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NTW - Donald Fagen

6/13/2014

Donald Fagen, "Sunken Condos"
Our rating: 
Nobody picks up a Fagen solo album in 2012 expecting surprises -- and this one won't change that. Propelled by the smooth jazz-pop grooves and virtuoso performances Steely Dan fans expect, "Sunken Condos" glides through nine new originals. Alas, the cracks about getting on in years have started to come off as bitter rather than tart, while tunes that might benefit from some healthy sarcasm ("I'm Not the Same Without You") fall flat without it. And while Dan flirted with disco successfully on "Peg," the questionable "Out of the Ghetto," with its embarrassing vocal mannerisms, comes off like a Jamiroquai reject. - K.B.R. 

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