This is a Random Album Generator.
One album a day.
From the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The Nightfly

Donald Fagen

1982

Wikipedia

The Nightfly

Rating

2.98

Votes

3271

Reviews

Like a review? Give it a thumb up to help us display relevant reviews!
View Author
4

I love Steely Dan, but had never listened to any of Donald Fagen's solo work without Walter Becker. Can I describe it as "too smooth" or "too upbeat"? I must miss the more biting aspect to the lyrics and music that were Beckers influence. Maybe 3.4/5? Then I listened to it some more, and its really growing on me due to the jazzy music. Solid 4.

👍
View Author
3

Over produced, yacht rock that appeals to a very generic, "beige" set of people

👍
View Author
3

Very middle of the road for me. A nice morning listen. The cover is definitely better than the album.

👍
View Author
2

So cool so fresh so unnötig - 2

👍
View Author
5

A well crafted album with lots of Donald Fagan charms, with his dry, witty, intelligent lyrics and expressive voice. Some nostalgic value for me too - this album slowly became a family favorite starting sometime in my teenage years.

👍
View Author
4

May induce a face-palming epidemic among first-timers in the present day. I get that. It incorporates most of the "oh, that's so 80s" sounds received wisdom says we should avoid: a faux fur bed of cool swing, shamelessly smoothed-out jazz, criminally toothsome hooks, synthesisers, conga(!) But I say this face-palmers: seriously, are those bad things? Especially when they accompany satire so arch you can walk under it without noticing (consider Fagen's sincerity on the opener - "The future looks bright" - or how the line "Ruby Baby, how I want you / Like a ghost I'm gonna haunt you" flips that one into an artlessly creepy song that ends oddly with a super fun coda and fake jazz-club applause). And technical virtuosity that's not only impressive for what it does (like play every modulation known to man) but how accessibly it does it. And the crystalline rhythms that playfully evolve from start to finish without letting a speck of dust settle. And stories about lonely disc jockeys, using your dad's nuclear bunker as a sex den and being ominously stuck in Cuba in guessing). And also remember that received wisdom calls Meatloaf a camp hack but Springsteen a butch genius, immortalises Radiohead and Pink Floyd and celebrates everything that's "oh, so 80s" about Prince.

👍
View Author
2

It was initially nice to hear the light rock 80s sound of Steely Dan's Fagen because just about any music from that era takes me back to fuzzy places. However, I quickly realized that the only thing I like about The Nightfly was the album cover.

👍
View Author
1

Comenzó bien y como al segundo 40 ya todo se fue al carajo con el jazz. Es aburrido y tal vez por lo que comenta Vic está en la lista pero fuera de ahí no me aporta nada

👍
View Author
1

Ernsthaft? Dann lieber ne Stunde Helge Schneider Pink Panther Variationen

👍
View Author
1

Shit 80s muzak.

👍
View Author
5

You can listen to this endless times and it never gets boring

👍
View Author
5

First time I’ve listened to a solo from either one of the Dan’s. Solid stuff

👍
View Author
5

Brilliant, love this album. Better without Becker IMO. Such a cool retro/futuristic vibe to it

👍
View Author
5

Had me from the hop! Jazzy, poppy, post steely dan yacht rocky. Good vibes all around.

👍
View Author
5

10

👍
View Author
5

What did you expect? 10

👍
View Author
5

10. Considered a 9, because Donald Fagen really is only half the man Steely Dan is

👍
View Author
5

I really dug this, it sounds amazing and the songs have just the right amount of cheese to balance out how smooth they are

👍
View Author
5

So chill! Great lyrics! 9/10 for the vibes, would want to relisten for a better appreciation

👍
View Author
5

this is a really great album, theres a couple tracks i don't like as much that make it 9/10

👍
View Author
5

Love this!

👍
View Author
5

The Nightfly and I go a long way together! I remember it from when it was first introduced in Ad Pop by Ehud Manor as a new album. Love it, and regularly listen to it.

👍
View Author
5

Me ha encantado!!

👍
View Author
5

Great little jam

👍
View Author
5

Amazing album, love the vibes

👍
View Author
5

The style...the musicianship...the vocals...immaculate. Wondering why this is not on my iPod already.

👍
View Author
5

Beautiful sound. Upbeat yet mellow jazzy sound.

👍
View Author
5

Real gem this one. Never listened to any Steely Dan, but this solo album was smooth, catchy, full of jazzy tunes and beautiful Rhodes sounds. Really loved it.

👍
View Author
5

Five Stars Standouts: IGY, The Nightfly, New Frontier, Maxine, Green Flower Street

👍
View Author
5

I absolutely LOVE this album. It's Steely Dan-esque with a kinda Frank Zappa vibe?

👍
View Author
5

Opening notes - I knew it was going to be great. Smooth, melodic, lyrically wonderful from end-to-end.

👍
View Author
5

Una locura este disco. LOCURA.

👍
View Author
5

Oh yeah. Funky, smooth, slick...great rhythm, great piano. This is my jam.

👍
View Author
5

One of my favorites. 5/5 I love every song. The extended version has a couple of extras that were included on soundtrack albums (Heavy Metal and Bright Lights Big City).

👍
View Author
5

Fell in love with this album when I got it back in 1982. I loved the sound of the song, IGY and quickly the rest of this album became a classic to me. I am grateful that the extended version contains True Companion from Heavy Metal (Soundtrack) and Century's End from the Bright Lights, Big City Soundtrack were included. I really think these two songs complete the album quite well. This is a rare 5/5 from me.

👍
View Author
4

I admittedly don't like jazz, but the jazz influence on this album is sick. It also reminds me of Christmas music, a little bit. I think this one is kind of awesome, not something I'd listen to all the time but I'm gonna save it on Spotify for Christmas vibes. Omg, also a little Vulfpeck-ish! Another surprising four star album!!

👍
View Author
4

Funky shit

👍
View Author
4

IGY is great! Very smooth album!

👍
View Author
4

surprisingly great pop jazz, not a huge fan of the more jazz oriented songs but overall great sound

👍
View Author
4

Nostalgia trip

👍
View Author
4

Big Steely Dan fan. I feel like this is a very natural extension of that sound with alot of the same players. Although I love the character perspectives in Steely Dan songs it is nice to hear something a little more personal.

👍
View Author
4

Enjoyable. Very different from anything I've heard before.

👍
View Author
4

Lo disfruté y tiene ritmos muy pegajosos (¿beats?). La voz muy bien y puse poca atención a las letras, aunque sí escuché eso de "Mexico City" jaja. Me parece un álbum animado y que te pone feliz, en un humor medio bailador, pero tranquilo, a gusto, chill que se diría. La canción que abre me parece muy bien colocada al principio. Mis favs: "Green Flower Street", "New Frontier" y "The Goodbye Look". 8.5/10

👍
View Author
4

Good vibes

👍
View Author
4

Pretty good

👍
View Author
4

really nice tunes

👍
View Author
4

A lovely album to listen to in the sunshine. A cultured performance akin to Deco in his pomp.

👍
View Author
4

Donald Fagen once took a golden shower on my belly and some of it ricocheted into my mouth. Yummy.

👍
View Author
4

Música siempre agradable de oir

👍
View Author
4

Couple of tracks were definitely familiar, I had not heard the rest and dang if it isn't a fine album. Steely Dan-ish, of course.

👍
View Author
4

Ok this first song.... spicy I like this album omg Favorites: I.G.Y Ruby Baby Maxine The Nightfly The Goodbye Look

👍
View Author
4

Obviously similar to Steely Dan, thick harmonic lines, great arrangements.

👍
View Author
4

Had some jazz club vibes to it and made me miss going out to nice bars. The music itself was catchy but the lyrics less so.

👍
View Author
4

Another steely Dan record

👍
View Author
4

80's synth pop/jazz pop(?). Good nighttime cooking/chilling album I'd say. Kind of funky as well.

👍
View Author
4

Chill vibes, nice for a calm evening

👍
View Author
4

I never realized that Donald Fagen was the Steely Dan guy... wild. Recognize the 1st song, reminds me of when I was a kid. 70's groove songs.

👍
View Author
4

I'm a big Steely Dan but had never listened to any of Donald's solo stuff, so I was curious what this was sound like. Overall, it was quite pleasing - "I.G.Y" and "The Nightfly" offered a lot of those same great Steely vibes. "Ruby Baby" was kind of annoying, but I can overlook that.

👍
View Author
4

Never get tired of listening to the musical genius of Donald Fagen - very fresh sounding all these years later!

