Steely Dan - Fire in the Hole

Sometimes I just feel like listening to something with an undeniable music base. Something with obvious talent and enough musical standard to (pretty much) be accepted as music anywhere.

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.

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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.
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16 comments:

  1. I love Steely Dan's vibe, very mellow. Great song.

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  2. The name of the song is too suggestive. :P

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  3. Steely Dan is awesome, love his stuff!

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  4. now that brings back many happy memories - cheers :)

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  5. Niiiiiiiiiiice. I needed that.

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  6. I know this band consists of some very accomplished musicians, but for some reason, I don't like them. It's just one of those things where the music didn't "click" with my personality.

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  7. The opening really perked up my ears and sucked me in, vocals were okay.

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  8. Wow, this is pretty good. Thanks, mate!

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  9. I love me a little steely dan!

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  10. I love SD but I never knew too much about 'em. Thanks for this.

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  11. I have to agree with Anne. I've never been a huge fan of these guys.

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  12. When ever I think of Steely Dan I think of there song Cousin Dupre!

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  13. Great song off of a great album!!!

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