While it didn't reach the heights of the group's '70s glories, Steely Dan's 2000 comeback album, Two Against Nature, struck enough of a nerve with the listening public to help it win the 2001 Grammy A

While it didn't reach the heights of the group's '70s glories, Steely Dan's 2000 comeback album, Two Against Nature, struck enough of a nerve with the listening public to help it win the 2001 Grammy Award for album of the year. Not much has changed on Everything Must Go, particularly the trademark incongruity between lyrical content and the supporting funky jazz-rock musical backdrops. Narrators find themselves stalked by psychotic women ("Lunch With Gina"), indulging in psychedelic drugs ("Slang of Ages," marking Walter Becker's first Steely Dan lead vocal), and roasting in misery in the hot sun ("Blues Beach"). Ultimately, Everything Must Go is thin on the one commodity usually so plentiful in the band's oeuvre: tunes that make a real lasting impression.—JC

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