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Rock - Erschienen am 21. November 1980 | Geffen*

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Aja was cool, relaxed, and controlled; it sounded deceptively easy. Its follow-up, Gaucho, while sonically similar, is its polar opposite: a precise and studied record, where all of the seams show. Gaucho essentially replicates the smooth jazz-pop of Aja, but with none of that record's dark, seductive romance or elegant aura. Instead, it's meticulous and exacting; each performance has been rehearsed so many times that it no longer has any emotional resonance. Furthermore, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's songs are generally labored, only occasionally reaching their past heights, like on the suave "Babylon Sisters," "Time Out of Mind," and "Hey Nineteen." Still, those three songs are barely enough to make the remainder of the album's glossy, meandering fusion worthwhile. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1972 | Geffen*

Auszeichnungen Stereophile: Record To Die For
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Pop - Erschienen am 29. Februar 2000 | Giant - Reprise

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Was Donald Fagan und Walter Becker uns mit ihrer neuen CD "Two Against Nature" vorsetzen, ist mehr als nur Zwischendurchkost. Die beiden genialen Musiker jonglieren mit großartigen Arrangements und hinterlassen ein kleines Meisterwerk. Die Zeit scheint reif für ältere Herrn des Genre. Scheinbar hat das Millennium seines dazu beigetragen, dass plötzlich wieder Melodien an unsere Ohren reichen, die lange auf sich warten ließen. Carlos Santana oder Tom Jones haben es ja bereits vorgemacht. "Two Against Nature" ist eine Sammlung funkiger, jazziger, souliger Stücke, die nicht nur eindringlich in den Gehörgang gehen; sie verweilen sogar dort und wollen gar nicht mehr heraus. Die Schubladen sind geöffnet und entleeren sich in ungeahnten Möglichkeiten. Wahre Genießer werden diese Scheibe so schnell nicht mehr aus ihrem CD-Player verbannen. Ein Muß für alle Liebhaber des gehobenen Anspruchs und der gepflegten Attitude. Zwar hat auf vielen Instrumenten die Besetzung gewechselt, langjährige Steely Dan-Musiker wie die Gitarristen Dennis Dias und Jeff Baxter oder der Drummer Jim Hodder sind nicht mehr dabei. Dennoch hat sich der Sound im Vergleich zu älteren Steely Dan Scheiben nur wenig geändert. Und auch wer von der letzten CD von Donald Fagan "Kamakiriad" begeistert ist, geht mit "Two Against Nature" kein Risiko ein. © Laut
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Pop - Erschienen am 21. November 1980 | Geffen*

Auszeichnungen Qobuz' Schallplattensammlung
Aja was cool, relaxed, and controlled; it sounded deceptively easy. Its follow-up, Gaucho, while sonically similar, is its polar opposite: a precise and studied record, where all of the seams show. Gaucho essentially replicates the smooth jazz-pop of Aja, but with none of that record's dark, seductive romance or elegant aura. Instead, it's meticulous and exacting; each performance has been rehearsed so many times that it no longer has any emotional resonance. Furthermore, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's songs are generally labored, only occasionally reaching their past heights, like on the suave "Babylon Sisters," "Time Out of Mind," and "Hey Nineteen." Still, those three songs are barely enough to make the remainder of the album's glossy, meandering fusion worthwhile. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1973 | Geffen*

Auszeichnungen Qobuz' Schallplattensammlung
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Pop - Erschienen am 21. November 1980 | Geffen*

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Aja was cool, relaxed, and controlled; it sounded deceptively easy. Its follow-up, Gaucho, while sonically similar, is its polar opposite: a precise and studied record, where all of the seams show. Gaucho essentially replicates the smooth jazz-pop of Aja, but with none of that record's dark, seductive romance or elegant aura. Instead, it's meticulous and exacting; each performance has been rehearsed so many times that it no longer has any emotional resonance. Furthermore, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's songs are generally labored, only occasionally reaching their past heights, like on the suave "Babylon Sisters," "Time Out of Mind," and "Hey Nineteen." Still, those three songs are barely enough to make the remainder of the album's glossy, meandering fusion worthwhile. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1974 | Geffen*

