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Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
is the eighth album by Steely Dan, released in 2000. The album won the group four Grammy Awards, including Album
Album
of the Year. It marked the first Steely Dan
Steely Dan
studio album in 20 years, following 1980's Gaucho. It has been certified platinum in the United States. Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
marked Steely Dan's first studio album for Warner Bros. Records – through a sub-label, Giant Records. The group's leaders, Walter Becker
Walter Becker
and Donald Fagen, accepted all four Grammys the album won, including Album
Album
of the Year.

Professional ratings

Aggregate scores

Source Rating

Metacritic 77/100 [2]

Review scores

Source Rating

Allmusic [3]

Robert Christgau (A)[4]

Entertainment Weekly (A)[5]

The Guardian positive[6]

Mojo [7]

NME [8]

Pitchfork 1.6/10[9]

PopMatters [10]

Q [11]

Rolling Stone [12]

Contents

1 Track listing 2 Personnel

2.1 Steely Dan 2.2 Additional musicians 2.3 Production

3 Charts 4 Awards 5 References 6 External links

Track listing[edit] All songs written by Walter Becker
Walter Becker
and Donald Fagen.

"Gaslighting Abbie" – 5:53 "What a Shame About Me" – 5:17 "Two Against Nature" – 6:17 "Janie Runaway" – 4:09 "Almost Gothic" – 4:09 "Jack of Speed" – 6:17 "Cousin Dupree" – 5:28 "Negative Girl" – 5:34 "West of Hollywood" – 8:21

Personnel[edit] Steely Dan[edit]

Donald Fagen – lead vocals (all tracks), Fender Rhodes
Fender Rhodes
(1-3), Clavinet
Clavinet
(1), piano (2, 3), Wurlitzer
Wurlitzer
(4-7), organ (9) Walter Becker
Walter Becker
– bass (2-7), guitar (1, 2, 4, 6, 7), lead guitar (3, 9)

Additional musicians[edit]

Ted Baker – Fender Rhodes
Fender Rhodes
(4, 5, 7-9), piano (9) Jon Herington – rhythm guitar (3, 7, 9), acoustic guitar (5) Paul Jackson Jr.
Paul Jackson Jr.
– guitar (8) Hugh McCracken – guitar (5) Dean Parks – guitar (8) Tom Barney – bass (1, 8, 9) Keith Carlock
Keith Carlock
– drums (3) Leroy Clouden – drums (4, 5, 7) Vinnie Colaiuta
Vinnie Colaiuta
– drums (8) Sonny Emory
Sonny Emory
– drums (9) Ricky Lawson – drums (1) Michael White – drums (2, 6) Gordon Gottlieb – percussion (2, 3, 5, 6, 9) Will Lee – percussion (6) Daniel Sadownick – percussion (3), timbales (3) Dave Shank – vibraphone (8) Steve Shapiro
Steve Shapiro
– vibraphone (3) Amy Helm
Amy Helm
– whistle (7) Lawrence Feldman – clarinet (1, 5), tenor saxophone (4, 6), alto saxophone (5), saxophone (3) Roy Hitchcock - clarinet (3) Lou Marini
Lou Marini
– alto saxophone (4, 6), tenor saxophone (2) Chris Potter – tenor saxophone solo (1, 9), alto saxophone solo (4) David Tofani – tenor saxophone (1) saxophone (3) Roger Rosenberg – bass clarinet (1, 3-5), baritone saxophone (2, 6) Michael Leonhart – trumpet (1-6), Wurlitzer
Wurlitzer
(3) Jim Pugh – trombone (1-3, 5, 6) Cynthia Calhoun (1-3, 6, 8, 9) – background vocals Carolyn Leonhart (1-5, 7-9) – background vocals Michael Harvey (1-3, 5, 6, 9) – background vocals

Production[edit]

Producers: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen Executive engineer: Roger Nichols Engineers: Phil Burnett, Per-Christian Nielsen, Johan Edlund, Anthony Gorman, Roger Nichols, Ken Ross, Dave Russell, Jay A. Ryan, Elliot Scheiner, Peter Scriba Mixing: Roger Nichols, Dave Russell Mastering: Scott Hull Assistants: Suzy Barrows, Reaann Zschokke Technician: Roger Nichols Editing: Jan Folkson Horn arrangements: Walter Becker
Walter Becker
(1), Donald Fagen (1, 2, 4-6), Michael Leonhart (1, 3) Project manager: Jill Dell'Abate Project coordinator: Suzana Haugh Consultant: Michael Leonhart Piano
Piano
tuner: Sam Berd Electric piano technician: Edd Kolakowski Design: Carol Bobolts Photography: Michael Northrup/Jason Fulford Copyist: Michael Leonhart

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak position

The Billboard 200 6

Top Internet Albums 2

UK Album
Album
Chart 11

Awards[edit]

2001 Grammy Awards

Winner Category

"Cousin Dupree" Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal

Two Against Nature Album
Album
of the Year

Two Against Nature Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical

Two Against Nature Best Pop Vocal Album

References[edit]