👍
View Author
4

I've heard several tracks from Steely Dan, and I knew enough to recognize Donald Fagen's name as a part of the band. As I listened, I would have thought that this album was from Steely Dan, if I hadn't seen the name of the artist. "I.G.Y." sounded familiar to me, and is a track that I'd probably play again. I'm not sure if I'm familiar with "New Frontier" or if the track just sounds like Donald Fagen's work. I'm not a particular fan of Fagen, but I think I enjoyed this listen. Some albums BARELY squeak into the 3 category. I think this one squeaked into a 4.

👍
View Author
4

I happen to love Steely Dan -- such incredible musicianship, craft, humor, and mind-blowing playing (man, the people they brought in...wow) -- so I also had a couple Donald Fagen albums in my collection at one time, including this one. I think it's great. I think he's a hell of a songwriter, love his dry humor, and even though I don't usually like too much organ playing in songs, it's fine here. Always loved the cover art on this one, too.

👍
View Author
4

pretty sure persona 5 stole concepts from this album And mario sunshine??

👍
View Author
4

Yacht rock

👍
View Author
4

Very cool stuff. An audiophile’s dream.

👍
View Author
4

Pretty good

👍
View Author
4

From note one you know this dude was Steely Dan. Hell of a song writer. Hell of a musician.

👍
View Author
4

Den poppede udgave af Steeæu Dan. Fedt solo album med lækker lækker lyd. Et genlyt værd

👍
View Author
4

Always loved this album.

👍
View Author
4

The fact that I have Steely Dan's Black Cow stuck in my head after listening to this says that this is not substantially different from a Steely Dan album. That's not a bad thing, as I love Steely Dan. It does make me wonder a bit what Walter Becker brought to the table. I liked this a lot, glad I listened to it. 4 stars.

👍
View Author
4

groovy

👍
View Author
4

Странноватая музыка

👍
View Author
4

I love this album, but it is definitely not something you have to hear before you die. Super smooth.

👍
View Author
4

Jazz-pop-rock. Me ha gustado.

👍
View Author
4

Lovely easy listening

👍
View Author
4

Steely Dan legend

👍
View Author
4

I confess to hating this album (or at least the singles from it that I heard) upon its release as it fit neither the classic rock mode I was growing out of (but still enjoying and respecting) and the new wave/alt direction I was heading into for college and beyond. Full appreciation for Steely Dan was still quite a few years off, though they were vaguely on the radar, from summer hits heard at the swimming pool. Their breaking up just as I was entering high school didn’t help, but obviously the music is more sophisticated than I could process at the time. I remember hearing about the high-tech recording approach and thinking “yeah, but the music is still lame and wimpy.” I would have guessed the release date of this was later. I can definitely remember hating the annoying, repetitive synths and his strainy-thin-voiced vocal, but now I get their mellowness and love the shapely, unhurried guitar solos over them (“New Frontier”) and the phrasing and dry-martini vocal tone seem one-of-a-kind. The overall mood of this record is just totally up my alley on a snowy Friday afternoon nearly 40 years on. Not only does it hold up well, it’s somehow got a lot better.

👍
View Author
4

Don Fagan, of Steely Dan fame, cutting tracks on his own. The recording style is T I G H T. I.G.Y feels meticulously crafted, with not a beat out of place. This album is very best of this style of sound. There is something so perfect about it, it feels stripped of its spontaneity.

👍
View Author
4

Not bad at all

👍
View Author
4

Liked the album and the hits. Smoooth!

👍
View Author
4

Incomparable! This is such a classic. Love it!

👍
View Author
4

Jazz-pop-rock. Me ha gustado.

👍
View Author
4

Muito bom.

👍
View Author
4

I love Steely Dan so why wouldn't I like this? A couple of big hits surrounded by effortlessly smooth and well produced tracks. All together great for relaxing and pondering intelligent lyrics. I was into the Jam and New order at the time but now I'm older this appeals to my older bones.......it's upbeat but sooooooothing.

