Can't Buy a Thrill

Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill
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Based on 3 reviews
1972 Ratings: #31 / 107
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Based on 259 ratings
1972 Ratings: #41
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Do It Again - 9.5/10
Dirty Work - 9/10
Kings - 8/10
Midnite Cruiser- 8/10
Only A Fool Would Say That - 8.5/10
Reelin' In The Years - 9.5/10
Fire In The Hole - 8/10
Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me) - 8/10
Change Of The Guard - 8.5/10
Turn That Heartbeat Over Again - 7.5/10


Never heard anything from Steely Dan but found them interesting enough to binge, so that's what we're doing now! Kicking things off with their jazzy pop rock debut Can't Buy A Thrill... it's pretty damn good!

This album is just really enjoyable through and through. It's chilled out, it's mellow, and the melodies plus the jazzy chord progressions are just so smooth. Top that off with the excellent lead vocals from lead singer Donald Fagen that I found hard not to sing along to and you've got ... read more


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Not quite peak SD, they were still working out some kinks. Still MWHA--awesome


Steely Dan's debut album Can't Buy A Thrill is a fun and catchy pop rock album filled with bops from front to end. I do think the sound Steely Dan use on this album is very influential at the time and that is something I admire about this album. It is ahead of its time and that is always a good thing to hear. I like the vocals on this album as well, not the most mind-blowing vocals in the world but they definitely do the job when it comes to using the production. The production like I mentioned ... read more


Has its moments, but honestly its a bit bland for my liking and I can’t see it snapping anyone’s head round. Good, inoffensive, easy listening with two or three standout tracks- would never object to having it on in the background, but a bit stale to sit down and devote lots of attention to.

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Track List

  1. Do It Again
  2. Dirty Work
  3. Kings
  4. Midnite Cruiser
  5. Only A Fool Would Say That
  6. Reelin' In The Years
  7. Fire In The Hole
  8. Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)
  9. Change Of The Guard
  10. Turn That Heartbeat Over Again
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Added on: September 2, 2014