Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill / 1972

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Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were remarkable craftsmen from the start, as Steely Dan‘s debut, Can’t Buy a Thrill, illustrates. Each song is tightly constructed, with interlocking chords and gracefully interwoven melodies, buoyed by clever, cryptic lyrics.

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“Dirty Work” (featuring short-lived, nominal lead singer David Palmer) offers a decidedly adult vignette of adultery. There isn’t a weak track here, astonishing, considering how much growth future Dan albums would display.

 

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