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It's your favorite foreign movie

"Well the danger on the rocks is surely past
Still I remain tied to the mast
Could it be that I have found my home at last
Home at last"
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Released in 1977, Aja is Steely Dan's fifth album.

Tracklist:

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

Personnel:

  • Donald Fagen, keyboards/vocals
  • Walter Becker, guitar

"I Got The Tropes":

  • Book-Ends: "Black Cow" and "Josie" both mention a place called "Rudy's".
  • Drunk Driver: "Deacon Blues"
    "Drink scotch whiskey all night long
    And die behind the wheel"
  • Epic Rocking: "Aja" runs 8:00, "Deacon Blues" runs 7:36, and most of the songs are over five minutes. "Josie" is the shortest at 4:30.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: "Josie"
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: As shown above.
  • New Sound Album: Much jazzier, longer songs, much less pop.
  • Ode to Intoxication: "Black Cow"
  • One-Woman Song: "Aja," "Peg," "Josie"
  • Record Producer: Gary Katz, as usual.
  • Refrain from Assuming: The song is "Peg," not "Your Favorite Foreign Movie."
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  • Something Blues: "Deacon Blues"
  • Take That!: "Deacon Blues," to everyone who doesn't like their music.
    "I'll learn to work the saxophone
    I'll play just what I feel"
  • Uncommon Time: The title track, as described by The Other Wiki:
    The first part goes on for 17 bars, one in 2/4, as the other musicians vamp on staccato chords beneath. The interlude chords briefly return, and Gadd resumes keep the beat, with a few more flourishes, while Shorter's solo continues. Then the vamp and drum solo resume for another 17-bar section, this one including one bar in 3/4, that ends with a descending chord progression that takes us back into the intro.
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