My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Can’t Buy a Thrill was recorded in Los Angeles in 1972 and was released in November of that year. It is the debut album by the band.
What I think: When Steely Dan comes to mind for me, all I really think about is how they are critical darlings and seem to win the Best Album Grammy for everything they put out. So I really wasn’t expecting much with this one. I know the three main singles that were released from the album and like two of them (“Reelin’ in the Years” and “Dirty Work”), but as a whole I was surprised by how decent it was. What really stands out for me on this album is how its sound is really familiar. I would say that with this album, the L.A. soft rock sound of the 70s is fully formed. I know a lot of people that really hate that sound, but I tend to enjoy it and I’m looking forward to the albums that come after this. The second stand out of this album is the guitar solos. The really work well within the songs and add emotion to them, instead of them trying to be the highlight of the song on their own. My favorite are probably the two on “Reeling in the Years”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I never expect it, but yes this is pretty decent. I hesitantly approve.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Can’t Buy a Thrill Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (193/255)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%