👍
View Author
4

Had no idea who this was until he started singing, then I realized he's one half of Steely Dan. A tight set of jazzy numbers, very lively. The almost bossa nova of "The Goodbye Look" is a little jarring. A little yuppie-ish, though I think I'll have the melody from "I.G.Y." stuck in my head for a while. Favorite tracks: "I.G.Y.", "New Frontier"

👍
View Author
3

This was a pleasant listen. Not what I expected but I still enjoyed it - 3.5

👍
View Author
3

Real smooth, solid listen

👍
View Author
3

Good old Donald Fagen. Some good stuff here, sounds a lot like Steely Dan of course

👍
View Author
3

La música de este disco está agradable: rock-pop de los 80's con toques de Jazz, lo cual es notable en algunas canciones más que en otras. No soy particularmente fan del rock-pop de los 80's, y tampoco del jazz, pero lo volvería a escuchar sin problema y guardé la canción de "Green Flower Street", por eso es que dejo la calificación en tres. Dejando de lado la parte musical, la historia este disco me pareció muy interesante. Para aquellos que no hayan leído la historia, este fue de los primeros discos en tener un master 100% digital, utilizando algo llamado '1978 3M digital audio mastering system', es decir, una grabadora multitrack digital del tamaño de un congelador. Si hay algo por lo que este disco merezca ser recordado, sin duda es eso.

👍
View Author
3

Kind of jazzy 80's music

👍
View Author
3

bem anos 80 the police tendo um filho com phil collins

👍
View Author
3

its alright

👍
View Author
3

This was pretty cool actually

👍
View Author
3

some great sounds by Donal Fagen here. jazz vibes and interesting lyrics. 3.4/5 for me

👍
View Author
3

Bon jazz pop. On reconnait steely dan 3*

👍
View Author
3

Måtte google Donald Fagen. Ikke rart siden jeg ikke akkurat er noen Steely Dan-fan heller. Skikkelige 80 tallsvibes. Kan jo være artig det, men ble litt slitsomt i lengden.

👍
View Author
3

Vähän rennompaa menoa vaihteeksi. Ei ehkä ihan lounge musaa, mutta jotain siihen suuntaan. Ruby Baby jäi mieleen. Ihan okei, mutta ei aiheuttanut suurempia riemunkiljahduksia.

👍
View Author
3

Silky smooth and easy on the ear (eye) if a bit saccharine and meh at times. Kai Havertz.

👍
View Author
3

It's hard not to compare this to Steely Dan which isn't fair. Good luck if your first LP has to look good compared to Aja. For the first solo album to really be a home run it should validate why you needed to leave. The music fan should see something really different in the sound (like Sting's first solo album added many instruments and a completely different sound) or should understand that you wanted to write songs that would have been out of the old band's capabilities / comfort zone (I can't imagine Roger Daltrey singing songs about Ecclesiastes in Empty Glass or I am an Animal). This album sounds like SD w/o Becker. To be sure, it's quite good but imo Fagen missed an opportunity to tap his potential in a ground breaking way - like he did with SD when they fused jazz and R&R . (Perhaps he did this lyrically and I missed it.) I'm stuck comparing this to Aja.

👍
View Author
3

Me sonó un poco cñores románticos. Ok el sax

👍
View Author
3

The Nightfly is lush and shimmering, produced with cinematic flair by Gary Katz; romanticized but never sentimental, the songs are slices of suburbanite soap opera, tales of space-age hopes (the hit "I.G.Y.") and Cold War fears (the wonderful "The New Frontier," a memoir of fallout-shelter love) crafted with impeccable style and sophistication.

👍
View Author
3

War bestimmt in den 80er Jahren wahnsinnig cool. Musikalische Ansätze Vorhanden

👍
View Author
3

Had some hits and misses, decent album for the most part with some songs rating higher than others.

👍
View Author
3

Oh, el bass line, qué maravilla.

👍
View Author
3

3.8 not bad but also not quite there yet

👍
View Author
3

Of its time

👍
View Author
3

On first listen - music to be heard in elevators and whilst on hold. After listening again I am beginning to see the appeal. Still, it's too smooth and overproduced for me.

👍
View Author
3

So. Very. 80's. The fact that this came out in 82 and is so full of the sounds that defined the decade suggests a sense of prescience. The saxophone alone locks this record in time. The jazzy vocals and drums, aligned with the pop rock rhythms scream "easy listening" and "background music" in 2021. Nothing here really feels especially interesting in a modern context. I.G.Y. may be the only song that has had a broader appeal in a way that I've heard it out in the wild. However, the sound has become cliche enough for the decade that I don't know that this is a record of extreme importance. The Nightfly is where it feels like this album actually opens up. The rest of the songs are soft, subtle, and easy to hear. While The Nightly is certainly all that as well, it takes a rounder dimension and seems to fill out a bit more.

👍
View Author
3

tämä on aight

👍
View Author
3

Standards para audição única.

👍
View Author
3

Well…. I really tried on this one. There’s only a few songs on the album and I literally listened to it 3 times today. I’ll try and give it another listen tomorrow but I just can’t seem to gel with this album. I know this is good music but I can't see me heading back to this album in a hurry.

