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Can't Buy A Thrill

Steely Dan

1972

Can't Buy A Thrill

Album Summary

Can't Buy a Thrill is the debut studio album by the American rock band Steely Dan, released in November 1972 by ABC Records. The album was written by band members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, recorded in August 1972 at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, and produced by Gary Katz. Its music features tight song structure and sounds from soft rock, folk rock, and pop, alongside philosophical, elliptical lyrics. The album was a commercial success, peaking at number 17 on the Billboard chart and eventually being certified platinum. It was also met with positive reviews and later appeared on many professional listings of the greatest albums, including Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000) and Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" (2003).

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Rating

3.71

Votes

5524

Genres

  • Rock
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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Liked it from the first song (the only one I already knew) but it grew on me even more throughout the album. Just enjoyable rock songs on the surface, but very playful and occasionally quite technical instrumentation underneath. Reminds me a lot of a less folky version of America or a more playful version of The Eagles. No idea Why I wasn't more familiar with them before, but I'll definitely listen to more Steely Dan. [Update: spent the next two hours listening to more Steely Dan]

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

An unsung masterpiece record from The Eagles. The big vocal harmonies shine like they always do, but on this record they're bent around more interesting chord progressions. Since when could they rip guitar solos like this? Who knew a band like The Eagles could write such clever lyrics that aren't about senoritas or driving cars? There's not a single song on this album I would skip. The uptempo numbers cook. The downtempo numbers swagger with LA schmaltz. This could be the high water mark for all 70s soft rock. A+ P.S. The Dan continue to fascinate me. They want to be avant garde. They want to rally against whatever is on trend in music at this moment (probably hard rock?). But they just can't help but write perfect pop hooks. No matter how many jazz chord progressions and flugelhorns they throw in, this is commercial soft rock at its finest. Pointed straight at the center of the American mainstream ear. I suppose its their debut, and on later records they perfected their pompous polish, ditched the conventional vocalist, and lost some of the raw, human feel that makes this album shine brighter than any 10th coat of studio wax could do.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Dan. Dan. Dan. Dan. DAN. DAN. DAN. DAAAN. DAAAAN. DAN! DAN! DAAANN!

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

This album will always be special to me. Growing up, my dad didn't listen to ANY music, let alone any albums from previous decades. It wasn't until I moved into the Hamlin and Matt dropped the needle on Can't Buy A Thrill that I first really discovered the world of classic rock. The album's a fuckin banger, and the world it opened the door to for me is equally bangin. Thanks Matt, thanks Hamlin, thanks steam-powered dildo band.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Fuck I am turning into a dad, I appreciate Steely Dan now

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

The last thing I wanted it to be a steely Dan guy but this album really worked for me. Was going to give it 4 but I don’t really know where I’d fault it.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

This was a great ass album. Every song rocked.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
5

I enjoyed this album very much. It was groovy and easy to listen, with multiple great songs. Great background for a scenic drive.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Steely Dan's debut and right from the first moment they have that signature sound. Some real classics on this album: Do It Again, Dirty Work, and Reelin' in the Years. Do It Again starts the album with a cool groove and how many songs have such a cool sitar solo? Yes, I said that. I really liked some of the less famous songs also, like “Change of the Guard” and “Fire in the Hole.” “Turn That Heartbeat Over Again” was probably the weakest track which is kind of a shame that an album that starts so strong ends kind of lame. That’s a real minor complaint though. This is a great album. 

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

I consider Steely Dan to be one of the most exquisite pleasures in all of music. Some of the most intelligent and sophisticated songs you will ever hear. They are in a category of their own. I could listen to their entire discography on an endless loop. Though purists of the Aja/Gaucho camp may scoff at this, I really enjoy this enjoy this early incarnation of the band.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Hey little girl, what’s your favorite steely Dan album? What’s that? You don’t know a lot about steely Dan? Do not a lot of you know anything about steely Dan? Like, you’ve heard the name, but nothing specific?

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

Cette critique ne sera que partiellement pertinente pour une raison très simple que je vais vous exposer. Lorsque j'aime un album dès la première écoute, il est chez moi d'usage de le jouer une nouvelle fois dans le but d'affiner mon analyse le concernant. Pourtant hier, alors que je venais de relancer la première piste, mon compagnon d'écoute elchavez me somma d'écouter une de ses cochonneries sonores. Vous l'aurez compris, cette chanson coupa mon envie de poursuivre ma deuxième écoute des Steely Dan, tout comme une vision de défections couperait un appétit.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

I'm not a huge fan of Steely Dan's sound overall, but I have to admit this album has some bangers....

