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Album Review

Aja was cool, relaxed, and controlled; it sounded deceptively easy. Its follow-up, Gaucho, while sonically similar, is its polar opposite: a precise and studied record, where all of the seams show. Gaucho essentially replicates the smooth jazz-pop of Aja, but with none of that record's dark, seductive romance or elegant aura. Instead, it's meticulous and exacting; each performance has been rehearsed so many times that it no longer has any emotional resonance. Furthermore, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's songs are generally labored, only occasionally reaching their past heights, like on the suave "Babylon Sisters," "Time Out of Mind," and "Hey Nineteen." Still, those three songs are barely enough to make the remainder of the album's glossy, meandering fusion worthwhile.

Customer Reviews

Oh Contraire!

Gaucho represents the peak of the Steely Dan body of work. The jazz tapestries were still dialed back enough and when blended with their 70's sensibilities produced their finest efforts. While the track Gaucho certainly has flavors of Keith Jarret it is still a masterpiece. "My Rival" has no rival! You will really appreciate the precision and creative character when you hear a piece of Gaucho live. Check them out on "alive in america" or better yet..check them out live in a town near you! Fagen and Becker may not have many more left in them..

OUT OF MY MIND!!!

Cant get enough of steely. Their entire collection of releases is amazing and this is no exception.

Biography

Formed: 1972 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Most rock & roll bands are a tightly wound unit that developed their music through years of playing in garages and clubs around their hometown. Steely Dan never subscribed to that aesthetic. As the vehicle for the songwriting of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, Steely Dan defied all rock & roll conventions. Becker and Fagen never truly enjoyed rock -- with their ironic humor and cryptic lyrics, their eclectic body of work shows some debt to Bob Dylan -- preferring jazz, traditional pop, blues, and...
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