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Aja

Pop - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1977 | Geffen*

Steely Dan hadn't been a real working band since Pretzel Logic, but with Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records. Instead, it's a measured and textured album, filled with subtle melodies and accomplished, jazzy solos that blend easily into the lush instrumental backdrops. But Aja isn't just about texture, since Becker and Fagen's songs are their most complex and musically rich set of songs -- even the simplest song, the sunny pop of "Peg," has layers of jazzy vocal harmonies. In fact, Steely Dan ignores rock on Aja, preferring to fuse cool jazz, blues, and pop together in a seamless, seductive fashion. It's complex music delivered with ease, and although the duo's preoccupation with clean sound and self-consciously sophisticated arrangements would eventually lead to a dead end, Aja is a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Erschienen am 19. Dezember 1993 | Geffen*

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Pop - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1975 | Geffen*

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Pop - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1976 | Geffen*

The Royal Scam is the first Steely Dan record that doesn't exhibit significant musical progress from its predecessor, but that doesn't mean the album is any less interesting. The cynicism that was suppressed on Katy Lied comes roaring to the surface on The Royal Scam -- not only are the lyrics bitter and snide, but the music is terse, broken, and weary. Not so coincidentally, the album is comprised of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's weakest set of songs since Can't Buy a Thrill. Alternating between mean-spirited bluesy vamps like "Green Earrings" and "The Fez" and jazzy soft rock numbers like "The Caves of Altamira," there's nothing particularly bad on the album, yet there are fewer standouts than before. Nevertheless, the best songs on The Royal Scam, like the sneering "Kid Charlemagne" and "Sign in Stranger," rank as genuine Steely Dan classics. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Erschienen am 14. November 2000 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

Booklet
There is an audience for the double-disc set Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980, although it may be a small one -- it's a set for listeners who want something a little more extensive than A Decade of Steely Dan or Gold yet don't want to invest in full albums. On that level, it works quite well, since it does have all the chart and radio hits, plus a terrific sampling of classic album tracks from "Only a Fool Would Say That" through "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" to "Time Out of Mind." So Showbiz Kids winds up being useful for neophytes -- although it's hard not to imagine anyone who gets this set, believing that this will be all the Steely Dan they'll ever need, eventually succumbing and buying all the studio albums. If that's the case, at least they'll already have "Here at the Western World" and "FM," and won't have to purchase one of the two multi-disc sets that contain these non-LP songs. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop - Erschienen am 9. Juni 2003 | Reprise

Ein vielsagendes Cover: großen, für Normalsterbliche unerschwinglichen Luxus verspricht der mit Uhren und Schmuck zum Bersten gefüllte Lederkoffer. Vorsicht, alles nur geklaut, warnt die mit zwei Rolex bestückte Hand, die das Gesicht eines Straßenhändlers verbirgt. Auch der Albumtitel "Everything Must Go" weckt Erwartungen, verheißt er doch eine gewisse Stilvielfalt. Doch zunächst findet der Hörer genau den typischen Steely Dan-Sound vor, den man nun schon seit Jahrzehnten kennt. Die ersten Songs enthalten ausgefeilte, manchmal ergreifende Popmelodien mit jazzigen Elementen bei meist südländisch-flotter rhythmischer Grundstimmung. Aufhorchen lassen dabei weniger aufregende Arrangements oder spannende Songkonstruktionen, als vielmehr die unerhörte Leichtigkeit, zu der die beiden Masterminds Becker und Fagen ihre meist aus dem Jazz kommenden musikalischen Mitstreiter inspirieren. Luftig und locker perlen Gitarre und Keyboards bereits im Opener "The Last Mall" an der Melodie entlang, wie frisch gewaschen glänzen die Bläser im Chorus. Beinahe meint man der Scheibe anzuhören, dass Donald Fagen und Walter Becker einen Teil ihrer Zeit gerne in Hawaii verbringen. So entspannt scheint die Atmosphäre im Aufnahmestudio gewesen zu sein, dass sich sogar Walter Becker mal ans Micro wagte (was er zuvor noch nie getan hat), um in "Slang Of Ages" seine heisere, an Randy Newman erinnernde Stimme vorzustellen. Gerade bei diesem Stück wird deutlich, dass neben Beckers sparsam gesetzten Gitarrentupfern und Fagens zerbrechlichem Organ die relaxte Stimmung ein unzweifelhaftes Erkennungsmerkmal im Stil der eisernen Dildos ist. Zu der übrigens der transparente Sound einiges beiträgt und vor allem auch die hervorragenden Instrumentalisten: mit ihren meist wie beiläufig eingestreuten Soli sind sie auf diesem Album die wahren Hehler des Jazz. © Laut
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Rock - Erschienen am 24. September 2021 | Geffen

