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Donald Fagen - Kamakiriad.jpg
Studio album by Donald Fagen
Released May 25, 1993
Recorded 1990-93
Genre Jazz rock
Length 50:31
Label Reprise
Producer Walter Becker
Donald Fagen chronology
The Nightfly
(1982)The Nightfly1982
Morph the Cat
(2006)Morph the Cat2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Entertainment Weekly B-[3]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[4]
NME 7/10 stars[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [7]
Uncut 8/10 stars[8]

Kamakiriad is the second solo album by Steely Dan singer Donald Fagen, released in 1993. It was his first collaboration since 1980 with Steely Dan partner Walter Becker, who produced the album. The album is a futuristic, optimistic eight-song cycle about the journey of the narrator in his high-tech car, the Kamakiri (Japanese for praying mantis). It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1993.[citation needed]

The album follows a lengthy writer's block for Fagen; the songs are based on personal observations about middle age[citation needed] (as 1982's The Nightfly is lyrically described as fantasies of Fagen's youth[citation needed] and 2006's Morph the Cat ruminations of old age and death[citation needed]).

Music videos were produced for "Tomorrow's Girls" (starring Rick Moranis) and "Snowbound" (using stop motion animation).[citation needed]

Fagen and Becker embarked on their first tour as Steely Dan since 1974 to support the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Donald Fagen, except where noted.

  1. "Trans-Island Skyway" – 6:30
  2. "Countermoon" – 5:05
  3. "Springtime" – 5:06
  4. "Snowbound" (Walter Becker, Fagen) – 7:08
  5. "Tomorrow's Girls" – 6:17
  6. "Florida Room" (Fagen, Libby Titus) – 6:02
  7. "On the Dunes" – 8:07
  8. "Teahouse on the Tracks" – 6:09

Bonus tracks, from The Nightfly Trilogy MVI boxed set[edit]

  1. "Big Noise, New York" – 5:21
  2. "Confide in Me" – 4:15
  3. "Blue Lou" – 7:01
  4. "Shanghai Confidential" – 4:54



  • Producer: Walter Becker
  • Engineers: Phil Burnett, David Michael Dill, Tom Fritze, Andy Grassi, Troy Halderson, Bob Mitchel, John Neff, Roger Nichols, Dave Russell, Jay A. Ryan, Tony Volante, Wayne Yurgelun
  • Mastering: Scott Hull, Glenn Meadows
  • Sample editing: Craig Siegal
  • Digital technician: Phil Burnett
  • Digital delay: Craig Siegal
  • Horn arrangements: Donald Fagen
  • Rhythm arrangements: Donald Fagen
  • Design: Carol Bobolts
  • Photography: James Hamilton
  • Liner notes: Donald Fagen, Tim White



Year Chart Position
1993 The Billboard 200 10
1993 UK Albums Chart 3


Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Tomorrow's Girls" Mainstream Rock Tracks 20


  1. ^ "Allmusic review". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ David Browne. Entertainment Weekly review May 28, 1993
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  5. ^ NME, 1993-05-29, p.31
  6. ^ Q, July 1993, p.86
  7. ^ "Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  8. ^ Uncut, "How to buy Donald Fagen", Jaan Uhelszki, December 2012