Wednesday, February 27, 2008
No. 385: Pretzel Logic
Band: Steely Dan
Album: Pretzel Logic
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: Maybe the band's best album, "Pretzel Logic" is often Steely Dan's most challenging, working odd time signatures, syncopation and complex vocal takes.
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: I can't speak to the greatness of Steely Dan like others can, but I'm happy with this ranking.
Best song: The first four tracks on this album are un-fucking-stoppable. "Any Major Dude Will Tell You," particularly, is great.
Worst song: I'm not in love with "Charlie Freak."
Is it awesome?: Sure.
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter was an original member of Steely Dan. This is what he looks like:
Anyway, he was also in the Doobie Brothers and is something of an accomplished musician. Or he was.
Apparently, because of his love of studio technology and recording equipment, he fell into the missile defense industry. He's currently a consultant and chairs a Congressional Advisory Board on missile defense. More information is found here and here.
Outside of that, I can't speak to this album much. However, I do know that one particular reader is quite a fan of Steely Dan (and I forgot to ask him to help provide some insight), so, Kelly, take it away in the comments.