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Steely Dan


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.02 | 217 ratings

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3 stars Nowhere near the impact album that Can't Buy a Thrill was or up to the heights of the next album, Pretzel Logic. Is this, perchance, where the term "sophomore slump" came from? "Bodhisattva" (8.25/10), "Showbiz Kids" (8.5/10), "My Old School" (8.25/10), and "King of the World" (8.75/10) are all decent songs but none come near to the highs of "Dirty Work" or "Night by Night" much less "Do It Again" or "Rikkie Don't Lose that Number." Better off skipping this one--unless you're a collector type--and go to Pretzel Logic or even The Royal Scam. Still, what more can be said about the genius of producer Gary Katz? Some of the purely greatest sounding albums I've ever heard were produced by him, including Eye to Eye, Joe Cocker's Civilized Man, Rosie Vela's Zazu, Love and Money's Strange Kind of Love, and Laura Nyro's Walk the Dog & Light the Light as well as the entire Dan discography.
BrufordFreak | 3/5 |


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