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Steely Dan


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.17 | 344 ratings

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3 stars Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem

When I listen to this album, I cannot see anything else but the Muppets playing. Aja is such a cult record, dare I stab at it?

Less a stab than more of a jab. Completely rooted in the zeitgeist of the 70's, Aja is oozing with what made that style corny. It's light jazz you can hear in every Holiday Inn lobby or at 2am when lottery numbers shows on tv. And played by Muppets. I cannot put it more graphically.

I personnally have to give major thumbs up to Peg, one of the quirkiest and joyful song ever written. Actually my first ecounter with Peg was in De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising album, on the Eye Know track. I also strongly recommend the first DeLa Soul record to anybody looking for intelligent (or nerdy?) old school hip hop.

It's light and breezy (but so is Kenny G) but far from what I expected. I hardly see where all the genius is. I just know that my wife asked me firmly to turn it off. Yes honey, right away.

You know when Saturday Night Live is presenting it's cast on the opening credits? That's the kind of corny-saxophone-beret-with- sunglasses music to expect. Waka Waka!

Good but overrated.

Menswear | 3/5 |


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