Everything Must Go

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. There's nothing that betrays their high standards of craft, but, on a whole, the songs are neither as hooky nor as resonant as the ones unveiled on its predecessor.
  2. What this is is a collection of subversively jazzy tunes which delights in its own cleverness (lyrical and otherwise), and which probably finds its closest companion -- among previous Steely Dan albums -- in Pretzel Logic.
  3. Uncut
    80
    There's a slight tiredness about the new album. It's too laid back to grab the attention, which must scan closer for clues. [Jul 2003, p.116]
  4. Q Magazine
    60
    A familiar blend of clipped funk, jazz nuances and airy musings. [Jul 2003, p.113]
  5. Mojo
    80
    Their signature tension between black blues gestures adn white boy harmonies has never been more vividly exploited than here. It'll keep you busy for months. [Jun 2003, p.95]
  6. So as with Aja -- the duo's biggest and very nearly emptiest record -- its value ultimately reduces to textured dimensionality and tasty licks.
  7. Fagen and Becker perfected their airless craftsmanship years ago, and it works as well now as ever.
  8. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Offering lyrical nervousness and musical Novocain in equal shots, it's another installment of Chicken Soup for the Materialistic, Mildly Perverse, Apocalypse-Dreading Soul. [13 Jun 2003, p.92]
  9. Blender
    80
    Though their restraint can be alienating, Steely Dan sound hungry, relevant and full of ideas. [#17, p.147]
  10. It's a record to get lost in, one that constantly surprises with its apparently infinite number of hidden harmonies and wry asides.
  11. Plodding jazz-rock tunes that are 30 years old at this point.
  12. Everything Must Go is another great Steely Dan album, a hardy inclusion to their splendid canon.
  13. Everything Must Go is a profound disappointment.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Jun 30, 2013
    10
    Hidden treasure! I just got google stream, and started by roaming my known quantities just to get used to the service. So, there it was,Hidden treasure! I just got google stream, and started by roaming my known quantities just to get used to the service. So, there it was, "Every Thing Must Go", a rather new album by SD. I liked 2N ok, so... let's see.
    First song that really hit me was "What I miss the most", and from thereon, track after track with blue yacht rock, sometimes veering to the bluesy, sometimes to the jazzy, often with a driving beat. Melodies and instruments weaving in and out, over and under, creating beautiful, moody, inscrutable pictures. Ok Steely Dan, please, ONE album per year. You can do it. What is up?
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  2. JulianC.
    Feb 3, 2010
    9
    Some tracks lack a bit of 5th gear and play things too safe but the overall professionalism of the musicianship, songwriting, witty lyrics Some tracks lack a bit of 5th gear and play things too safe but the overall professionalism of the musicianship, songwriting, witty lyrics and classic Steely harmonies make it an enjoyable listen, with some tracks like Things I Miss The Most and Lunch With Gina portraying beautifully simple but effective musical story-telling. Becker and Fagen have still got what it takes. Full Review »
  3. Gord
    Oct 31, 2008
    10
    Brilliant album. How something so rich and textured can also sound so effortless is what makes these guys geniuses.