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Muzak to die to
on 29 May 2006
Donald Fagan has said that this album is about death. In interview, he has stated that Morph the Cat forms the third leg of a trilogy. Nightfly was No 1 and concerned adolesence, Kamikiriad was No 2 and concerned a mid-life romance with an unlikely car and this one, Morph the Cat concerns death.
I think he is having us on. There are only two tracks here that concern death and they are two of the weaker, more insignificant tracks, Brite Nightgown and The Night Belongs to Mona.
What I think he is doing is letting us know that he has run out of ideas. M the C is a very nice album, finely crafted and beautiful to listen to, just as you would expect of a Dan/Fagan album. But it's also a very boring album. Fagan seems to be going through his paces but not much more. It's a gym workout album, par excellence. A song like Security Joan must have taken Fagen all of ten minutres to write - a nice little ditty about getting turned on by a female frisker at airport security - but why bother?
My favorite track is What I Do, a spoof conversation between a young Don Fagan and Ray Charles. It's not "What'd I Say" (Ray Charles's biggest hit), bit "What I do". But even here, there is a jokey insubtantial feel to it that suggests that Don has reached a stage in his career where he has nothing left to say.
I feel he could produce an album like this every three months without so much as breaking sweat. Normally Dan/Fagan albums grow on you and get better and better with each listening. They go on the turntable and stay there for 30 or 40 play-throughs. This one doesn't. It peaks at about the fifth play and then tails off. All the tracks are over long and sound padded out. Easy listening. Not challenging.