Steely Dan: Cousin Dupree
Two Against Nature (Giant 24719)
Jon Herington (rhythm guitar), Ted Baker (Fender Rhodes), Leroy Clouden (drums), Amy Helm (whistler).
Composed by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker.
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Steely Dan returned from a twenty year hiatus with the release of their 2000 album Two Against Nature, which captured a number of awards that year including Album of the Year at the Grammys. The Dan clan has always pushed the envelope compared to the rest of the rock and pop world and the song "Cousin Dupree" is no exception. With a smooth dominant seventh groove, Donald Fagen sings about a fictional, romantic fascination with his cousin. Some might consider the lyrics to be a bit on the provocative side but anyone familiar with the band's work knows that the lyrics are all in good humor.
The musicians featured on this track went on to form the core touring band for Steely Dan over the last eight years. They provide a solid pocket as the studio version of this song doesn't really differ too much from the live versions that exist. 2000 was a good year. No Y2K and the return of Steely Dan, I'll cheers to that!
Reviewer: Jared Pauley