👍
View Author
3

Perfectly average. Good morning album, but that’s about it.

👍
View Author
3

A bit too 80's but otherwise solid

👍
View Author
3

Jazz rock que segueix la ruta dels últims àlbums d'Steely Dan, tot i que jo crec que sense la solvència que en aquells es mostrava. Un disc duret, on costa entrar, i que no sempre està a l'alçada de les expectatives

👍
View Author
3

Completely new to me. Might be more to it on repeat listens, and I enjoyed it enough that I will give that a go, but seemed more “blandly pleasant” than “essential”?

👍
View Author
3

Agradable.

👍
View Author
3

Mix of old skat style with 80s synth and piano

👍
View Author
3

3.5, extremely enjoyable

👍
View Author
3

Very chill laid back style but it brought back memories of that time.

👍
View Author
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: The gash

👍
View Author
3

Alright, very 80's American soul wallpaper.

👍
View Author
3

Pop tranquilo. No destacando especialmente

👍
View Author
3

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, in a kind of ironic cheesy nostalgic 80s vibe.

👍
View Author
3

I always used to think this wasn't as good as any of the Steely Dan albums owing to its absence of extremely tasteful guitar playing. I like it more these days (and picked it up cheap on vinyl in Tokyo) but it still doesn't have enough guitars. (3.5 stars)

👍
View Author
3

At night I fly by albums like these

👍
View Author
3

Prefs: I.G.Y., New Frontier, The Goodbye Look Moins pref: Ruby Baby

👍
View Author
3

Slick pop. 6/10

👍
View Author
3

Bouncy, inoffensive pop, just not quick got the hook to be catchy

👍
View Author
3

Better than Steely Dan

👍
View Author
3

Alez wylosowalo zagadke, pierwszy solowy krazek pana Fagena, ktorego zna sie glownie z duetu steely danowego, plyta z 82, wiec rok po pierwszym rozejsciu sie w rozne strony bandy, wiec muzycznie przypomina to tworczosc grupowa, zwlaszcza ze wzgledu na to, ze wiekszosc muzykow zangazowanych w projekt the nighfly byla juz slyszana na poprzednich materialach danowych, wiec pomimo tego, ze sluchalem pierwszy raz odczuwalem lekkie deja vu, ktore sa tylko potegowane przez Fagenowe wokale, nie zabraklo takze doszlifowania, bo album ma 38 minut, a nagrania trwaly 8 miesiecy, wiec tutaj rowniez po staremu, wiec czemu nie oczarowala tak samo jak starsze wydania steely dana, zaznaczam starsze, bo reunionowe juz nie brzmia tak samo jak te z lat 70, o ile o tamtych reunionowych myslalem, ze brzmia jak taki zdziadzialy kombak z tym samym brzmieniem 20 lat pozniej, tak lirycznie to zdziadzienie juz slychac na nightflyu, ktory poza openingowym I.G.Y nie ma w sobie czegos do zapamietania, niby koncept calego krazka jako powrotu do czasow mlodosci i sielankowego zycia hamerykanskiego w cieniu zimnej wojny brzmi calkiem ciekawie, ale jego przelozenie na album nudzi, bo ilez mozna sluchac o pieknych dziewczynach w schronach i radiowcach puszczajacych jazzy po nocach, wiec nie ma tutaj typowej dla duetu aronii i przegranych opowiesci, jak teraz slucham to nawet same melodie wydaja sie byc o wiele bardziej popowo jazzowe, odchodzace od rokowo gitarowych brzmien, ktore wnosil Becker, bo The Nightfly jest wyprodukowany przez pana odpowiedzialnego za reszte dyskografii duetu, pana Katza, wiec nawet tutaj roznic nie widac, chyba ze wziac pod uwage, ze jest to jeden z pierwszych w pelni digitalowo masterowanych albumow, co pewnie tez mialo jakis wplyw na finalne brzmienie przy takim dazeniu do perfekcji dzwieku jakie Fagen zawsze idealizowal, zatem dowiedzialem sie, ze ten duet dzialal dobrze za sprawa obu panow i nikt tu nikogo nie prowadzil za nos, na plejke leci openingowy I.G.Y

👍
View Author
3

Agradable.