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Not bad, but distinctly dated, to my ears at least. I didn't listen that closely to be honest, but nothing really caught me.

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Tue May 24 2022
2

I think "soft rock" is definitely an accurate descriptor for this. It's relaxing, easy listening type stuff without anything too challenging happening. That's not to say it's not enjoyable, but I think great albums need to make you think. There are elements of various musical styles like Jazz and Latin incorporated here, but I feel like they get washed away in the overall sound instead of being featured. Overall a couple of tracks I enjoy on here, but not enough to give it a solid 3. Fav Tracks: Do It Again, Reelin' In The Years, Fire In The Hole

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Sun Jul 03 2022
2

God, this band took any sort of bite out of jazz when they shoved it into their soft rock snoozefest, paving the way for all the Kenny Gs of the world. Do It Again is a good song, but the rest of this album can fuck right off.

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Tue Nov 24 2020
5

good music 9/10

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

Why did he waste all those years in the Beano wtf this is class.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

A classic

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

Maybe my favorite album since starting this. A couple old favorites and I enjoyed the songs that I have not heard before.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Phenomenal on all accounts

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Sun Jun 20 2021
5

I almost gave this album a four after one listen, but I just had that feeling in my gut - the one that says "give it one more go". Thank God for it, because this is a 5/5. After that second listen, I put "Do It Again", "Midnight Cruiser", and "Reelin' in the Years" on repeat for several hours straight while scrolling through the entire history of the "Good Steely Dan Takes" Twitter account.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
5

uhh. its mf Steely Dan. 5/5

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

Great

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

So great!

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

God I love this album

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

THE BEST ALBUM EVER MADE

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Sun Mar 07 2021
5

dirty work

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

With the first notes, you’re fucking in. This album, like all steely Dan albums is instrumental perfection, doesn’t seem to be a misplaced note, and there is not one bad song. This album sounds full and rich, jazz, rock and a little bit of Latin vibes. Easy 5.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Great album

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Ich kann mich diesen eingängigen Hits nicht entziehen, auch wenn die Latin-Klänge mich zeitweise an die voreingestellten Beats auf dem 80ies-Keyboard erinnern. Schöner Pop-Rock, Sitarklänge und smoother Gesang. Reelin in the years ist mein all time favourite. 5 Sterne Ohrwurmpotenzial für die nächste Fahrt Richtung Urlaub. Irgendwie kommt mir beim Hören Supertramp in den Sinn, auch ne tolle Band.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
5

Brilliant!

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Marvellously varied. Super strong song writing.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

Groovy!

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Wed May 05 2021
5

I really like this album and everything about it. From the vocals, to the instrumental, to the production. Highlights have been Dirty Work, Kings, Reelin' In The Years (yes I know it's their most well known song but it's so good). All in all, a very solid album. 5 stars from me!

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Wed May 05 2021
5

It's got so many greats from Steely Dan, who can say no?

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Already love this album, good way to start

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

Man I love Steely Dan. Dirty Work and Reelin' in the Years were my faves on this album.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Groovin hooks for days.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Rating: 10/10

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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

laid-back muziek, melodieus, mooi gezongen. Ik kende het niet maar erg leuke verrassing alweer

