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Steely Dan


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.67 | 162 ratings

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Chris S
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4 stars Session musicians aplenty on Katy Lied, this their fourth studio album and a noticeable positive progression on it's predecessor. Black Friday gets the album off to a rollicking start, lyrically it sounds like Fagen and Becker are taking a stab at the record moguls. Bad Sneakers is a great follow up probably the most commercial on the album. The album as a whole has more continuity and feel to it than Pretzel Logic. Doctor Wu is another great song with it's insistent chorus Can You hear me Doctor repeating ad fade..The most progressive sounding track Your Gold Teeth part II is also the longest at a whopping 4:12 but it is a great song nevertheless. This album is probably the hardest of all Steely Dan releases to categorise. Whilst it's flow is lot smoother, it is still a very difficult album to try and put a label to. Is it more jazz than rock and visa versa? Yes it does have some progressive elements but they are well disguised in the mix. It is a short album under 35 minutes but for 1975 a vintage release for sure. I have to say also without undertaking any detective work the cover has baffled me all of these years to. An excellent addition to your collection.
Chris S | 4/5 |


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