👍
View Author
3

Ah miten miellyttävä jazzahtava poppis-avausraita! Sen sijaan ainakin Ruby Baby aika itseään toistava. Sanoisin 3/5, vähän epätasainen kokonaisuus.

👍
View Author
3

Not really for me but I get it.

👍
View Author
2

Ganska trött avslagen jazz-pop från Steely Dan-snubben. Ungefär 1/5 så bra som omslaget.

👍
View Author
2

Sounded like elevator music for boomers.

👍
View Author
2

Olipas hajuton ja mauton levy. Easylistening-höttöä ilman mitään mieleen jäävää. Ruotsinlaivalla tämä menisi taustamusiikkina.

👍
View Author
2

Like Steely Dan without the interesting songwriting. Oh boy. There were some good moments, so it's not a 1, but I was not thrilled overall.

👍
View Author
2

Honestly couldn't get through it all. Not something I HATE but absolutely not my jam.

👍
View Author
2

Not good

👍
View Author
2

¿Sólo me pasó a mi o algunas canciones se escuchan más bajitas que otras? ¿Es culpa de Spotify? En fin, los 80s se notan a más no poder: "Tengo dinero y te lo puedo dar, Maxine", "Estudiar fuera, que gran momento de estar vivo", "Violencia por todos lados". Básicamente es como hoy, pero en ese momento se veía como un gran prospecto de mundo. La música es lo más rescatable, entre 80era y jazz muy suave. Creo que ahí radica el problema, no suena mal. Suena agradable, como música de fondo (Excepto la canción que le da nombre al disco, me pareció terrible). Son canciones para un señor americano de 40 años, 2 niños, vive en los suburbios, etc. 1.5 estrellas que voy a dejar en 2 porque realmente no lo odié, pero me parece completamente olvidable.

👍
View Author
2

0:05 - Hmmm no esperaba ese sonido teclado ochentero por la portada 0:30 - Hmmm rock pop jazzeado... me recuerda a Steely Dan 2:12 - Que bien producido y nivelado está todo... todo se oye impecable... hmm si la voz suena hasta parecida supongo fue una manera muy de moda de cantar 5:10 - Pinche canción larga... bueno y a todo esto ¿qué hay de este disco? /Wikipedia... No... Noooo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Un disco más de Steely Dan, ahora solo con medio Steely Dan. No hay diferencia alguna realmente, tiene los mismos pros que mencioné en Pretzel Logic; producción muy buena, excelente mezcla, una combinación de ritmos en manera que usualmente no se hace (aunque era mucho más novedosa en el otro disco, 8 años antes... quizá para estas fechas era ya mucho menos apantallante) y un resultado de música de studio con una calidad inmejorable y tremendamente aburridaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... es ABURRIDISIMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. No creo que pueda decir mucho más que no hubiera mencionado ya en Steely Dan. Lo único que puedo agregar es que en esta ocasión las letras me parecen ligeramente mejores, en algunos casos llegan a ser bastante buenas en cuanto al humor medio negro y crítica que pueden hacer... lástima del pareo de flojera con esa música que llevan.

👍
View Author
2

The first song IGY is pleasant enough, Steely Dan lite. But I wasn't engaged for the rest of the album because all the songs sounded the same to me.

👍
View Author
2

3.5

👍
View Author
2

It's hard to believe that in a few short years I went from hunting down all Steeleye Dan albums to being unaware that Donald Fagen had put out a solo album. I guess my musical landscape had changed & artists like the Talking Heads & The B52s were occupying my time. This sounds like a more pop-oriented Steeleye Dan, as could be expected since the producer and many musicians are the same, save Walter Becker. The arrangements are similar but with less edge, and the lyrics don't seem as clever, though I didn't do a deep dive. It's like Steeleye Dan lite. The Ruby Baby cover is a low point, IMO.

👍
View Author
2

2.2 - Cringey white soul of the late 70s/early 80s.

👍
View Author
2

Really interesting to read about this album being one of the first digitally-recorded albums and also the legacy in terms of how it resonates with audiophiles and sound engineers. Not totally my vibe, but enjoyed it. 5/10 ⚽ Euro player: Xabi Alonso. Wouldn't top your list of best players of all time, but is highly technically proficient and admired by his peers.

👍
View Author
2

I know absolutely nothing about Donald Fagen and knowing nothing about Donald Fagen, I am struggling to put this album into context. Is it meant to be taken seriously or was it meant as a tongue-in-cheek pastiche? I mean look at that album cover! Either way, it is pretty poor.