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

Steely Dan. 10

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

10/10. You can't buy a thrill, but it would be thrilling to buy this album. I think Do It Again is one of the more overrated Steely Dan songs, but I have no right to be salty that people enjoy this more than I do, and this is still a good tune to have come on at the grocery store. Dirty work is a fairly drastic mood swing from Dirty Work, and this is pretty common for the album which I think is why I rarely listen to it through, even though I listen to all the songs a lot. Kings, then, jumps back into the more energetic, sarcastic mood of the first song. The we get to Midnite Cruiser which is one of my favorites form this album. The chorus is so catchy, and the lyrics so savory, and broken up into these delightful little bite-sized lines when sung. Next, we have Only a Fool Would Say That, which is where we first get to a Steely Dan song with pretty much nonsense lyrics. I'm not sure what "Of salads and sun" is supposed to mean, and thought for the longest time he was singing "Of Saladin's son" which also doesn't make sense. Still a pretty fun little song. Reelin' in the Years is probably what a lot of people would call the most overrated Steely Dan song, but honestly this song is just spectacular. The only reason I can see to resent it's popularity is that it has spawned multiple live versions now, and both of the one's I know of don't sound right. I love how the lyrics just seem to fall, almost jumbled, out of his mouth, as if the narrator's world is rapidly falling apart. Fire in the Hole is my least favorite from this album, but I've been told that I clearly just hate Pianists. Brooklyn still makes very little sense to me lyrically, but it is a real pretty song. Change of the Guard makes a fun change of pace, but isn't really a stand-out song in my opinion. And then Turn That Heartbeat Over Again is a very sporadic, yet extremely catchy song that sort of reflects the album as a whole with its jumps between fast and slow lyrics occurring line-to-line, but still all fitting together real nice.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

Perhaps my favorite Steely Dan album? 10/10

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

I like this more every time I hear it 10/10

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

Absolutely loved this album. A few songs wound up forgettable, but the whole thing was worth a double listen-through.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
5

Terrible album cover but I really dig this record. I spin it all the time. Top tier.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Wow, just wow. A true classic!

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

Prawie 1/4 listy skonczona, a to dopiero pierwszy steely dan na liscie, wiec jeszcze 5 czeka na swoj czas, bo steely dan to jedna z tych band, ktora nie wypuszczala muzyki ktora mozna by nazwac niedorobiona, chociaz samo nazywanie steely dan banda jest niezbyt precyzyjnym okresleniem, bo jak dla mnie jest to projekt duetu Becker-Fagen, czego tak jeszcze nie widac na debiutanckim cant buy a thrill, ale jednak widoczne sa juz tego przeslanki, sama plyta ktorej dane mi bylo posluchac kolejny raz pomimo tego, ze jest teraz klasykiem rocka, brzmieniowo jest blizsza jazzowi niz folk rokowi, bo tak nieraz okreslany jest gatunek tego albumiku, co wyroznia plyte to z pewnoscia cieple brzmienie, zestawione z sardonicznym wokalem i liryka Fagena, chociaz na plycie sa 3 traki na ktroych mozna uslyszec na glownym wokalu Palmera na dirty work i brooklyn, czyli wokaliste steely danow na wystepy live oraz hoddera na midnite cruise, kolejna cecha mocno definiujaca brzmienie grupy sa influencje latino jazzowe, zderzone z poscigiem perfekcjonizmu jaki napedzal duet tegich glow duetu, upbeatowe brzmienie w polaczeniu z sarkastycznyi tekstami, ktorych bohaterami zazwyczaj sa fikcyjne persony przegranych ludzi, czy to mordujacych, zkukowanych, kukujacych, grajacych, włóczykijow, wszystkich laczy to, ze nie sa w stanie kierowac swym przeznaczeniem, wiec idealna moodowa muzyczka, na co jeszcze warto zwrocic uwage podczas odsluchu, to perfekcjonizm jakim ocieka album od strony produkcji, jest to zasluga duetu, ktory pomagal w nagrywaniu wszystkich studyjnych albumikow steely dana, to jest Gary Katz i Roger Nichols, ktory byli w stanie spelnic wygorowane wymagania jakosci fagenowobeckerowej, ktory potrafili nagrywac po 300 tejkow danych partii zeby znalezc to cos w brzmieniu, a jesli chodzi o szukanie brzmienia to trzeba przejsc do kolejnej kwestii definiujacej zwlaszcza pozniejsze projekty danowe, czyli uzycia muzykow studyjnych, o ile na cant buy a thrill pojawia sie ich tylko czterech i trzy wokalistki robiace chorki na kings i brooklyn, to jednak ci muzycy nie tylko sa zapychaczem tam gdzie bylo potrzebny dany instrument, ale stanowia oni jedne z hajlajtow plyty tak jak gitarowe solo Elliotta Randalla na reelin in the years, unialnosc tego albumu zawiera sie w tym jak lekko sie go slucha pomimo tak ciezkiego kontentu lirycznego, ale nie jest to zdecydowanie popowa lekkosc, tylko lekkosc wynikajaca z tego jak wypoliszowane sa te kompozycje, na plejce juz mam dwa traki najbardziej popularne wedlug spotifaja, wiec wrzuce dwa troche bardziej niszowe, bedzie to dirty work z wokalem palmera, ktory nie posiada tego sardonicznego vibe jak u fagena, a brzmi raczej jak cos z niebieskookiego soulu, co idealnie komponuje sie z motywem przewodniem traczka, czyli byciu pionkiem wykorzystywanym przez babe zamezna, kolejnym pickiem bedzie fire in the hole nawiazujacym do dogowania draftu wietnamskiego, co oczywiscie bylo dosc modne wsrod owczesnych muzykantow, a cala plyta juz byla dodana na poleczke albumow must have, a jednak jak odpalilem na spoti, to wygladalo tak jakby jej tam nie bylo, wiec kolejny raz padlem ofiara spotifajowego namieszania zwiaznego z roznymi wersjami tych samych albumow, z profilu bandy jestes w stanie zobaczyc tylko jedna wersje i nie masz dostepu zobaczyc innych ktore jednak istnieja gdzies w bazie albumow i jesli masz jakies kawalki z danego wydania jestes w stanie sie do niego dostac, ale co gorsze mozesz dodac duplikaty na plejliste bez informacji o powielonych trakach, spotify welkam tu

