Notes: The 1996 CD reissue adds live versions of “Squeeze Box,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” and “Dreaming from the Waist” as bonus tracks.
The Who by Numbers
“The Who by Numbers functions as Pete Townshend's confessional singer/songwriter album, as he chronicles his problems with alcohol (However Much I Booze), women (Dreaming from the Waist and They Are All in Love), and life in general. However, his introspective musings are rendered ineffective by Roger Daltrey's bluster and the cloying, lightweight filler of Squeeze Box. In addition, Townshend's songs tend to be underdeveloped, relying on verbosity instead of melodicism, with only the simple power of Slip Kid, the grace of Blue Red and Grey, and John Entwistle's heavy rocker Success Story making much of an impact” (Unterberger).