Friday, 26 October 2012
Donald Fagen's Sunken Condos reviewed...
THE sometime lead singer with Steely Dan produces a typically smooth jazz-rock concoction for his fourth solo album.
But there are, as usual with the sardonic Dan man, some dark themes under the apparently faultless playing.
Opening with Slinky Thing, the album repeatedly explores the tensions of love between an older man and a younger woman.
After too much jazz funkery on his last solo outing, Morph the Cat, the new album thankfully marries strong melody with sharp lyrics on Weather In My Head, Memorabilia and I'm Not the Same Without You.
All in all, Sunken Condos is a strong late-career effort.