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Unfairly left in the shadow....,
This review is from: Gaucho (Audio CD)
...of Aja, which has the more obvious appeal, and which received the critical acclaim and achieved the commercial success Gaucho did not. Despite it's difficult birth - Becker and Fagen's magic partnership starting to fall apart; the recording had an engineer accidentally erase a completed song; its' perfect production is maybe a little too sterile; Gaucho has some of the very finest songs they ever penned - side 1 (as was in vinyl days) featured "Babylon Sisters", a laid back West Coast number with (as ever with SD) a sting in the lyrics...."love's not a game for three..." - "Hey Nineteen" - on a similar theme an older man finding his young lover unfamiliar with Aretha Franklin - and finally, one of their very best tunes, "Glamour Profession", with a riff that could go on for ever - though the lyrics are starting to age ("we'll make some calls from my car...") The remaining 4 songs are strong, especially in the lyrics, if not up to the same heights as the first 3 songs. Soon after Fagen moved on to his solo career with the brilliant "Nightfly".
If I had to choose one SD album for my desert island, this would be it - but if you're not familiar with the band, I think it fair to warn you that I would be in a minority. Still, I would like to think all 'Dan fans agree this album has some of the bands finest songs.