👍
View Author
2

Where the fuck are they finding these albums? (I know it's from that book). Robert Plant's favourite from this is Ruby Baby. He likes fucking babies...even ruby ones.

👍
View Author
2

Whilst I found these tracks groovy with a good amount of soul & funk, none of them left a noticeable impression on me. Perhaps I’m hard to please but I find so many albums I’ve rated like this one, to be the same level of non offensiveness background music. I went back a few times to listen again & make sure I’m not missing something...I wasn’t. I’m not excited by anything here and certainly nowhere near the point of ordering a copy online for myself. 2 Stars!

👍
View Author
2

boring, background tunes. don't like Toast to Freedom

👍
View Author
2

Pretty bad ngl 2/5

👍
View Author
2

Lite jazz dusted pop with none of the free flowing “where next?” of jazz, and none of the emotive oomph of pop. To be fair, two bits did jump out to me - the chorus of the title track (though I can’t now remember how it went), and the song about going between(?) the raindrops - that latter seemed like a pleasant memory, reconstituted into music. Anyway, what I’m saying is, it wasn’t for me.

👍
View Author
2

I just couldn’t get on board with this. As it started I thought, “oh this has a deliciously 80s synth sound to it” but as it moved along at a snails pace there was nothing more to whet the appetite. The chorus hooks, regularly displaying that dissonant held note that is so unpleasant to the ears. This album is just so 80s. And I mean that pejoratively.

👍
View Author
2

Lesser than steely dan

👍
View Author
2

Not really my thing. I liked "The Goodbye Look", but pretty bland imo otherwise

👍
View Author
2

Ok but songs are too long

👍
View Author
2

This sounds like a collection of tunes that you'd find programmed into a Casio keyboard. Or like a sampler CD you'd get with a copy of windows 3.1.

👍
View Author
2

I like donald fagen but it felt a bit samey. no real "wow" moment.

👍
View Author
2

It was smooth sailing.

👍
View Author
2

Slow and calm, but not in a good way. 1RS

👍
View Author
2

Sounds like late 70s/early 80s porn music. Not up my strasse.

👍
View Author
2

Fagan promised me 90 minutes from New York to Paris, and I've never quite forgiven him. My main feeling is disappointment, since I've always heard such amazing things about Fagan's solo debut (something about it being an audiophile's wet dream), and I'm a Steely Dan Stan (I may give as many as 3 of their albums 5's when they show up here). A suitable comparison would involve the solo output from Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Some of it's good, but it sure as hell isn't the Beatles. There are echoes of the Dan here, but it veers more in the dreaded Yacht Rock direction Steely Dan avoided for the most part. This leans a little too much in the Christopher Cross direction for my taste. It turns out Donald Fagan needed Walter Becker, because this thing for the most part is a snooze.

👍
View Author
2

Just not my bad at all

👍
View Author
2

Not sure it's that different from many other albums / artists in this genre.

👍
View Author
2

Quite dull.

👍
View Author
2

I don't know what this album is. It is early 80s but not full blown 80s music. It has hints of disco and jazz. I did not care for it.

👍
View Author
2

I really wanted to like this. I really did, but I didn’t. It just kept hitting like a guy trying really hard to copy too many one hit wonder R and B singers from the era. It came off as cheap and whiny and something my childhood dentist would have played in the waiting room. No bueno

👍
View Author
2

Meh

👍
View Author
2

Steely Dan is a 5, so it makes sense that half of Steely Dan is a 2.5. Nothing at all memorable on this album. In fact, I was a little bored. I tried to give it a chance, but there is nothing on this album I'd ever care to hear again. Not offensive or bad, just forgetful. Donald definitely needed Walter Becker.

👍
View Author
2

Fine. Forgettable.

👍
View Author
2

2/5 not particularly interesting.

👍
View Author
2

I'm not on enough coke for this.

👍
View Author
2

Great sound but music I don't appreciate

👍
View Author
2

At first this is a somewhat fresh take for the 80s, still reveling in horribly-dated synths but keeping things scaled back production-wise as opposed to an all-out assault on the ears. Even this quirk isn’t enough to save the album from droll repetition, though, as crooning can only get you so far when all the backing tracks sound the same.

👍
View Author
2

10th March 2022 Listened in the office before heading down to Peckham to watch the Batman with Gareth. Not for me, saw it described as yacht rock which is perfect. And everything that goes with it.

