Steely Dan's third album
Pretzel Logic is a fantastic collection of songs that have
inferences of their beginnings, as well as hints of the future of
Dan; more jazz styling in their writing including more horns and a
using a larger pool of studio musicians.
Pretzel Logic has a superb flow to the album and it
has its predicable collection of a few outstanding songs accompanied
with many good
compositions rounding out the album. The album begins with
their biggest ever, "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," which
hit number three on the charts. My opinion is that this
song deserves all it's recognition.
Pretzel Logic is
quite diverse in musical styles as "Night by Night"
displays funk, "Pretzel Logic" hints at blues, in a Steely Dan way, "Any Major Dude Will Tell You"
beautifully incorporates acoustic guitars creatively, and their version
of Duke Ellington's ragtime track "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo"
emphasize their jazz abilities. The superb musicianship
displayed on "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" makes me wish they
would jam a bit more, rather than focus on writing tight compositions
all perfected and polished to a sterile state.
Pretzel Logic is a
solid album with very few weak moments. by Barry Small ©