Sunken Condos

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Sunken Condos
Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos.jpg
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
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Independent 4/5 stars[3]
Mojo 4/5 stars[4]
MSN Music A−[5]
PopMatters 6/10[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[9]
Uncut 9/10[10]

Sunken Condos is the fourth solo album from Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen, released in October 2012 through Reprise Records.[11] It contains eight new songs and a cover of Isaac Hayes' "Out of the Ghetto".[12] 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.[13]

On September 17, Rolling Stone posted a full-length preview of the song "I'm Not the Same Without You".[14] The song charted at number 28 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 in October 2012.[15] 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.[16][17]

Critical response[edit]

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." [18] They also named the song "Weather in My Head" the 21st best song of 2012.[19]

Fagen appeared on Late Show with David Letterman and performed "Weather in My Head" to promote the album.[20]

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