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

Awesome album!

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

This is one of my all time favorite albums. Every track. My faves, Do It Again and Midnite Cruiser. Love those solos in the latter.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

I love this album. I used to listen to it all the time. Haven't played it for years.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

Great listen. Favorite tracks are Do It Again and Change of the Guard.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
5

An absolute classic. Safe to say I'm a Steely Fan.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

Great album top to bottom, really want to get into more of their stuff

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

I was already familiar with Do It Again and Reelin' in the Years, and to a lesser extent, Dirty Work, but this is the first time I've listened to the full album and it's a great piece of work.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Amazing debut album.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

This is a legitimate classic. Even though I'd never heard the entire album before, I knew I'd love it. Steely Dan is one of those groups that hits their mark 80%-90% of the time. In that 10%-20% falls pieces like "Midnight Cruiser", which sound like it was written and performed by The Partridge Family.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Loved

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Perfect Vietnam war era songs. One of the first albums of Steely Dan. Favs: Do it again, Dirty work, Only a fool would say that, Reelin' in the years, Turn that heartbeat over again Genre: Soft rock, folk rock, pop

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

An incredibly fun album that has a mixture of classic soft rock hits along with deep cuts that just make you want to dance. Most song have an almost tropical vibe. A couple songs, including the opening track, Do it Again, overuse the organ. Reelin in the Years might be one of the best rock/jazz rock songs of all time. The guitar riff paired with the hook in the vocal harmony is top notch. A classic through and through.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Near perfect album. 2nd/3rd best Steely Dan album. 9-10/10 1. Do It Again 2. Only a Fool Would Say That 3. Kings

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Superb stuff

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Brought back memories of when I FIRST HEARD IT. AWESOMQ

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

What a solid album. My dad would put this record on sometimes, and Do It Again & Dirty Work must have been his favorites because I don't remember the others as well. Amazing that this is their debut album, I think the songs exemplify what is so great about them - depth of songwriting paired with top notch musicianship.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

Literally every song is a banger. An unexpected 5

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

So many under the radar hits

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Great set of songs, all different yet connected in terms of either sound or meaning; highly recommend.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

4.5*. Dirty Work is a song I fell in love with.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

If this isn't perfect, then the definition of perfect needs updating.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

Insert this Steely Dan and let the pleasure take you away… This jazzy, soft rock always hits the spot… What a great fucking album! Top 15 for sure. It’s hard to find a dozen albums I’d rather hear than this one. Reelin’ In The Years and Do It Again are great songs, but Dirty Work is my favorite song on the album. In particular, I love the lyric, “like a castle in it’s corner in a medieval game…I foresee terrible trouble but I stay here just the same…” then the drums lead into the chorus…rat-tat-tat-tat…mmmmmm yeaaaaahhhhh However after listening again today, I prefer side 2 over side 1. The screaming lead guitar on Reelin’ In The Years is classic while Fagen’s piano on Fire In The Hole is outta this world. The last three tracks all have something special too. Interesting fact that I didn’t know before today is that Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were in a band with Chevy Chase before Steely Dan.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

I love Steely Dan so I'll take any excuse to listen to them. I think they have better albums than this but this is still a great album.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

groovy

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Love the blues and R&B influence on this album. Not a bad song on the album

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

5.5…one of my all time favorites….solid rock and roll…was housesitting on Maui late 70’s and these guys lived next door, came out and played volleyball with us….regular guys, good fun…..but I’ve just always loved their music

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Love steely Dan amazing album

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

The Dan fucks.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

Okay take my 5 stars meme album

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

Great leadoff album for the week. Another personal favorite

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Mon May 02 2022
5

I love that Steely Dan sound. Smooth, elegant, barbs in all the right places. The whole thing polished like a disco ball. Do It Again into Dirty Work is a great one two. Reelin' In The Years is another amazing classic. What a collection of great songs on the same sonic effort.

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Mon May 02 2022
5

Peak easy listening

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Wed May 04 2022
5

Do it again and Reelin' in the years are just *chef's kiss*. I feel like I should be a bit less shy about handing out 5 star reviews, and you know what, this is a very good start. This album is chill and smooth and versatile and clever and just great.

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Fri May 06 2022
5

In Tha Morninnnnnn..

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Sat May 07 2022
5

Great vibing

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Wed May 11 2022
5

Lov the build up in “Do it Again” Forgot how much I like this album. Very well written and executed music! Dirty Work was like listening to Chicago, playing so many instruments . Always loved Reeling In the Years- wow what great🎸strumming. well done Steely Dan. .

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Savage

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Fri May 27 2022
5

Love Steely Dan, great album.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

As a Steely Stan I wouldn't put this in their top 3 albums, but it does have some of their best tracks. Awful album cover though.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

Wonderful musicianship. Dark lyrics obscured by jaunty tunes. Brilliant.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Already heard this

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Classic. Easy listening. Was not familiar with Steely Dan but recognized 3-4 songs. Loved it.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

I know some fans consider Can't Buy a Thrill to be an outlier in their catalog, and they don't especially care for it. But it's actually one of my favorites, not just from Steely Dan, but one of my favorite albums period. It's the kind of album I can put on repeat for hours. Fagen and Becker made some masterpiece albums after this one, but Can't Buy a Thrill is easily their most accessible work. There's a softness and more laid back quality to the sound here that's absent from a lot of their later work. But the band's trademark elegant arrangements and musical creativity are all here, as well as Fagen's cagey and unsentimental approach to lyricism. There are the obvious hits that everyone knows, but every track here is a home run. You can drop the needle anywhere on here and you'll land on a gem. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Kings, Only a Fool Would Say That, Reelin' In the Years, Fire in the Hole, Dirty Work, Do It Again, Midnite Cruiser, Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me), Change of the Guard, Turn That Heartbeat Over Again

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

A lot of great songs. Soft rock, easy to listen. I always appreciate a good saxophone solo! I can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy this album.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

I've said it once already but god damn these guys are tight. A perfect album start to finish. Exceptional musicianship.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Warm grooves to make ya feel cool.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Easy 5. Lots of good tracks of the top and then some decent songs and then reelin in the years as the middle track. Great songs and great mix of order

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

yeah I’m with Heisenberg on this in terms of pure musicianship, I’d put them up against any current band you can name this is too good for the five star scale, but somehow I think I like their second and third albums even more but all of these are just beyond incredible sorry I gave Pretzel Logic a measly 9/10 when I started doing this website, every Steely Dan album I’ve ever heard is too good for this five star scale

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

probably their greatest album. Jeff Baxter is credited on the album, a guitarist that has a great resume.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

One of my favorite albums of all time! If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

A classic

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Absolute masterpiece

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Mola. Agradable de escuchar

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

Do it again- great song, good lyrics and groovy instrumental 👍 Dirty Work - nice bit of sax , pleasant to listen to Kings - a history reference and a political allegory? Very well put together👍 Midnite Cruiser- pretty groovy Only a fool would say that - incredibly cynical, great song and perhaps response👍 Reelin' in the years - catchy, another great instrumental👍 Fire in the hole - Vietnam song. I love the piano instrumental👍 Brooklyn - bit more of a laid back song Change of the guard - more optimistic song about positive change. Another Catchy song Turn that heartbeat over again- interesting narrative of junkie and criminal trying to justify his actions👍 Pretty much every song here is very solid, instrumental always outstanding 5/5

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Brilliant

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Really good !!

