Two Against Nature

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Two Against Nature
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 29, 2000
GenreJazz rock[1]
ProducerWalter Becker, Donald Fagen
Steely Dan chronology
Plush TV Jazz-Rock Party
Two Against Nature
Everything Must Go
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 studio album by Steely Dan. The album was released on February 29, 2000, by Giant Records. 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 United States.

Two Against Nature marked Steely Dan's first studio album for Warner Bros. Records – through a sub-label, Giant Records. The group's leaders, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, accepted all four Grammys the album won, including Album of the Year.

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly(A)[4]
The Guardianpositive[5]
Mojo4/5 stars[6]
NME7/10 stars[7]
PopMatters7/10 stars[9]
Q4/5 stars[10]
Robert Christgau(A)[11]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 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


Steely Dan[edit]

Additional musicians[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, Peter Scriba
  • Mixing: Roger Nichols, Dave Russell
  • Mastering: Scott Hull
  • Assistants: Suzy Barrows, Reaann Zschokke
  • Technician: Roger Nichols
  • Editing: Jan Folkson
  • Horn arrangements: Walter Becker (1), Donald Fagen (1, 2, 4-6), Michael Leonhart (1, 3)
  • Project manager: Jill Dell'Abate
  • Project coordinator: Suzana Haugh
  • Consultant: Michael Leonhart
  • Piano tuner: Sam Berd
  • Electric piano technician: Edd Kolakowski
  • Design: Carol Bobolts
  • Photography: Michael Northrup/Jason Fulford
  • Copyist: Michael Leonhart


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


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


  1. ^ "STEELY DAN - Two Against Nature (2000)".
  2. ^ Two Against Nature at Metacritic Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  3. ^ Thomas, Stephen (2000-02-29). "Two Against Nature – Steely Dan : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  4. ^ "Two Against Nature". 6 March 2000.
  5. ^ The Guardian "Are you smart enough to like it?" Euan Ferguson, February 20, 2000
  6. ^ Mojo Archived 2013-04-30 at the Wayback Machine., March 2000, p.102
  7. ^ "Two Against Nature – NME". NME.
  8. ^ "Two Against Nature Album Review – Pitchfork".
  9. ^ "Steely Dan: Two Against Nature".
  10. ^ Q, April 2000, p.94
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Steely Dan: Two Against Nature : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 2000-03-16. Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2012-06-21.

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