Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Steely Dan - Two Against Nature (2000)


NUMBERS WEEK (MARCH 14-20, 2011)

After a 20 year wait, we Steely Dan fans were treated to a new album in 2000. The good news is that this sounds like any other Steely Dan album (especially Aja and Gaucho). They didn't try to update their sound or throw new production tricks at the arrangements. They work within their own fusion-pop sound. That's good, because a failure after 20 years would really hurt the band's legacy. You'd think the critics would lambast the band's lack of musical growth, but most seemed to like the album. Metacritic gives it a 77/100. The CD won the 2001 Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #6 (March 8, 2000)

Tracks: I'm a fan, so I think it's all good and gets better with each listen. Curiously, the title track isn't in 2, but 6/4 (4+2). My favortie tracks include Gaslighting Abbie, Cousin Dupree, and Almost Gothic.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I remember buying this CD the day it was released and calling friends over to the house for a listening party. I realize that's pretty geeky, but I've already confessed to being a Steely Dan fan, so "geek" is understood.

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