It's been 14 years since Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker's last (and first) solo album was released. Now, at long last, the wait is finally over for the second. Circus Money finds Becker's sardonic sensibility completely intact and each of the album's songs, inflected with jazz, reggae, and rock phrasing, is a masterpiece of musical understatement and lyrical nuance.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 5 x 0.5 inches; 3.34 Ounces
- Manufacturer : 5 Over 12
- Original Release Date : 2008
- Date First Available : March 28, 2008
- Label : 5 Over 12
- ASIN : B0016KJS3I
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #127,068 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Though the man no longer spends his days on the planet, it's a joy and a privilege to hear his voice and share his vision in his absence, again and again. Selah.
I have yet to get "Eleven Tracks of Whack", which I will, but meantime I'm totally impressed with "Circus Money", a crisp, extremely catchy and intelligent album featuring many members of the Steely Dan touring band, who are of course top notch all the way, including the steamy female vocals of "Two Doors Down", the lyrically puzzling "Bob Is Not Your Uncle Anymore", showing us that Becker was the madman behind the twisted Steely Dan lyrics, and a sound that starts out mainly in the familiar jazz rock mode but morphs toward a smooth reggae touch for much of the second half of the CD. Given Becker's limited understated vocal range, it suits the songs fine, and we get vocals that deliver a punch in a velvet glove.
There isn't a bad cut on the album, and is a must for all Steely Dan fans. Walter Becker gives us tasty blues guitar and bass and just plain steams. No Andrew Ridgely, John Oates or other second banana partner here. Live and solo, we now understand just how much Becker has given to us, and the astonishing musical acumen between him and Fagen, truly one of the most compatible songwriting partnerships ever. After their current tour, it would be wonderful to have a new Steely Dan album. I sure hope we get to hear more music from one of my personal favorite bands ever in the near future.
Couple this with masterful music and mixing and this is an album I return to again and again. A small masterpiece.
I want more of this, Mr. Becker.
My faves: Downtown Canon, Darkling Down, God's Eye View, Bob is Not Your Uncle Anymore
OK songs: Upside Looking Down, Circus Money
If your a SD fan, there should be no need to recommend this album. And if you're not, then you should be.
The reviewers who criticized the album for aping Steely Dan and not trying something new just don't get what is going on here. The album explores the richness of the Steely Dan style and Becker's truly unique gift for lyrics. He can't "ape" himself.
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Have to say that it took a long time to warm to his previous solo CD Eleven Tracks of Whack but I did eventually. So when I put Circus money into the CD player I had mixed feelings. I am pleasantly surprised by this album and yes I will be listening again on the way home. Some great tracks and some excellent tracks.
As a previous reviewer said late to the party, but better late than never.
Mr Becker you are a genius and long may you reign.
If you wanted to buy one of the 2 WB albums then go for Whack
This and 11 tracks of whack are my desert island discs