Sunken Condos

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Sunken Condos
Studio album by Donald Fagen
Released October 16, 2012
Recorded 2010-12
Genre Jazz funk
Length 44:07
Label Reprise
Producer Michael Leonhart, Donald Fagen
Donald Fagen chronology
Morph the Cat
(2006)
Sunken Condos
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (positive)[2]
The Independent 4/5 stars[3]
MusicOMH.com 3.5/5 stars[4]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
Slant 4/5 stars[7]
TheArtsDesk.com 3/5 stars[8]
Uncut 9/10 stars[9]

Sunken Condos is the fourth solo album from Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen, released in October 2012 through Reprise Records.[10] It contains eight new songs and a cover of Isaac Hayes' "Out of the Ghetto".[11] Fagen began recording the album in 2010 and described it has having a lighter feel than his earlier work, rather than being a continuation of his Nightfly trilogy.[12]

On September 17, Rolling Stone posted a full-length preview of the song "I'm Not the Same Without You".[13] The song charted at number 28 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 in October 2012.[14] It also entered the official UK album chart at number 23 on October 21 and number 12 on the Billboard 200, becoming his highest charting solo album since 1993.[15][16]

Critical response[edit]

The album was listed at #25 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012. The magazine stated that "the music is deceitfully lush, a snazzy cascade of rock, R&B and swing, with production as costly as a Santa Monica beach house." [17] They also named the song "Weather in My Head" the 21st best song of 2012.[18]

Fagen appeared on Late Show with David Letterman and performed "Weather in My Head" to promote the album.[19]

Track listing[edit]

(All songs by Donald Fagen, except where noted)

  1. "Slinky Thing" – 5:12
  2. "I'm Not the Same Without You" – 4:31
  3. "Memorabilia" – 4:14
  4. "Weather in My Head" – 5:29
  5. "The New Breed" – 4:35
  6. "Out of the Ghetto" (Isaac Hayes) – 4:54
  7. "Miss Marlene" – 4:43
  8. "Good Stuff" – 4:54
  9. "Planet D'Rhonda" – 5:35

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ BBC Music review Martin Aston, 2012-10-19
  3. ^ The Independent review
  4. ^ MusicOMH.com review
  5. ^ PopMatters review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ Slant review
  8. ^ Adam Sweeting (2012-10-09). "CD: Sunken Condos | New music reviews, news & interviews". The Arts Desk. 
  9. ^ Uncut review
  10. ^ "Donald Fagen to Release Sunken Condos, October 16 on Reprise Records". Broadcast Newsroom. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  11. ^ "Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Set to Release Fourth Solo Album, Sunken Condos". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  12. ^ "After Steely Dan tour, Donald Fagen eyes another solo album next year". Northeast Ohio. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  13. ^ "Song Premiere: Donald Fagen, 'I'm Not the Same Without You'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  14. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. October 24, 2012. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Official UK Albums Top 100". officialcharts.com. 
  16. ^ "Billboard Chart - Donald Fagen". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  17. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2012: Donald Fagen, Sunken Condos". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  18. ^ "50 Best Songs of 2012: Donald Fagen, "Weather in My Head"". Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  19. ^ Video on YouTube
  20. ^ Ragogna, Mike. "Sunken Condos: A Conversation with Donald Fagen & Michael Leonhart". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  21. ^ Smith, Joan K. "Once Again, Donald Fagen Delivers". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-11-10.