Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Two Against Nature marks a timely return of two chilly, heartless hipsters.
  4. The most surprising thing about the album is that it sounds exactly like classic Steely Dan, but without feeling dated.
  5. They've produced a demanding slice of music, brilliantly out of sync in an age of quick fixes and plummeting attention spans.
  6. 80
    Becker and Fagen seem to have found their happy place during the recording of Two Against Nature. And as it's presented on this extremely infectious collection, their joy is contagious.
  7. 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.
  8. Familiar-sounding as these songs may be, they function as well as any blend of jazz and rock...
  9. 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.
  10. What makes Two Against Nature work isn't its cerebral ellipticity but its stunning musical clarity.
  11. 70
    Unfortunately, timelessness does not always equate with flawlessness.... it is all a little too pristine and sanitized for someone's protection...
  12. While Two Against Nature certainly has its moments, it doesn't catch your ear with the crafty songsmith of Steely Dan past.
  13. The lengthy, indistinguishable tracks could pass for a Daniel Lanois-produced collaboration between the Dave Matthews Band and Kenny G.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »