Picks and Pans Review: Everything Must Go
Steely Dan's last CD, 2000's Two Against Nature, which was the group's first disc of new material in 20 years, launched a major comeback that culminated in an Album of the Year Grammy. The pioneer jazz-rock duo, which consists of Donald Fagen (lead vocals, keyboards) and Walter Becker (bass, guitar and, for the first time, lead vocals on "Slang of Ages"), continues its revival with Everything, a typically cool work that will have you smooth-grooving like it's 1975. While none of these nine tracks will make you forget such classic Steely songs as "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Peg" and "Hey Nineteen," they demonstrate that Fagen and Becker have lost little of their fusionary finesse. They also still display a wry way with a lyric: "I move to dissolve the corporation in a pool of margaritas," on the bluesy title tune.
BOTTOM LINE: Solid Steely