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
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer GuideA[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA[5]
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[7]
Q4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[11]
Uncut5/5 stars[12]

Two Against Nature is the eighth studio album by Steely Dan. It was released on February 29, 2000 and marked Steely Dan's first studio album for Warner Bros. Records – through a sub-label, Giant Records. The album won the group four Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Engineered Album – Non-Classical, and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Cousin Dupree. It marked the first Steely Dan studio album in 20 years, following 1980's Gaucho. It has been certified Platinum in the United States.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are 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 by Steely Dan". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Two Against Nature – Steely Dan". AllMusic. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Steely Dan: Two Against Nature". Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  5. ^ Willman, Chris (March 6, 2000). "Two Against Nature". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Cox, Tom (February 25, 2000). "Steely Dan: Two Against Nature (Giant)". The Guardian. London.
  7. ^ Cromelin, Richard (February 27, 2000). "Rested Steely Dan Reels in '70s on 'Nature'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on September 28, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Mulvey, John (March 2, 2000). "Steely Dan – Two Against Nature". NME. Archived from the original on June 15, 2000. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  9. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent (February 29, 2000). "Steely Dan: Two Against Nature". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Blake, Mark (April 2000). "Steely Dan: Two Against Nature". Q (163): 94. Archived from the original on December 3, 2000. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Wild, David (March 16, 2000). "Two Against Nature". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 9, 2009. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
  12. ^ "Steely Dan: Two Against Nature". Uncut (34): 90. March 2000.
  13. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database: Steely Dan". Retrieved July 12, 2019.

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