CD Review: Steely Dan


Steely Dan
The Definitive Collection
Geffen/UME
By David Chiu

Unlike the previous Steely Dan compilations, this latest one is more career spanning that it includes two songs from the last two reunion albums.. Fans will bitch that a favorite song or album cut isn’t on here, and that’s not the point. This strictly a single best-of for the more casual fan who is just looking for the meat and potatoes by the enigmatic duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen: “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.” “Peg,” and “Hey Nineteen” for starters. The more recent tracks such as “Cousin Dupree” and “Things I Miss the Most” is a continuation of the jazz pop sound from the Aja and Gaucho albums with the Dan not losing a bit of their sardonic touch.

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