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

I love Steely Dan! Iconic album. Reelin' in the Years, Turn that Heartbeat Over Again, Dirty Work, all music that's still popular today, but I fell in love with Midnight Cruiser on a full listen. I'm amazed this was their first studio album, because the music is so utterly listenable and so well put-together. Great stuff!

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

"Do It Again" "Dirty Work" "Reelin' In The Years" --> are all A+ 10/10 rock songs. Jeez. I didn't know they were all on the same album! What a great album cover too. Obviously surreal and even with the title "Can't Buy A Thrill", I find it hard to understand all of the elements and why they are there. Easy 5 out of 5 for me. This album Slaps with a capital S.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

A classic and a personal favorite. It has Steely Dan’s two biggest hits — “Do It Again” and “Reelin’ in the Years” — songs I never get sick of hearing. There’s also a ton of other great songs — “Dirty Work” is incredible and “Kings” is a favorite of mine. This was back when Steely Dan was a full rock band (later it would be just Donald Fagen and Walter Becker writing songs and playing with studio musicians). I tend to think of this album as their most straightforward rock album but there’s still a bunch of awesome jazzy solos and complex songwriting. (“Fire in the Hole” has a great jazzy strut to it.) It’s always fun to hear other singers take lead vocals on a few songs on this album. They definitely have ‘prettier’ voices than Donald Fagen but I’m glad he stayed the lead singer after this album. His singing is so unique. He’s capable of adding a strange drama and theatricality to the songs (and there’s something kind of sleazy about his voice too). I’m totally at risk of giving 100 albums a ‘top 20’ designation but I’m gonna do it again (no pun intended). This is a very much a contender for my top 20 or top 30 rock albums. It’s solid front-to-back, no filler. Such a great album cover too. It’s tacky and gaudy and vulgar but I think it’s very funny and pleasing to look at.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

The Dan bear such repeated listening because at their heart is mystery - is this a tune or just noodling? What do the lyrics really mean? And each time one has to unravel it all again. However, here they would never be so pop in their melodies and straightforward in their lyurics. Aja it ain't, but still five stars.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

- I already know Dirty Work and I’m excited to hear the rest of the album! - Do It Again got a little catchiness to it okayyy purr

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

You've probably heard every track on this album, and rightly so. Every song is a hit. Not my favorite Steely Dan album (that goes to Aja), but definitely worth your time.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Awesome, do it again dirty work.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Great record!

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

I honestly didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. The whole album slaps

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Thought this was cringe as first but then realized I was cringe and this is class.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Great album. Major hits, and I was singing along with most of the album even though this was my first time listening to it all the way through. Still not quite as good as Aja in my mind, but that doesn't take away from it being an excellent album.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Never listened to much Steely Dan. Only an occasional song. I mainly associated them with easy listening softer rock music so this album surpised me. From start to finish, the album was great. Every song is ear candy and I really think there is something for everyone in the track list. They have a distinct sound and it's masterfully produced. It's going to sound a bit dated in some places but take that with a grain of salt because most of it still sounds very fresh. I'm wondering now if I've simply gotten older and soft rock sounds better now or this is simply that good. Either way, glad I listened to this cause some these tracks are going into the rotation.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

Fajne

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

I love this album! I made a song by song commentary, but it didn’t save lol. It’s just so damn groovy and catchy. All the chords are so luscious. It’s so fun to play on piano too. I already had 6/10 of these songs liked on Spotify lol. Now it’s 10/10 and I can’t give this album anything other than that. Beautiful and masterful

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

-S Tier- Do It Again Dirty Work Midnight Cruiser Only a Fool Would Say That Fire in the Hole Turn That Heartbeat Over Again -A Tier- Kings Reelin’ in the Years Brooklyn -B Tier- Change of the Guard AVG SCORE: 4.5 / 5 - - - One of the greatest freshman albums of all time.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Still a distance from the sleek studio sound Steely Dan would develop in a short time by the end of the decade, this diverse debut album features strong little songs, mostly rather tuneful ditties with vocals shared across three singers. The multi-layered last track takes things to another level with its tasteful yet ambitious arrangement and mysterious no-good lyric; it is this type of song that sets Steely Dan above 'em all. Favorite track: 'Fire In The Hole' or 'Turn That Heartbeat Over Again' Least favorite track: Do It Again

