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  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Giant
  • ASIN: B000024FD6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As one half of Steely Dan, bassist, guitarist, and co-writer Walter Becker was often overlooked simply because the words came out of his partner's mouth. But any post-Dan suspicions that it was Donald Fagen who carried more weight in shaping the duo's stealth pop are brilliantly atomised by this superb, if underrated 1994 solo debut for Becker, which confirms his stand-alone gifts for intricate jazz harmonies, his instincts for superb arrangements, and above all his powers as a lyricist. On the evidence of 11 Tracks of Whack, it's Becker who excels at the oblique, coded language that was one of Steely Dan's most insidious weapons: from the opening "Down in the Bottom" and the withering, yet tender "Junkie Girl", "Book of Liars" and "Cringemaker", Becker crafts shadowy relationships, telling gesture, and street patois into brilliant, highly stylised songs. Apart from shedding fresh light onto one of the most potent writing partnerships in pop, these Tracks pack whack indeed. --Sam Sutherland

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
.. and enlightening to finally hear what Walter Becker brought to the Steely Dan 'party' - a lot of what made them special, it seems. So much so that if you run this album through your head, as I have, with Donald Fagen handling the vocals, what you hear, I believe, is a great Steely Dan album that never was.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Don Fielder VINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
What a hugely neglected gem of a record this is! It's a wonderful album, which I don't recall ever seeing any promotion for. I came across it about a year ago, while perusing the Becker/Fagan back catalogue. The 5-star reviews are spot on and well deserved. Pity the guy who took it back to the shop. You've got to play it more than once sometimes! It's a stylistically varied album, into which Becker throws a bucketful of contemporary musical references - even some ethnic chanting in the fade-out of Surf and/or Die - mostly within a tight blues/rock framework, together with a couple of excellent groovy blues ballads more akin to the Steely Dan material. As for what you may read elsewhere on this site about his ability on the guitar, I'm sorry, it's plain wrong. Becker is an amazingly original player and he demonstrates this a little more explicitly here than he does on the SD stuff - understated maybe, but he throws notes at you that you're just not expecting and he'll seamlessly change key four times and back again in a few bars. Lucky Henry is a case in point with its twin-tracked guitars and edgy harmonics and the excellent 12-bar boogie Cringemaker just chugs along, with the guitar stabbing judiciously throughout. His vocals are perhaps a little disarming at first. Drawly, bluesy, half-spoken, a sort of cross between Bowie and Tom Waits, they're a world apart from what you might expect if you're familiar with Steely Dan, excepting the obvious point that he doesn't actually sing much on their albums! There's an unlisted 12th track too, despite the title. Great melodies, great playing, superb arrangements, thoughtful and thought-provoking lyrics, including a touch of Dr. Zeus on Hat Too Flat. Buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Hotchkiss on 19 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Bring me some cake and there'll be more whAck than you can handle.
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen already have their names written alongside the stars, alongside the greatest jazz funk rhythm and blues ( not the R&B as so called and as hijacked by todays music industry.
LA style and LA Lifestyle, the City of Glass shattered with the coolest hippest music and hard hitting lyrics, and sublimley hidden social comment from walter Becker..... its so cool it hurts! Ha Ha lyrics and wah wah guitar walter does it all el supremo! A truly great album even better than Circus Money, but buy it as well and appreciate the pure music skills of Walter Becker and superb production by Donald Fagen.The Royal ScamKaty LiedPretzel LogicGaucho (DTS 5.1 Surround)Countdown To EcstasyCan't Buy a ThrillAja Will there ever be another duo with so much musical talent?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bogfairy on 15 Nov. 2013
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I love this album. A litttle bit dark and moody - lots of references to old drug habits and the consequences of the same. Surf and/or Die, Junkie Girl, Down in the Bottom - are 3 outstanding tracks. If you know Walter Beckers life story, you will be familiar with the source of the albums lyrics. Dark maybe, but a really fine album that demands attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David A. Norris on 28 Mar. 2011
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This is a disc I have bought for the second time after selling it first time around because it did not grab me as that good. This time around I am very impressed. The songs are all very strong, I think that I was too focussed on the gruffness of the voice, to look at how excellent the lyrical content is. The singing which I was less than impressed with now I find an integral part of why the songs are strong. All of the playing is very Steely Dan, great musicians and well crafted tunes. I suspect that this disc requires a decent system to really replay it to allow the splendour of the songs to come through. I shall not be selling this again.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Colin Gillman on 29 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you like the moe 'intelligent' aspect to Steely Dan then buy this now. You cannot fail to like it. If instead you are searching for that drum beat and disco Donald Fagen sound, don't bother here but buy either The Nightfly or Kamakiriad instead. Trust me, you'll be happier.
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Look for a site which shows the lyrics of Surf And/Or Die, such as oldielyrics. Here we have a magnificent song about mortality from the moment of someone's death. All the songs are superb lyrically, and are sung with absolute control in voice modulation as if it had been Becker who'd been the singer throughout the '70's with Steely Dan. Another standout lyric is on the Girlfriend song.

Of course, it's very difficult not to come to this album not wanting a Donald Fagan vocal without even realizing it. But negative reaction to Becker's voice really is only "oh, it isn't Donald," as the vocals here couldn't possibly be more effectively controlled, and released. And the sense of melody clearly hasn't left him.
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