Sunken Condos

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Sunken Condos
Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 16, 2012
Recorded2010-12
GenreAdult contemporary, Rock music
Length44:07
LabelReprise
ProducerMichael Leonhart, Donald Fagen
Donald Fagen chronology
Morph the Cat
(2006)
Sunken Condos
(2012)

Sunken Condos is the fourth solo album from Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen, released in October 2012 through Reprise Records.[1] It contains eight new songs and a cover of Isaac Hayes' "Out of the Ghetto".[2] Fagen began recording the album in 2010 and described it as having a lighter feel than his earlier work, rather than being a continuation of his Nightfly trilogy.[3]

On September 17, Rolling Stone posted a full-length preview of the song "I'm Not the Same Without You".[4] The song charted at number 28 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 in October 2012.[5] 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.[6][7]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic82/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[9]
The Independent4/5 stars[10]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[11]
Mojo4/5 stars[12]
MSN MusicA−[13]
Q4/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[16]
Uncut9/10[17]
USA Today3/4 stars[18]

The album was listed at No. 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." [19] They also named the song "Weather in My Head" the 21st best song of 2012.[20]

Fagen appeared on Late Show with David Letterman and performed "Weather in My Head" to promote the album.[21]

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. ^ "Donald Fagen to Release Sunken Condos, October 16 on Reprise Records". Broadcast Newsroom. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  2. ^ "Steely Dan's Donald Fagen Set to Release Fourth Solo Album, Sunken Condos". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
  3. ^ "After Steely Dan tour, Donald Fagen eyes another solo album next year". Northeast Ohio. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
  4. ^ "Song Premiere: Donald Fagen, 'I'm Not the Same Without You'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  5. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100" (in Japanese). Billboard Japan. October 24, 2012. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "Official UK Albums Top 100". officialcharts.com.
  7. ^ "Billboard Chart - Donald Fagen". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
  8. ^ "Reviews for Sunken Condos by Donald Fagen". Metacritic. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Sunken Condos – Donald Fagen". AllMusic. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  10. ^ Gill, Andy (October 13, 2012). "Album: Donald Fagen, Sunken Condos (Reprise)". The Independent. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  11. ^ Breen, Joe (October 19, 2012). "Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos (Warner Bros.)". The Irish Times. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  12. ^ "Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos". Mojo (229): 89. December 2012.
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 13, 2012). "Taylor Swift/Donald Fagen". MSN Music. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos". Q (317): 104. December 2012.
  15. ^ Hermes, Will (October 16, 2012). "Sunken Condos". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  16. ^ Lanthier, Joseph Jon (October 15, 2012). "Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos". Slant Magazine. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  17. ^ Scoppa, Bud (October 23, 2012). "Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos". Uncut. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  18. ^ Gardner, Elysa (October 15, 2012). "Donald Fagen feels at home in 'Sunken Condos'". USA Today. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  19. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2012: Donald Fagen, Sunken Condos". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  20. ^ "50 Best Songs of 2012: Donald Fagen, "Weather in My Head"". Retrieved December 30, 2012.
  21. ^ Video on YouTube
  22. ^ Ragogna, Mike. "Sunken Condos: A Conversation with Donald Fagen & Michael Leonhart". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-11-16.
  23. ^ Smith, Joan K. "Once Again, Donald Fagen Delivers". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-11-10.