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Editors’ Notes

Age hasn't mellowed Donald Fagen. Steely Dan has always been a band obsessed with perfection, with songs that either act as brainteasers or dark tales lurking under a shiny veneer, and Fagen continues this approach into senior status. He plays the role of the older man trying to keep a younger woman in "Slinky Thing." He's surprised by the advantages of a relationship gone sour on "I'm Not the Same Without You," while a blues harmonica cuts through the smooth jazz-pop. "Weather in My Head" questions the emotions swirling around one's mind. "Miss Marlene" understands the romance that accompanies tragedy among the young and beautiful. Fagen expands the modern definition of "ghetto" to re-include the Jewish people, with a bit of klezmer injected into his cover of Isaac Hayes' "Out of the Ghetto." Because he was never a young man anxious to hop on trends, Fagen, at 64, doesn't sound out of step or like a desperate artist trying to stay relevant. By following his own ear wherever it goes, he continues to make music that's clearly his alone. 

Customer Reviews

Sunken Condos

Have been following Steely Dan for so many Years, also buying any music from either DF or WB as individual performers. It comes as no surprise that this new CD would be purchased without a pre listen.

Have listened through the CD a couple of time I can confirm that its going to be slow burner for the majority of tracks. The first track 'slinky thing' stands out as an immediate 'like' as does 'weather in my head' and 'good stuff'. Its a funky sounding CD with classy detail, in particular, on guitars, mouth organ, base and brass ensemble.

The whole sound is VERY Donald Fagen with a hint of early Steely Dan in places. No big surprises, which is ok. Very classy high end production. A joy to listen to. Well worth the money.

An Old Friend

Morph the Cat felt very new, and yet, very familiar. This, on the other hand, is Pretzel Logic era chords, phrasing a and biting wit. I instantly felt like I'd heard this record before. But in a good way.

What do you imagine a new Donald Fagen album will sound like?...

Well, this sounds even better. Surprising yet familiar - brilliantly conceived and immaculately realised. You won't regret buying it.


Born: 10 January 1948 in Passaic, NJ

Genre: Rock

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

Donald Fagen was one of the two masterminds behind Steely Dan, the seminal jazz-pop band of the '70s. Fagen's solo work has been a continuation of the band's work of the early '80s -- carefully constructed and arranged, intricately detailed pop songs that are more substantial than their stylish surface may indicate. His 1982 solo debut, The Nightfly, was the best album he had made in years; it covered the same ground as the last two Steely Dan albums, yet surpassed them in terms of ambition and achievement....
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