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‘Morph the Cat’

By Edna Gundersen USA Today Morph the Cat (* * *) Donald Fagen Fagen’s third solo album, and first in 13 years, completes an informal trilogy that includes the frisky ambitions of 1981’s Nightfly and the midlife inventory of 1993’s Kamakiriad. This time the Steely Dan co-founder dwells on mortality and various impending doom scenarios, […]

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Review of ‘Morph the Cat’

By Richard Cromelin Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — The taller half of Steely Dan returns from a 13-year break from solo albums as a sort of hipster Dr. Seuss. In the title song, a protoplasmic feline form permeates Manhattan, casting an inexplicable but welcome spell of well-being on Gotham. Less cartoon-like but similarly whimsical, […]

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One Cool Cat

By Jane Stevenson Toronto Sun TORONTO – Donald Fagen, one half of smart, sarcastic, ’70s jazz-rockers Steely Dan, had a serious case of writers block in the ’80s. But lately the 58-year-old New Jersey-born, Manhattan-based singer-keyboardist-songwriter has been experiencing his most creative period. After two Steely Dan albums — 2000’s Two Against Nature and 2003’s […]

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Donald Fagen: ‘Morph the Cat’

By David Randall Getreadytorock.com I know, it’s awfully uncool to admit you like a Donald Fagen album. Maybe I’m suffering from post-Steely Dan crisis. The erstwhile Dan co-founder, “voice” and keyboards player is back with only his third solo album. In 1982 it was the critically-acclaimed The Nightfly, in 1993 Kamakiriad. ‘Morph The Cat’ has […]

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Fagen Wraps His Strange Trilogy With ‘Morph’

By Jonathan Casey Jazzpolice.com Singer, keyboard player, and oddball songwriter Donald Fagen has laid bare his jazzy aspirations ever since Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic album, on which he covered Ellington’s “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo” and aped Horace Silver’s “Song For My Father” (compare to the intro of “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”). Never have I […]

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Steely Don: Fagen’s show keeps plenty of Dan in the mix

By Jay Lustig Newark Star-Ledger Staff Early in his Wednesday night concert at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, Donald Fagen said it was his first time there. Then he clarified the statement, saying it was his first time anywhere. What he meant was, Wednesday’s show, which kicked off a month-long tour (with more shows, […]

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‘Morph the Cat’ Reprise

By Geoffrey Himes Washington Post How do you write a song about homeland security without sounding preachy or trite? On the other hand, how do you make honest music in 2006 without writing about homeland security? Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen solves this challenge on his terrific third solo album, Morph the Cat. He turns newspaper […]

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Interview with Donald Fagen

By Chris Rolls MP3.com As the singing half of Steely Dan, Donald Fagen has injected a bohemian intellect into popular music for over 30 years. Back in 1982 Fagen released The Nightfly, a retro-futurist concept album chronicling adolescent fantasies about adult life. After a 10 year hiatus came the second installment in Fagen’s solo career, Kamakiriad, a […]

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The cat will see you now

First there was ‘The Nightfly’. Then ‘Kamakiriad’. And now, a mere 24 years on, the trilogy is complete. the London Telegraph’s Robert Sandall meets Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen in New York to discuss the finer points of despair Slumped in a velvet armchair in the gaudily decorated “interview room” at his record label’s Manhattan HQ, […]

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Donald Fagen Takes a Solo Shot

By Ken Micallef Boston Phoenix For a rock band who wrote songs about prostitutes, Eastern gurus, pedophilia, heroin, niece lust, Charlie Parker, and a post-apocalyptic world, Steely Dan have always had something akin to the last laugh. The duo of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker just have a knack for pulling the cultural wool over […]

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