I mean we're talking Steely Dan here. If the name is new to you, well, you'll get it soon. But even if it isn't, it's possible you haven't heard this one.
It's a great track, give it a listen.
See? Right off the bat we get that Rocked piano. The vocals might not be the most pleasing to all, but it works for me. Plus, the piano makes up for it.
It's a simple song. I think it's because of how simple it is that I've found myself listening to it over. It's nothing too complicated, but it's got enough going on not to be minimalist.
Similar can be said for the rest of the debut album. It might range in style a bit, but it's generally decent music, nothing overdone.
The 1972 debut Can't Buy a Thrill should be an album I praise. It's got a fusion of genres and styles that I really love, mainly Prog-Rock and Jazz. It's even set in in my favorite musical decade.
And yet, for me it falls a little short. It's definitely a great source for undeniable early talent. And being inspirational to many and many more to come, it definitely earns my respect. But even at 40 minutes it feels like it's too long.
The sound varies, but I don't think they explored the full capacity of their talents throughout it. I might just be spoiled, having listened to some of their best songs back to back before.
All the same, it's a good album to start listening to the band if you haven't already. Maybe not for everyone, but it'll be a gem for many others.