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4.0 out of 5 stars Just keep playing it !, 9 April 2008
This review is from: Morph The Cat [U.S Version] (Audio CD)
Well , I've read all the comments about 'finely-crafted' , all the name-dropping about who's a better bass-player etc etc, and so what?
Yes, I'm a DAN fan and have the complete works (what DAN fan doesn't?)
First impressions weren't good, but as so many other reviews have said , it really grows on you, so keep playing it! There are weak songs to my taste (Security Joan, Brite Nightgown), and there are weaknesses in some tracks where the 'solos' just go nowhere, and there's the awful brass on Morph the Cat playout which sounds like my cat on a bad day. Then there's "What I Do" which is far away the one with immediate appeal which can pale after too many plays, but Pagoda of Funn is the outstanding track of the album, albeit slightly overlong, which I would never tire of. Would I recommend the album? - definitely , and not just to DAN fans.
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Initial post: 9 Jul 2008 16:11:19 BDT
Mr. D. Lewis says:
Totally agree about "Pagoda..." jock. Cynicism and a world weary lyric matched by a beautifully sad melody, for me it doesn't outstay its welcome.
"On The Dunes" from Kamakiriad also is my favourite on that (albeit patchy) record. Claims that that particular track is overlong by many Fagen/SD fans I've never found either- Although musically different, the feel of weary resignation in both lyric and music I find completely brilliant.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2008 21:09:36 GMT
I agree too, the longer the better! But tend to disagree about Brite Nitegown. It does seem trite to begin with but the more I hear it the more hypnotic I find it.

Posted on 13 Oct 2009 12:53:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Oct 2009 12:53:24 BDT
Couldn't agree more on Pagoda. The harmonies in the chorus are just plain damn feckin' perfect! At first I mostly listened to H Gang, What I Do and Security Joan, them being the easy ones to like. After really consuming the album I concentrate on the other tracks, such as 'Mary', 'Mona and naturally 'Pagoda'.
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