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  • Summary: The duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen return after a 20-year hiatus, with this Grammy-winning comeback album sounding as if they had never left.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Their ensemble sound remains sharp and inimitable.
  2. The music turns Aja's fusion-pop mode jumpier and snappier, sourer and trickier and less soothing--postfunk, whether anyone will admit it or not.
  3. 80
    Sharp, sleek, sophisticated, more going on (jazzy horns, juicy backing vocals, switchblade rock guitar) than a couple of spins can take in and seductive enough to keep drawing you back.
  4. Two Against Nature marks a timely return of two chilly, heartless hipsters.
  5. Familiar-sounding as these songs may be, they function as well as any blend of jazz and rock...
  6. Once more, we're in a world of uptight, high-gloss grooves, wry tales of dirty old men, and, of course, terrifyingly proficient guitar solos.
  7. The lengthy, indistinguishable tracks could pass for a Daniel Lanois-produced collaboration between the Dave Matthews Band and Kenny G.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 9, 2014
    10
    An incredible sounding record with great tracks and no filler. It's the best parts of all their previous output combined. Every Dan album hasAn incredible sounding record with great tracks and no filler. It's the best parts of all their previous output combined. Every Dan album has tracks I love but in this case I love the whole album. Expand
  2. JackaSS
    Jan 4, 2002
    10
    best album
  3. DavidB
    Jul 23, 2002
    10
    Steeley Dan has still got it
  4. KristianT
    Dec 16, 2004
    9
    Its so good to have them back. This is a great album, definatly the best album in 2000. However it isnt as good as their newest release, Its so good to have them back. This is a great album, definatly the best album in 2000. However it isnt as good as their newest release, Everything Must Go. Expand
  5. JohnL
    Jul 24, 2006
    9
    Most of their previous output rates a "10". They were as important an American band as their was in the 70's to be sure. I'd almost Most of their previous output rates a "10". They were as important an American band as their was in the 70's to be sure. I'd almost rate this an 8, but while I don't like it as much as Fagen's "the Nightfly", it is a great one to be sure. Morph the Cat is fine too, whilst the one that followed this is only good. Expand
  6. JonathanH
    Apr 13, 2004
    6
    Not bad, but forgettable

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