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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000936MD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
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"How we do it: First we hook up a sequence of sleek & slinky musical cells over which we sprinkle the most amusing lyrics. Immediately we get on the horn and round up our swinging sidemen, including but not limited to Keith Carlock (drums), Jon Herrington (guitar), Hugh McCracken (guitar), Ted Baker (keyboards), and yours truely, Mssrs. Becker and Fagen on our respective axes. Elliot Scheiner, who is not for nothing the Godfather of 5.1 Surround, does the tracking chores. Next thing you know, the wiggy vocal and stellar solo work are stacked atop the now-realized grooves and harmonies. After mixdown, the finished album reveals to its makers deep subterranean themes and powerful emotional undercurrents that satisfy and surprise at the same time."- Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.


After trading their infamous two-decade hiatus for an armful of Grammies, Steely Dan breezed through the recording of Two Against Nature's follow-up in a year--near record time in the oft-tortuous Becker/Fagan sessionography. Loosening their notoriously anal retentive studio bent has yielded upbeat immediacy, an almost un-Dan-like brightness to jazzy funk and blues that snap and crackle--even if pop is obviously the farthest thing from their fevered brows. But anyone who confuses the sunny disposition of "Blues Beach" and others here with anything but an ever slyer incarnation of their trademark irony and icy veneer just isn't paying attention. Bookended by "The Last Mall" (a cool, chunky update of "Black Friday"'s apocalypse) and a bluesy, laconic title track that serves up metaphors for bankruptcies both commercial and moral, Walt and Don argue that our once fair society may well be past redemption. Better to simply close out the excess with a good blue-light special. "Godwhacker" serves jazz-head notice on no less than the almighty, whilst Becker makes his belated Steely Dan vocal bow on the slinky "Slang of Ages," daring to be termed "Newmanesque" for rhyming "netherworld" with "Duke of Earl"--if not his lugubrious, lounge-lizard delivery. Abetted by guitarists Hugh McCracken and Jon Herrington, the sax of Walt Weiskopf (and others), and synched to the playful grooves of drummer Keith Carlock, Becker and Fagan bring a deliciously detached elegance to "Green Book" and "Pixeleen"'s sharp musings on digital vidiocy, forging an album that's a cunning, symbolic reminder that the sun will shine brightest just before it explodes. --Jerry McCulley

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This is another wonderful album, one you never get tired of listening to.
D. Garvey
It has a very 'live' feel to it, making Steely Dan in the studio sound like a real band for the first time since their first two albums.
M. A Fortes
Quirky upbeat songs with the funky lyrics from Dan veterans Donald Fagen and Walter Becker.
D. L. Worthing

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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Patrick E. Molloy on June 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
A mere 3½ years since the release of Two Against Nature, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker return with a new set of tunes, an encouraging sign for any Steely Dan fan.
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.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By steak boy on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When the details surrounding the next Steely Dan album were made public, I had a pair of thoughts: first, that the inclusion among the session players of straight-ahead jazz piano god Bill Charlap (with whom, oddly enough, I share having come into this planet on the same day) harkened the second coming of Aja; and, second, that the title "Everything Must Go" hinted that this release would be their last. Time will tell how my second thought pans out.
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.
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68 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Hutch on June 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to this CD numerous times already through the streaming audio at the steely site and I must tell you that it is really good listening. First of all, I liked SD last CD called 'Two Against Nature' and played it to death, but, I like this release better. Tighter groov, I know that sounds impossible, but even the drums are done better on this recording. not so lifeless.
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.
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