Another infrequent yet unmistakeable bunch of cool stuff from Donald Fagen. Nothing particularly different from what you'll be used to if you're a regular Becker/Fagan fan and, notwithstanding the fact that Walter isn't mentioned at all in the booklet ("sleeve notes" would date me terribly), this could easily be the Steely Dan follow-up to Everything Must Go. It does resemble that album quite closely in terms of its overall sound, structure and instrumentation: there's a similar selection of keyboards, you've got the same female chorus quite prominent in places, the usual suspects on guitar (and very tasteful too), plus the expected bookish lyrics which offer plenty of scope for study and interpretation. Donald's voice sounds a touch strained in places but then he does tend to sing from the throat rather than the diaphragm and it *is* strangely distinctive and likeable. Typically, the songs barely make an impact the first time and it takes several listens before the subtle melodies and clever arrangements begin to fix themselves in the mind - but we wouldn't want it any other way. So - is it worth buying? "Cheesy", said a friend of mine the first time she listened to it. "Well ... " I faltered, reddening and somewhat nonplussed, "maybe, but at least it's a mature and complex Stilton and not a pale lump of nondescript sheep's milk thingy". That shut *her* up. She's a Nightfly lover you see (aren't we all?). And of course it's worth buying. Well, you're not going to wait the best part of twenty years for the next one, are you?