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Pretty sick

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Stainless Steel

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

One of my favorite classic rock albums. The instrumentals are so crispy here. Very impressive.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Great album

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Great musicianship, great songwriting. Outstanding album.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

7.5/10 FT: Do it again

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Peak dad rock

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Mon Jan 04 2021
4

I've never really listened to Steely Dan outside of their hits, and it looks like I need to take another look. There's not a weak spot on this album. Best track: Do It Again

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

It's really hard to find any fault with this album. It's just solid. Maybe not the most exciting at times, but not a dud track in the listing. And, honestly, "Reelin' In The Years" is one of the most iconic songs of the 70s for a reason. Super solid entry to the list.

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Mon Sep 28 2020
4

This is probably more like a 3.5. There are definitely some dad rock bangers on here. Guitar solos are kinda goofy.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

decent, unique style

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Sun Nov 15 2020
4

Pretty solid, a few singles I recognize from the album.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Great

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Great album with great classics

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Fri Nov 20 2020
4

Great Songs - but not all of them.

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Mon Dec 07 2020
4

Great Vibe 4.2/5

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

catchy

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Classic, Do It Again is a song I heard throughout my childhood. Overall love the album

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Classic rock seasoned with Caribbean influences. Warm and uplifting, great for these dark times.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Love the mellow vibe that most of this album puts out, with the exception of a few tracks, but even the non-mellow tracks are great. I've heard Rellin' in the years before, but now I actually know the artist and song name! I'll probably go back and listen to this again.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

4.5; I bigly enjoyed this, more than I thought I was going to.. I might be a steely dan fan now

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

I knew more songs on this album than I thought I was going to, and they are all songs that I like. The album is really consistent throughout 4/5

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Cool, the first part was good

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

While everyone will know "Reelin' In the Yearsm" my personal favorite was "Dirty Work," which I feel like I've heard a million times without never actually hearing it before. The bossonova/lounge music seems like it goes well as a background track doing mundane tasks and reminds me of beach resort music. There are def worse ways I can imagine sipping on a drink near a pool.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

I mean... this album is great. That's all.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Surprisingly good

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Na da bin ich ja gespannt, Steely Dan‘s Pretzel Logic war ja für mich DIE Entdeckung schlechthin. Bei 'Do it again' dachte ich mir: ach, das ist von denen! Und: habe ich 'Reelin‘ In the Years' eventuell nicht auch schon mal gehört? Die Platte kommt nicht ganz an Pretzel Logic ran und die Songs zünden insgesamt später, sie zünden aber größtenteils. Ich mag den Stil der Band offenbar einfach. Gute 4 Sterne.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Fun album, steely Dan rips through with guitar sections that take you away on multiple tangents. Always feels like the band is just having fun putting together good music, will listen to again

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Enjoyable

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Really did enjoy this album. Wasn't what I expected to hear.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

couldnt get to the end, not my thing. Its pretty good tho

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Surprisingly enjoyable

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Great album, not as good as Pretzel Logic

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Cruising on a california highway

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

LOVE THIS. Another epic debut album! 4.5 stars.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Heard it before. Its a good one

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Many great songs!

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Great album. Very nostalgic feel. I think my parents listened to this one a lot around me when I was young. Do it Again, Dirty Work, Brooklyn are all great songs. And Reelin' In the Years is easily recognizable and a great song that has lasted for nearly 50 years. Overall a great album to put on in the background and chill out to

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Sat Mar 06 2021
4

YOU GO BACK JACK. DO IT AGAIN. the first track sets high expectations. it sounds like they’re still figuring out what their sound is - some songs just don’t need to be there. but undeniably talented especially the piano and guitar :D

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

wait i was pleasantly surprised by this, a true feel-good album.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

A great album with a number of songs I didn't know the origin of

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Sun May 09 2021
4

This was pleasant to listen to.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

I like the singles. Classic for a first album.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Reelin in the year Dirty work

