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Any album that these guys release is going to get my business, but as with Nature, this new one doesn't scale the heights of the seminal Aja or the equally impressive Gaucho albums. But that familiar Steely Dan sound, replete with succulent horn sections, twisting guitar licks and seductive background vocals, is here in force. It's the real deal, and it will soothe that certain nerve in a Dan fan that only their music can salve.
Unlike many of their prior albums, this one was recorded with an ensemble of musicians that don't change much from one track to another. Returning from Nature are guitarist Jon Herrington, vocalist Carolyn Leonhart and her trumpeter brother, Michael. Old SD stalwart Hugh McCracken returns to add some crispy guitar licks of his own. Fagen sings all but one track's lead, and is a little more present on keyboards than he was last time. Becker plays all bass, all solo guitar, and sings "Slang Of Ages".
A few of the songs on this disc seem to go back over previously-traveled territory. "Blues Beach", promoted for radio airplay, bears more than a passing resemblance to "Tomorrow's Girls", from Fagen's Kamakiriad album. "Pixeleen" and "Lunch With Gina" evoke memories of "Negative Girl" and "Almost Gothic" from the Nature disc.
The other radio-promoted song, Everything Must Go", has a good beat and you can almost dance to it; but the best song on the 42-minute disc is one that you'll have to hear on your own: with a title like "Godwhacker", it's a safe bet that it won't be filling the airwaves.Read more ›
And I was way off on the first point -- this is not an overtly jazz-flavored album. This is, instead, probably the hookiest and most melodic album that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have teamed up to craft.
A jazz fan, I don't mean that jazz isn't melodic or reliant upon `hooks.' But as a Dan fan, having learned that what these two gentlemen started out to do was to craft popular music (regardless of how many among the populace were actually listening), I say that if--God-forbid--this actually were to be their last release as Steely Dan, "Everything Must Go" would prove that the boys not only never strayed far from their mission, but that they made sure to emphatically drive the point home before they turned off the lights.
I'd go on to say that the songwriting takes center stage on EMG. Oh sure, the playing offered up by the principals and their studio contributors is spot-on (nothing shy of world-class musicianship every rears its head within a mile of a Steely Dan album after all). But unlike SD offerings so far, missing from the mix here are the jaw dropping riffs and solos by hired guns that characterize much of their previous work.Read more ›
1. At The Last Mall, very good, very end of the worldish lyrics and a great groove.
2. TIMTM, a great song about reflection, the chorus sticks in your head like all great SD songs.
3. Blues Beach, a funky little piano beginning, this song continues the great groov that this band has on this recording. The line 'things can get a whole lot worse before suddenly falling apart' is funny and depressing all at the same time.
4. Godwhacker, another funky tune, with a nice bass line at the beginning.. and the whole idea of the song is lost on me, but that is no big deal with SD, a lot of their classic songs I have no idea what they are singing about, but swear that I believe it is whatever they are saying....
5. Slang Of Ages, Straight from 14 tracks of Whack is Walter Becker on lead vocals. First time the guitar player co writer of SD sings, and he does a great job.. and if you like his vocals check out his solo cd called 14 tracks of whack. Slang Of Ages is a great soft song with a jazzy chorus, that again, sticks in your head.
6. Green Book ... a tune that you can grab a gal and just dance around to. Has a very distinctive korg organ sound.
7. Pizaleen. THIS SONG IS THE BANGO BANG CLASSIC TUNE FROM THIS CD. It has a sound that only SD can cook up. the chorus and back up singers just hook up big time on this song. Pure candy for the ears.
8. Lunch With gina.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A mixed bag by Steely Dan outstanding songs are the last track and pixelene.They seem to have evolved to a more looser jamned style of playingPublished 6 months ago by Paul Mulligan
For those who like Steely Dan and Donald Fagen: You won't be disappointed. Time and time again, I read skeptical or negative reviews, have my doubts then... buy... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alex F.
I have been re-visiting my entire Steely Dan collection for about three weeks now, and I have to say that this is my favorite Steely Dan album. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James E. Carruth
Everything they have ever done is a 5 star only because you can't give a 6 or a 7! This is the follow up to the brilliant grammy winning "Two Against Nature" cd. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Zombee
Well, it's growing on me. Doesn't have that cutting edge sound I'm used to.Published 9 months ago by D. Sumberg
Excellent recent Dan, with killer sax solos by Walt Weiskopf, and exemplary playing from all involved.Published 10 months ago by Core
Anything by Steely Dan or Donald Fagen is a can't miss opportunity to hear really good music.Published 11 months ago by C. Fiser