I have no qualms with a Townshend album that stands up ably alongside much of the Who's finer moments.
Here's a video for "Slit Skirts":