My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Aja (Pronounced Asia) is the sixth studio album from Steely Dan. It was recorded during the first half of 1977 and released in September of that year.
What I think: I knew there was something interesting about the legacy of this album that I remember hearing, but couldn’t quite place while listening to it. That legacy is that is considered such a well produced album that audiophiles use it to test their sound. I can give it that. I have nowhere close to any high end system in my vehicle, but it isn’t stock either and it does sound about perfect studio product. With that though is a somewhat consistently boring album. It’s almost like one really long song that has the Steely Dan sound throughout, and were their other albums seemed short at 30 some minutes, this one runs almost forty minutes and feels very long. It does have some interesting moments though, the title track has some great drumming, “Deacon Blues” has a catchy as hell chorus, “Peg” has some crystal clear backing vocals by Michael McDonald as well as a really cool clavinet part. Aside from that though this felt pretty lackluster to me.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I know a lot of people hold this album in high regard, but it really didn’t grab me. I’d rather pass and listen to one of their first albums.
Rating (Out of 5) 2
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (303/390)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%