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Their best album,
This review is from: Aja (Remastered) (Audio CD)
Ask yourself this, if you have a decent "classic rock" station in your hometown: when you look at the track list to Aja what songs do you see that you might have heard played?
Chances are you will have said "Deacon Blues," "Peg," "Josie." Dig a little deeper and you might have heard "Home At Last," "Aja" and "Black Cow." Heck, I know I have heard "I Got The News" on a deep cuts show or two. That's every durn cut on the album. That's how classic this set is.
Yes, it is the height of the California sound- smoothed out jazz flavored mellow weed influenced yuppie music, but damn if there has ever been any record that goes down smoother. This is math music, every note laid down precisely. No room here for the wonderful noise of punk that was bubbling up at the time.
And unlike say, Gaucho or Everything Must Go, Aja manages to inject some real soul into the music. Simply put Aja is Donald and Wally at their best of best.
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Initial post: May 10, 2008 11:06:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 10, 2008 11:06:34 PM PDT
I would disagree that it is the "height of the California sound- smoothed out jazz flavored mellow weed influenced yuppie music", having been produced when "yuppies" were non-existent as we know them. However, I would agree that it is "math" music - ever note is carefully chosen, every drum beat and percussion sound put in it's own well chosen spot. A classic.
Posted on Oct 10, 2012 8:03:35 PM PDT
T. TOM says:
Gaucho and Aja are the 2 best albums.
Posted on Apr 25, 2015 4:25:36 PM PDT
I always thought the same thing about Steely Dan and the California sound. Who would've thought they were from ( That'll be the day I go back to Annandale) New York? Back when Jazz met Pop!
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