Two Against Nature

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Two Against Nature
Studio album by Steely Dan
Released February 29, 2000
Recorded 1997–99
Genre Jazz rock
Length 51:25
Label Giant
Producer Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Steely Dan chronology
Plush TV Jazz-Rock Party
(2000)
Two Against Nature
(2000)
Everything Must Go
(2003)
Singles from Two Against Nature
  1. "Cousin Dupree"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Jack of Speed"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Janie Runaway"
    Released: 2000

Two Against Nature is the eighth album by Steely Dan, released in 2000. The album won the group four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. It marked the first Steely Dan studio album in 20 years, following 1980's Gaucho. It has been certified platinum in the U.S.

Two Against Nature marked Steely Dan's long-awaited debut for Warner Bros. Records - through a sub-label, Giant Records. They intended to release Gaucho on Warner Bros. after their longtime label ABC Records merged with MCA Records, but MCA claimed ownership of the master recordings. As a result, the band was forced to release Gaucho on MCA (which has since been absorbed into Geffen Records). The group's leaders, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, accepted all four Grammies the album won, including Album of the Year.

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (A)[3]
Entertainment Weekly (A)[4]
The Guardian positive[5]
Mojo 4/5 stars[6]
NME 7/10 stars[7]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Uncut 5/5 stars[11]
Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

  1. "Gaslighting Abbie" – 5:53
  2. "What a Shame About Me" – 5:17
  3. "Two Against Nature" – 6:17
  4. "Janie Runaway" – 4:09
  5. "Almost Gothic" – 4:09
  6. "Jack of Speed" – 6:17
  7. "Cousin Dupree" – 5:28
  8. "Negative Girl" – 5:34
  9. "West of Hollywood" – 8:21

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
  • Executive engineer: Roger Nichols
  • Engineers: Phil Burnett, Per-Christian Nielsen, Johan Edlund, Anthony Gorman, Roger Nichols, Ken Ross, Dave Russell, Jay A. Ryan, Elliot Scheiner, Peta Scriba
  • Mixing: Roger Nichols, Dave Russell
  • Mastering: Scott Hull
  • Assistants: Suzy Barrows, Reaann Zschokke
  • Technician: Roger Nichols
  • Editing: Jan Folkson
  • Horn arrangements: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen, Michael Leonhart
  • Project manager: Jill Dell'Abate
  • Project coordinator: Suzana Haugh
  • Consultant: Michael Leonhart
  • Piano tuner: Sam Berd
  • Design: Carol Bobolts
  • Photography: Michael Northrup/Jason Fulford
  • Copyist: Michael Leonhart

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
The Billboard 200 6
Top Internet Albums 2
UK Album Chart 11

Awards[edit]

2001 Grammy Awards
Winner Category
"Cousin Dupree" Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Two Against Nature Album of the Year
Two Against Nature Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
Two Against Nature Best Pop Vocal Album

References[edit]

  1. ^ Two Against Nature at Metacritic Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  2. ^ Thomas, Stephen (2000-02-29). "Two Against Nature - Steely Dan : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 7, 2000). "Doing It Again". The Village Voice (New York). Christgau appended the letter grade at his website's archive. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ The Guardian "Are you smart enough to like it?" Euan Ferguson, February 20, 2000
  6. ^ Mojo, March 2000, p.102
  7. ^ NME review
  8. ^ PopMatters review
  9. ^ Q, April 2000, p.94
  10. ^ "Steely Dan: Two Against Nature : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". RollingStone.com. 2000-03-16. Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  11. ^ Uncut, March 2000, p.90
  12. ^ Steely Dan: Two Against Nature

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