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Mange behagelige sanger, med stilig spilling tvers gjennom. Dessverre ikke så mye fancy fusion shit, eller komplekse tromme groover, noe som kommer med de senere albumene. Ellers et ganske fint album. Har hørt og lest mye om hvor heftig produksjonen av alle Steely Dan albumene var, og hvor plettfritt det måtte spilles, og hvor nøye utvalget av mikrofoner og lydutstyr var. De tekniske komponentene i produksjonen er høyt over min egen kompetanse, men det er verd å nevne. Kan ikke gi mindre enn en 4.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Fint album. mange fine sanger etc, men litt enfoldig til tider. Får ikke så mye ut av tekstene, kanskje det svakeste aspektet med albumet. Beste sangen er "only a fool would say", den jeg likte minst var kanskje "Broklyn", var veldig kjedelig og ba ikke på mye som jeg ikke har hørt før. Gir albumet en svak 8/10

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

I forgot this album existed ngl, but I enjoyed most of it

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Vraiment tre bon, j’adore et je vais assurement reecouter. 4.75

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Sat Mar 06 2021
4

Yup, it's Steely Dan. 7/10, I liked Aja more.

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Hi: Midnight Cruiser, Fire In The Hole Steely Dan was finding their footing in their debut album, but it was still a strong start...Besides the radio classics Do It Again, Dirty Work, and Reelin' in The Years (all of which are fantastic), less familiar tracks like Midnight Cruiser and Fire In The Hole really show that Steely Dan were on to and what they would become. It might be unfair to judge an artist against their later work, but this isn't my favorite Steely Dan album (That would be Aja)...It's great musically, just not as crisp and clean as later showings.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Pretty catchy and has a timeless element to it. Nothing stood out for me, but consistently good.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Serious jazz pop music to be enjoyed in so many contexts. They would get better with the years, but their first is still a strong statement.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

I mean, the album starts with "Do It Again" and "Dirty Work." Those two songs alone make this one a heavy-hitter. "Reelin' in the Years" anchors the middle - also another Classic Rock radio mainstay. Overall, this album displays tight songcraft, meticulous studio production, crisp orchestration, and some impressive guitar work at certain parts. A band with a deep bag of tricks. One ding from me would be that it definitely sounds like 70s stadium rock, but it's probably among the best I've heard of that genre/era.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Oh brilliant ! A real 70s vibe and two tracks from our teenage years so very nostalgic. Really enjoyed the album ****

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Classic SD! lots I've never heard before

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

I enjoyed it.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

This is just class - well written songs, beautiful simple production, little bit Americana, rock, even proggy here and there but not so much of any of the above that it became annoying. 4 well-earned stars.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

noice

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

I previously only knew "Do it again", but there were many hidden gems to be found

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Sarcastic, slick AOR. BT: Do It Again, Dirty Work, Reelin' In The Years

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

- very pleasing - upbeat but latin vibes - paul mccartney meeting elton john?

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

A proper classic with some really good songs that still kick inside

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Better than expected

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

This has been the third Steely Dan album I get in less than a month (lucky me?), and so a part of me wanted to not like it because I kind of think 4 of their albums on the list is a little too much. But it was still pretty nice.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

It's a 3.5, and wanting to hear it again (and see what the fuss is about).

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Wen den ich nicht kannte aber kannte - weißte schon! Gute Popmusik, spannend gemacht. Merke ich mir.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Some nice soft rock

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Sun May 09 2021
4

It's a classic, but not every song is a winner. Lots of hits and then misses. I was interested to learn that going mobile wasn't a newer song - I thought they made it in the 90s about getting an RV. The album also lacks cohesion in a lot of ways. If these songs hit the radio, I'll listen, but I never pick up this album and am excited to play it. Definitely second fiddle to the beatles, stones, and led zeps of the era. I give it 7/10.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

Great album, would listen to again.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
4

Some real bangers on this one, overall not too bad.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

Rock&Roll album, a combination of slow and fast songs. Not unique but very good.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

Le gros problème de cet album, c'est qu'il est excellent, ce qui laisse très peu de place à l'inspiration pour de potentielles moqueries, dégradation de l'image ou encore invectivations envers Robert Dimery.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

So good.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Pretty good

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Loved it

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Fri May 07 2021
4

funny

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

First two tracks awesome, rest of the album was ok. Probably worth 3.5 stars for me

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Fagen and Becker named the band after a "revolutionary" steam-powered dildo mentioned in the William S. Burroughs novel Naked Lunch. ROFL

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Stacked with hits. Great listen for a Sunday morning.

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