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  • Summary: What sounds like a Steely Dan clearance sale is actually the veteran duo's first album of new material since their 2000 comeback effort 'Two Against Nature.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. It's a record to get lost in, one that constantly surprises with its apparently infinite number of hidden harmonies and wry asides.
  2. 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]
  3. Fagen and Becker perfected their airless craftsmanship years ago, and it works as well now as ever.
  4. Everything Must Go is another great Steely Dan album, a hardy inclusion to their splendid canon.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Everything Must Go is a profound disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Jun 30, 2013
    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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