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2.0 out of 5 stars Plodding through the same old chords, 20 Feb. 2012
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If you love the sparkle and variety of Steely Dan's first three albums, you'll be disappointed with this bland series of repetitious chord sequences. And I rather think it's all they've done ever since. Seems like all the inventiveness and wit left the same time as Skunk Baxter. Can't Buy a Thrill, Countdown to Ecstasy and Pretzel Logic are all you need.
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Initial post: 11 Mar 2012 16:38:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Mar 2012 16:38:49 GMT
PK says:
Complete twaddle. That's like saying the first 3 Beatles albums were their best and don't bother with Revolver and Sgt. Pepper. Aja was groundbreaking. No one was doing Aja before Steely Dan did Aja, man. No one was using those chords before Aja, or telling stories the way Aja did. Slap slap, get outta here, man.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 16:53:11 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2012 16:38:05 GMT
A. Cippico says:
Ouch, harsh words Mr. Richardson. I agree that their earlier work was more exciting and edgy, but I'm somewhat intrigued how you can dismiss this one so easily. I'm not going to criticise you for your review because the beauty of music is definitely in the ear of the listener.
As for me, I feel the same about all post-Nightfly albums (and yes, I know that one was DF rather than SD).
Each to their own, eh?

Posted on 19 Nov 2014 01:35:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Nov 2014 01:37:03 GMT
iGlad says:
the man's a complete musical nincompoop if he cannot see the development of the Steely Dan sound towards Aja and then Gaucho.....not to be taken seriously...just at the vast amount of music he's reviewed over the years on amazon!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2014 21:42:46 GMT
D. S. Sample says:
Are all YOU need Mr.Richardson.

Posted on 18 Jan 2015 16:18:32 GMT
Sorry but you are totally and absolutely wrong - Aja is simply a masterpiece. How many times did you listen to it? I bought the album on original release, played it to death and still play it at least once a month. It still makes my hair stand on end it is so sublime! The Aja track itself I usually play two or three times on the trot - the drumming of Steve Gadd is unbelievable!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2015 19:52:33 GMT
Yes ok I take it back to a certain extent. It's entertaining enough but I still think they lost their edge. It's not a band anymore, it's a bunch of really great studio hacks playing great stuff, but not a band. They should never have let Ratty go or whatever his name was - the missile defence guitarist. I just don't think they ever rediscovered the conviction of those first three albums. Probably because they retreated into the studio. Anyway thanks for all the replies. I'm getting a T shirt with Musical Nincompoop on it!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2015 20:07:52 GMT
D. S. Sample says:
But it's good to have a change of direction, it's perfection have you seen the documentary classic albums you can watch it on YouTube.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2015 20:11:54 GMT
Yes I have all their DVDs and albums - big,big fan!!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2015 20:13:28 GMT
Good to see you have a change of heart. Aja is just such a great album, I have never tired of hearing it.
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