👍
View Author
2

Meni jotenkin huomaamatta ohi kuunnellessa. Ei häirinnyt, mut eipä paljoon kerrottavaakaan jäänyt

👍
View Author
2

Saattais tällekin levylle olla joku paremmin toimiva hetki, mutta torstai toimistolla jätti kylmäksi. Ei silti mitään megapaskaa vaikka kultainen keskiluokka jää saavuttamatta.

👍
View Author
2

I was initially excited for some jazzy pop, but unfortunately it’s not the good jazzy. It’s the bad 80s smooth jazzy. Pass

👍
View Author
2

Just too clever clogs for me. I know it is not peak jazz-bo Steely Dan, but it is pretty clever clogs, and very smooth and polished and just not a thing for me. I don;t really get the obsession with Steely Dan, and understand the inclusion of this solo album on the 1001 list even less. This seems like completely inessential listening. More power to ya, if this floats your boat, but I don't know why _I_ have to listen to it.

👍
View Author
2

Tää oli lähinnä keskinkertainen/huono Steely Dan -levy. Eka biisi ainoa, joka jäi mieleen.

👍
View Author
2

Ei kyl oikein lähde… kauttaaltaan jotenkin löysä olematta erityisen kiinnostava. 2/5

👍
View Author
1

Tan ochentero, tan pianito electrico Casio y voces en coro y guitarra limpia. De plano no me causó emoción alguna. Por la sugerencia de Víctor leí un poco de la historia y ok, de lo primerito en el mundo grabado de manera totalmente digital y no niego que le da una calidad muy muy grande a nivel producción: se puede oír cada aburrido isntrumento y cada detalle. La portada me hacía esperar un tanto cuanto más, pero luego leí el origen del serñor Fagen y pues ya sabía a dónde iba esto.

👍
View Author
1

Nah

👍
View Author
1

Barf

👍
View Author
1

Couldn't even get through 1 song

👍
View Author
1

Halvslapp pop-jazz fra 80-tallet?

👍
View Author
1

Next.

👍
View Author
1

This has no right to be here. Andy Sinton

👍
View Author
1

No mamen esto es peor que la música de Loca Academia de Policía. Qué clase de basura reaccionaria es esta. Me reí mucho escuchando esto, los arreglos son ridículos, suena de la shit. Lo vi mentado tantas veces en muchos lados, y por la portada pensaba que era new wave o algo así. Pero no. Otra selección que no entiendo porque está aquí. Bueno sí lo entiendo, por el culto a esa infame banda, Steely Dan. Ojalá no salga Steely Dan pronto. Lo pondría cero estrellas pero no se puede.

👍
View Author
1

I had never heard of this album, which was weird given its release date and popularity. I like Steely Dan, and the album cover was even cool, so I was interested to listen. Unfortunately it really just sounded like generic "classic rock bandleader goes solo" in the vein of Michael McDonald. It was really forgettable and had no standout tracks.

👍
View Author
1

Easy listening but not particularly my thing

👍
View Author
1

What a load of nosh. My doll hand has more power in it than this

👍
View Author
1

Couldn’t finish it. Absolute tripe.

👍
View Author
1

Issa pooper.

👍
View Author
1

Competent at what it does, only what it does is tacky synth-pop-‘jazz’. I’ve never heard the name Donald Fagen before, but I’ve heard many of these songs before, on the intercom at CVS. HARD pass.

👍
View Author
1

What the actual? Cruise ship band

👍
View Author
1

Muzak indeed. Waste of time.

👍
View Author
1

PUuukyyy schmaltz for middle aged white people. Seriously what the hell!?

👍
View Author
1

it sucks

👍
View Author
1

Devoid of anything if interest. Ruby baby was sheer agony. At some point there was a cow bell keeping beat. 38 minutes was too much. I never ever want to experience this again.

👍
View Author
1

No idea why it's an album to listen to before you die

👍
View Author
1

Synthetic sounds, plastic production, and wooden writing. Nobody needs this album. There's nothing remarkable to experience here.

👍
View Author
1

Combining my least favorite things in music: Steely Dan and smooth Jazz. I know my biases are personal, so I'll rate this as to its being on this list which is 3/5. Yeah, never mind. I tried to be fair. This is just shit. Music isn't supposed to make you hostile. 1.5/5.

👍
View Author
1

3 songs. I made it 3 songs. It was like having nails driven into my skull. What sadistic monster put this album on the list?

👍
View Author

Very nice

👍