Morph The Cat - Donald Fagen
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  • Summary: This is the Steely Dan vocalist's first solo disc in over a dozen years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Morph... sounds utterly of a piece with Aja. [Apr 2006, p.104]
  2. Fagen's triumph of rendering post–9-11 New York most recalls how perfectly Steely Dan caught LA on 1980's 'Gaucho.'
  3. More so than on Kamakiriad, or on the tight Everything Must Go, there is a sense of genuine band interplay on this record, which helps give it both consistency and heart -- something appropriate for an album that is Fagen's most personal song cycle since The Nightfly, and quite possibly his best album since then.
  4. Despite the craft in this music--no, because of the craft in this music--most younger fans will run from Morph like it carried the very plague. No question, this album sounds uniform and rather overpleasant--engineered to a sheen of perfection.
  5. 70
    The unhurried, full-retail rock arrangements are splashed with lite-R&B syncopations and snazzy-jazz harmonies. [Apr 2006, p.111]
  6. Contains his catchiest, most immediate compositions in decades.
  7. Morph the Cat is too complacent, too enamored with its own lacquered contours.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Jan 2, 2012
    10
    We all should understand that music is a totally subjective experience as is a "good wine" or a great movie. That being said, I am a bit perplexed that Mack would make such bold statements and references. Steely Dan/Donald **** and Walter Becker have truly evolved. Listen to the sound changes over the years and the past three decades have been more of a polishing of a sound that is proven, secure and dynamic. I may be a huge fan but I also appreciate the depth and soul of what I consider to be one of the most important musical influences since James Brown - "on the one beat - smile! One should comment on what they understand rather than be critical of that which they do not! Expand

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