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Steely Dan


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.76 | 202 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This album and the previous one "Katy Lied" really leave me feeling indifferent. Maybe i'm just tired of their sound or maybe it's because they've done this better with "Countdown To Ecstacy" I don't know exactly. I listen to this and I feel like i'm listening to soft FM music from the late seventies. Okay I guess I am (1976) but they aren't impressing me like they did earlier. Yes there is more guitar here but I would classify it as wimpy guitar so it does nothing for me. Some good songs as usual though.

And "Kid Charlemagne" is one of those. An upbeat tune including a guitar solo 2 1/2 minutes in. "The Caves Of Altamira" opens with horns but vocals, drums and piano are the focus. "Don't Take Me Alive" is led by guitar early on until the vocals arrive just before a minute.The guitar will come and go though. An okay tune. "Sign In Stranger" is piano and vocal led and I like the piano after 3 minutes in particular. "The Fez" is funky and fun. "Green Earrings" is a good funky song as well. "Haitian Divorce" is all about the lyrics. "Everything You Did" and "The Royal Scam" both do little for me for the resons stated in my intro.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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