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Pop - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1976 | Geffen*

The Royal Scam is the first Steely Dan record that doesn't exhibit significant musical progress from its predecessor, but that doesn't mean the album is any less interesting. The cynicism that was suppressed on Katy Lied comes roaring to the surface on The Royal Scam -- not only are the lyrics bitter and snide, but the music is terse, broken, and weary. Not so coincidentally, the album is comprised of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's weakest set of songs since Can't Buy a Thrill. Alternating between mean-spirited bluesy vamps like "Green Earrings" and "The Fez" and jazzy soft rock numbers like "The Caves of Altamira," there's nothing particularly bad on the album, yet there are fewer standouts than before. Nevertheless, the best songs on The Royal Scam, like the sneering "Kid Charlemagne" and "Sign in Stranger," rank as genuine Steely Dan classics. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1985 | Geffen*

A Decade of Steely Dan was one of the first compilations designed for CD, so it was intended to showcase digital sound as much as the music itself. Consequently, it's balanced to showcase at least one song from each of the band's albums, leaving off the compilation such minor hits as "Pretzel Logic," "The Fez," and "Josie." Nevertheless, the songs here -- including "Do It Again," "Reeling in the Years," "My Old School," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Kid Charlemagne," "Peg," "Deacon Blues," "Hey Nineteen," and the non-LP "FM (No Static at All)" -- provide a good overview of Steely Dan's career, making the disc a fine introduction to the innovative jazz-rock group. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop - Erschienen am 29. Februar 2000 | Giant - Reprise

Was Donald Fagan und Walter Becker uns mit ihrer neuen CD "Two Against Nature" vorsetzen, ist mehr als nur Zwischendurchkost. Die beiden genialen Musiker jonglieren mit großartigen Arrangements und hinterlassen ein kleines Meisterwerk. Die Zeit scheint reif für ältere Herrn des Genre. Scheinbar hat das Millennium seines dazu beigetragen, dass plötzlich wieder Melodien an unsere Ohren reichen, die lange auf sich warten ließen. Carlos Santana oder Tom Jones haben es ja bereits vorgemacht. "Two Against Nature" ist eine Sammlung funkiger, jazziger, souliger Stücke, die nicht nur eindringlich in den Gehörgang gehen; sie verweilen sogar dort und wollen gar nicht mehr heraus. Die Schubladen sind geöffnet und entleeren sich in ungeahnten Möglichkeiten. Wahre Genießer werden diese Scheibe so schnell nicht mehr aus ihrem CD-Player verbannen. Ein Muß für alle Liebhaber des gehobenen Anspruchs und der gepflegten Attitude. Zwar hat auf vielen Instrumenten die Besetzung gewechselt, langjährige Steely Dan-Musiker wie die Gitarristen Dennis Dias und Jeff Baxter oder der Drummer Jim Hodder sind nicht mehr dabei. Dennoch hat sich der Sound im Vergleich zu älteren Steely Dan Scheiben nur wenig geändert. Und auch wer von der letzten CD von Donald Fagan "Kamakiriad" begeistert ist, geht mit "Two Against Nature" kein Risiko ein. © Laut
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Pop - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1985 | Geffen*

A Decade of Steely Dan was one of the first compilations designed for CD, so it was intended to showcase digital sound as much as the music itself. Consequently, it's balanced to showcase at least one song from each of the band's albums, leaving off the compilation such minor hits as "Pretzel Logic," "The Fez," and "Josie." Nevertheless, the songs here -- including "Do It Again," "Reeling in the Years," "My Old School," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Kid Charlemagne," "Peg," "Deacon Blues," "Hey Nineteen," and the non-LP "FM (No Static at All)" -- provide a good overview of Steely Dan's career, making the disc a fine introduction to the innovative jazz-rock group. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Pop - Erschienen am 13. Oktober 1995 | Giant

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Pop - Erschienen am 1. Januar 1991 | Geffen*