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Steely Dan


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.59 | 16 ratings

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3 stars Live Dan in an intimate performance

Short and sweet: An enjoyable live performance of tracks spanning their long career, "Two Against Nature" is a real treat for Steely Dan fans. Shot on a small stage with a noticeably dark presentation, the cameras never get far away. You have almost all close-up shots of the performers. The low lighting gives the show the cool vibe you would expect from Steely Dan. The treatments of the songs are of the typical high Steely Dan quality but without the heavier bite that the pre-Gaucho material possessed, no doubt they have simply mellowed a bit with age. I must admit that while enjoyable, this show sometimes feels just a bit too mature for my taste, I miss some of the rock vibe of their early days. The full band comes with three background singers to give the vocals the full sound needed. Highlights include "Green Earrings" and "Kid Charlemagne" of course, the stuff that really pushed the old cats to their most energetic. In between the tracks are short interview segments with the band and fans providing a wealth of interesting information about the songs and personalities. The sarcasm level is wonderfully high from the boys themselves, as Becker likens a comparison of bass guitars with the difference between a $100/night hooker and a $1,000/night one. The sound and picture quality are fantastic. I would say this is an easy recommendation for fans of the Dan's later, more refined sound but much less so for fans of their earlier, more rocking albums.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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