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Circus Money

10 Jun. 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 Jun. 2008
  • Release Date: 10 Jun. 2008
  • Label: 5 OVER 12
  • Total Length: 59:59
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  • ASIN: B002EKIGY6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,235 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Granny Bookworm on 27 Oct. 2009
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OK, I'm a bit late to the party, but as a lifelong Steely Dan / Donald Fagan fan, I was delighted to find this Walter Becker offering. What an eye opener! Ever since it arrived, it's been on almost permanent replay - just can't get enough of it. If I could only take one disc to a desert island, this would be it. All the subtle humour you would expect from half of Steely Dan, with the usual wry insights into human behaviour and the way life conspires against us all. Not a bad track on the album, though if pressed, the stand-outs for me are the wonderfully titled "Bob is not your uncle anymore", the evocative and ethereal "Paging Audrey" and the wonderfully bouncy - but somehow rather menacing - Darkling Down... (... it's a damn disgrace!). Can't recommend this highly enough, you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By inkster on 24 Oct. 2008
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It has taken quite a while for this one.
At first , all I thought " why did he even bother; This is an album that lacks any urgency, is flat, boring and quite a waste of time and space, especially when compared with donald fagens latest album".

Now however I have to say that I like it a lot.
There's a lot more going on here than I picked up on initially, and it is not pointless at all anymore".

It has taken a while though...which Can be a good thing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Murray on 11 Oct. 2008
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I have to admit, the first time I listened through the album it left me kind of cold. I'm not a big fan of reggae and the whole album is permiated by various takes on the genre. However, give it a second listen, maybe a third and trust me the songs suddenly come to life. The lyrics are some of the sharpest (and darkest) to feature on a Dan related album (and that's saying something). But what really stands out is the vocals of Becker. He demonstrates the unique ability to lift a song, convey emotion and humour in the subtlest of ways. A truely remarkable album that takes a few playings to catch, but once it does you won't be able to leave it alone.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Neil C on 19 Jun. 2008
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It goes without saying, given the fact that Donald Fagen handles vocals for Steely Dan and has released three not-un-Dan-like solo albums, that it is unclear what the contribution is of his Steely Dan writing partner Walter Becker to the authorship of that classic music.

We have for a while had to assume that perhaps what is lacking from the Dan sound on Fagen's solo work is indicative of what Becker's contribution to Dan might be - therefore one posits that Becker brings in a more ballsy rockier musical contribution, some additional lyrical bite, some extra rough edges, some extra harmonic spice....

Added to this, Becker didn't help himself in terms of this conjecture when he released his first solo album '11 Tracks of Whack' a few years back, which, while entertaining and a supreme effort by anyone's standards, occupied a somewhat more pared down and less slick approach to production than anything that would grace a Steely Dan album or anything solo by Fagen.

Now finally with his new album 'Circus Money' we get to hear what Becker brings to Steely Dan making clear his claim to the 50/50 collaboration with Fagen. It is the true confirmation of his genius.

Anyone put off by Walt's un-Dan-like debut should disregard that concern immediately. This music hits all the right buttons for lovers of Steely Dan - and, idiomatic as the vocal melodies and lyrics would have been to Don's delivery, Walt delivers the goods so well vocally that Don is not missed here.

Generally, aside from a couple of tracks (notably 'Somebody's Saturday Night') I think the album requires around three listens to really bed in and to have it's genius felt.
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I was going to review this as, in common with Becker's first solo album 11 Tracks of Whack, this is the album since Nightfly by which I have been most unreservedly impressed. But that wouldn't have been true: I've gone through periods in the last couple of years of worshipping each album they've put out since their halycon days (on Everything Must Go particular tracks).

What the two Walter Becker solo albums don't show evidence of, that I believe everything else post-Nightfly does, is a diminishing of their (his) powers compared to their heyday. For various reasons, everything else by them sounds like the Dan's got old: a step or two off the pace they set throughout the '70s. Amazingly, both Becker solo albums are the exceptions to this rule; nothing of the Dan at their peak seems to have been lost though the voice and sound are rather different.

On the first listen, I was thinking, 'where are the tunes?' Now, those tunes envelop me with their melodies and tunefulness. The voice is different here than on 11 Tracks of Whack: it's even soulful in places rather than the scratchy lived-in vocal that filled out the brilliant songs of desolation that make up much of Whack. Who knew that Becker could sing so beautifully? Try Downtown Canon as an example of this.

Best tracks: Three Picture Deal, Darkling Down, Downtown Canon, Paging Audrey, Upside Looking Down, Circus Money and Do You Remember the Name.
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