Steely Dan - Aja
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1977 Ratings: #9 / 76
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
1977 Ratings: #19
September 23, 1977 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound

To defy Aja’s majesty would be to commit an act of snobbishness equal to any that its creators may be guilty of. Nearly 25 years on, it remains a benchmark for complex, polished, intelligent music.

100
Rolling Stone

That's Aja: frustration and failure at the heart of the party.

95
PopMatters

With Aja, the band dives fully into its fascination with jazz and employs some of the best session musicians working in the genre. Full of dense vocal melodies, complex guitar solos and soaring saxophone charts, the sound is not jazz or rock 'n' roll, but a kind of hybrid pop/jazz mix that works in the most unexpected ways.

90
AllMusic

It's complex music delivered with ease, and although the duo's preoccupation with clean sound and self-consciously sophisticated arrangements would eventually lead to a dead end, Aja is a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest.

amygoodall
73
good
EMR
67
Walter Becker and Donald Fagan's brainchild Steely Dan had already reached a high esteem amid the countless pop-rock bands of the 70s when they released the majestic, ambitious Aja - an album that sounds as accessible on the surface as it is dense and complex at its very core. Coining some of the sharpest jazz musicians of their time (Larry Carlton, Wayne Shorter, Steve Gadd and many others), the duo has put out one of the most beloved mix of jazz and pop the world has ever heard. Listening to ... read more
CheapandLethal
20
Utter crap
Melonade
90
a landmark of music production, the instrumentation is just that good
BonoLightier
73
Even though the instrumentation on this record is rich, eclectic and full of textures, I think the vocal performances fall back and do not bring nothing special to "Aja" in its whole.
Best songs: "Aja", "Home At Last"
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Track List

  1. Black Cow
  2. Aja
  3. Deacon Blues
  4. Peg
  5. Home at Last
  6. I Got the News
  7. Josie
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