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Steely Dan: Katy Lied (ABC ABCD-846)

Sam Sutherland, Phonograph Record, April 1975

STEELY DAN is a feisty little outfit. Their songs insinuate themselves onto Top 40 playlists, to blare from car radios and transmute vinylite into gold, right along with dewy-eyed ballads, boogie anthems, back-stage melodramas and other more conventional airwave staples. Yet the band refuses to alter its provocative role as perhaps the most cryptic pop band of the '70s. The last song on the new album offers a partial clue, a credo possibly learned amid the bleak urban landscapes of their songs:

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