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. The most surprising thing about the album is that it sounds exactly like classic Steely Dan, but without feeling dated.
  2. 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.
  3. Their ensemble sound remains sharp and inimitable.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. They've produced a demanding slice of music, brilliantly out of sync in an age of quick fixes and plummeting attention spans.
  7. What makes Two Against Nature work isn't its cerebral ellipticity but its stunning musical clarity.
  8. Two Against Nature marks a timely return of two chilly, heartless hipsters.
  9. 70
    Unfortunately, timelessness does not always equate with flawlessness.... it is all a little too pristine and sanitized for someone's protection...
  10. 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.
  11. Familiar-sounding as these songs may be, they function as well as any blend of jazz and rock...
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. May 10, 2017
    3
    The quality is generally there as you'd expect, but it's highly overrated (mostly by pretentious Dan groupies). It sounds like a Donald F (IThe quality is generally there as you'd expect, but it's highly overrated (mostly by pretentious Dan groupies). It sounds like a Donald F (I couldn't just say his last name as his last name gets blanked out as if it was a swear word here....brilliant......well wait, maybe it's merited here) solo album, not a Dan album (in a weak Kamakiriad way, not a good Nightfly way). Flat and uninspired. We waited 20 yrs.......for this? ugh. I've listened and been a huge fan from Day 1, but on the whole, this was incredibly disappointing. Full Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »