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Morph the Cat

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Final Piece of the Treasure

    The title and matching song appears to be a subtle homage to Carl Sandburg's "Fog." Once again Donald Fagen invites us to peek at a cast of quirky characters through his clever lyrics. A prime example is "Security Joan" who really knows how to work overtime! The recording has many of the terrific touring and studio musicians that perform with Steely Dan, his band with partner, Walter Becker. The tight group of bandmates keep the sophisticated, smooth, funky, jazz, and rock grooves intact for his solo and Steely Dan fans. "What I Do" expresses Ray Charles' probable candor if asked about his prowess with the ladies. A nice tribue to the late Mr. Charles. Mr. Fagen's solo trilogy is a wonderful set to own. Don't leave any of the three out. I love this "cat" from NYC!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weakest of his three solo albums...but still good!

    If you don't own "Night fly" or "Kamakiriad" then get them first. If you liked those albums you'll like this one. The first two are stronger in comparison but that doesn't mean this album is weak. It's very good. At worst it suffers from "sequel-itis" (i.e. I've heard this before!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Continuing his themes from the Nightfly (1982) Fagen still mesmerizes listeners two decades later. "H Gang" and "Mona" are each a thing of beauty. The rest of the album is nearly as good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best since Gaucho

    What a return to form. I was really afraid that Donald had fully lost it, as I didn't enjoy Kamakiriad much at all, and the 2 new Dans weren't so great. But this album is just SO good. I love the post-9/11 perspective of the songs, makes it very current (dating it perhaps) and meaningful, as a NYer myself. It also includes the first touching lyric ever from an SD-type song -- ie Great Pagoda of Funn (strange title) which describes a couple whose only protection from the fears of modern life is their love. title tune is very cool, Donald has finally regained his knack for melody, and the jazzy harmonies are in full force. Walter Becker is nowhere to be found, but the guitar solos all evoke deep familiarity with the Dan guitar style

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    1/2 The Dan, But Full On Sound

    Known for that Jazz/Rock sound of the late 60's and 70's Donald Fagen, (half of Steely Dan), whether with his counterpart(Walter Becker),or not, has proven that there's no stopping him when it comes to creating truely great music. It seems he's never lost his touch, yet he manages to keep his sound fresh. 4 1/2 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must For Later Dan Fans!

    This is easily one of the best and cleanest albums I have heard in a while. Although death (or the closeness thereof) is an undelying string through the songs, it seems to keep its distance behind the music. The style of tunes range from jumpy jazz ("Morph The Cat","Brite Nitegown") to underindulged romance (the beautiful and slighly haunting "Greta Pagoda Of Funn") to bluesy intonations ("What I Do"). He channels "Gaucho" for use in "H Gang",which was releaesd as the first single clearly for the fact that is DOES sound Steely Dan-ish.However he saves his best work for "Security Joan" (only DF can make a airport security checkout sound sexy and tittilating) and on the wondrous "The Night Belongs To Mona" (find the 9-11 reference) and the introspcetive "Mary Shut The Garden Door" (an not-so-obvious Republican bash) that was written about the time the convention came to NYC. If you are new to the Dan or any of his solo work, you may get a kick out of this after listening to it 2 or 3 times. For the seasoned vet, this is a nice fit to the trilogy he has been working on for 23 years,fitting somewhere between "The Nightfly" and "Kamakrirad" in a yes-it-goes-just-here location. A Grammy nominee for sure for: Best Album Record Of the Year : Either "Mary" or "Mona" Best Edtitng Best Engineering p.s. if you can get this with the DVD included,by all means do. This disc begs to be played at 5.1 dolby with surround sound.

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