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Steely Dan


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.01 | 79 ratings

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2 stars Everything Must Go is the ninth and for now last studio album from US pop/ rock act Steely Dan. Three years have passed since their comeback album Two Against Nature. I didnīt much enjoy Two Against Nature even though it had its moments and I canīt say itīs gotten better with Everything Must Go. On the contrary.

The music is still laidback jazzy pop/ rock but this time totally without bite and attitude. None of the songs stand out IMO and Steely Danīs music is almost reduced to easy listening background music. There are a few parts here and there that is out of the ordinary compared to other pop/ rock artists but that doesnīt neccessarely make the music on Everything Must Go much better than your average pop/ rock act.

The musicianship is excellent as always but weīve gotten use to that by now, so no extra plusses there.

The production reminds me of the sound on Two Against Nature and of course itīs excellent but again this is not where they need to improve.

The songwriting is below average compared to other releases from the band and itīs obvious why Steely Dan hasnīt released anything in the last 5-6 years. They simply donīt have more to offer. A very weak release from a once interesting act. 2 stars is deserved.

My conclusion after reviewing all studio albums from Steely Dan is that Countdown to Ecstasy ( 1973), The Royal Scam ( 1976) and Aja ( 1977) are the three albums for progheads to get if they have any interest in trying out Steely Dan. I find those three albums great allthough not excellent. Just remember that Steely Dan is in the Crossover catagory for a reason. Their music is only borderline progressive, so donīt expect anything else. Personally Iīm very happy that I took my time to listen to Steely Danīs discography and widen my horizon a bit.

UMUR | 2/5 |


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