Steely Dan: Two Against Nature
Becker plays nearly all the lead guitar, which is a switch. He’s masterful with brief, tasty fills, but leaves one hungering for Larry Carlton or Steve Khan. On the other hand, Chris Potter blows substantial tenor on "Gaslighting Abbie" and "West of Hollywood," and his alto spot on "Janie Runaway" nearly redeems the song. Vinnie Colaiuta plays drums on the odd-but-good "Negative Girl." Trumpeter Michael Leonhart and vibraphonist Dave Schenk squeeze highly effective eight-bar solos into "Almost Gothic" and "Negative Girl," respectively. And studio guitar wizards Hugh McCracken and Dean Parks rear their heads on a track apiece.
By the standards of their previous work, Two Against Nature isn’t a great Steely Dan album. But as long as they’ve still got the urge, more power to them.
Record Label: Warner Bros.