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Steely Dan


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.50 | 114 ratings

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4 stars A masterpiece, just not of Prog.

Steely Dan's debut shows Steely Dan's song-writing ability already at full force, with their excellent blend of pop, soft rock, and jazz. Can't Buy A Thrill features a ton of Steely Dan's most well known, and best songs, such as Do It Again, with it's amazing guitar solo courtesy of Denny Dias, and excellent organ solo by Donald Fagen, and it's spanish flavorings, or the excellent pop of Reelin' In The Years, with more excellent guitar playing, with a nice guitar harmony part, and some nice piano playing.

I've always thought of Steely Dan as the Pink Floyds of pop, due to their absolutely stunning lyrical capability, which is more akin to Prog, than Pop, lyrics ( see Fire In The Hole, Midnite Cruiser, Do It Again, and Kings, my favorites from here). Their lyrics would also get even better on their later, more Proggy, albums.

As Steely Dan were not in their Prog phase yet, this cannot be given a perfect five stars, but this being said, it is a masterpiece, and Steely Dan's poppy songs should appeal to prog fans based on their mix of smart lyrics, good muscianship, and good compositions.

Sheavy | 4/5 |


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