^ "STEELY DAN - Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
(2000)". Progarchives.com.  ^ Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
at Metacritic
Metacritic
Retrieved 2012-11-02. ^ Thomas, Stephen (2000-02-29). " Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
– Steely Dan : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-21.  ^ Christgau, Robert (March 7, 2000). "Doing It Again". The Village Voice. New York. Christgau appended the letter grade at his website's archive. Retrieved February 11, 2013.  ^ "Two Against Nature". 6 March 2000.  ^ The Guardian
The Guardian
"Are you smart enough to like it?" Euan Ferguson, February 20, 2000 ^ Mojo Archived 2013-04-30 at the Wayback Machine., March 2000, p.102 ^ " Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
– NME". NME.  ^ " Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
Album
Album
Review – Pitchfork". pitchfork.com.  ^ "Steely Dan: Two Against Nature".  ^ Q, April 2000, p.94 ^ "Steely Dan: Two Against Nature : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". RollingStone.com. 2000-03-16. Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2012-06-21. 

External links[edit]

Official site Complete lyrics

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Steely Dan

Donald Fagen Walter Becker

Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Denny Dias Jim Hodder David Palmer Royce Jones Michael McDonald Jeff Porcaro

Studio albums

Can't Buy a Thrill
Can't Buy a Thrill
(1972) Countdown to Ecstasy
Countdown to Ecstasy
(1973) Pretzel Logic
Pretzel Logic
(1974) Katy Lied
Katy Lied
(1975) The Royal Scam
The Royal Scam
(1976) Aja (1977) Gaucho (1980) Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
(2000) Everything Must Go (2003)

Live albums

Alive in America (1995) Plush TV Jazz-Rock Party (2000) Marian McPartland's Piano
Piano
Jazz with Steely Dan
Steely Dan
(2005)

Singles

"Dallas" "Do It Again" "Reelin' In the Years" "Show Biz Kids" "My Old School" "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" "Pretzel Logic" "Black Friday" "Bad Sneakers" "Kid Charlemagne" "The Fez" "Haitian Divorce" "Peg" "Deacon Blues" "FM (No Static at All)" "Josie" "Hey Nineteen" "Babylon Sisters" "Cousin Dupree" "Janie Runaway"

Album
Album
tracks

"Aja" "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" "Dirty Work"

Compilations

Greatest Hits (1978) Steely Dan
Steely Dan
(1978) Gold (1982/91) A Decade of Steely Dan
Steely Dan
(1985) Reelin' In the Years
Reelin' In the Years
(1987) Do It Again (1987) Citizen Steely Dan
Steely Dan
(1993) Then and Now (1993) Showbiz Kids (2000) The Definitive Collection (2006)

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Album
of the Year

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The Music from Peter Gunn
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Henry Mancini
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(1959) Come Dance with Me! – Frank Sinatra
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(1960) The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
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Bob Newhart
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(1961) Judy at Carnegie Hall
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Judy Garland
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(1962) The First Family – Vaughn Meader
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(1963) The Barbra Streisand
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(1964) Getz/Gilberto
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– Stan Getz, João Gilberto
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(1965) September of My Years Frank Sinatra
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(1966) A Man and His Music Frank Sinatra
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(1967) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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The Beatles
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(1968) By the Time I Get to Phoenix – Glen Campbell
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(1969) Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1970) Bridge over Troubled Water
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– Simon & Garfunkel (1971) Tapestry – Carole King
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(1972) The Concert for Bangladesh – Various (1973) Innervisions
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Stevie Wonder
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(1974) Fulfillingness' First Finale
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(1975) Still Crazy After All These Years
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Paul Simon
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(1976) Songs in the Key of Life
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(1977) Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
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(1978) Saturday Night Fever – Bee Gees/Various (1979)

1980–2000

52nd Street – Billy Joel
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(1980) Christopher Cross
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(1981) Double Fantasy
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John Lennon
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(1982) Toto IV
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– Toto (1983) Thriller – Michael Jackson
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(1984) Can't Slow Down – Lionel Richie
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(1985) No Jacket Required
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Phil Collins
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(1986) Graceland – Paul Simon
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(1987) The Joshua Tree
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– U2 (1988) Faith – George Michael
George Michael
(1989) Nick of Time – Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt
(1990) Back on the Block
Back on the Block
Quincy Jones
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and various artists (1991) Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole
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(1992) Unplugged – Eric Clapton
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(1993) The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) MTV Unplugged – Tony Bennett
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(1995) Jagged Little Pill
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Alanis Morissette
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(1996) Falling into You
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Celine Dion
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(1997) Time Out of Mind – Bob Dylan
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(1998) The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
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(1999) Supernatural – Santana (2000)

2001–present

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Two Against Nature
Steely Dan
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(2001) O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack (2002) Come Away with Me
Come Away with Me
Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
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Outkast
Outkast
(2004) Genius Loves Company
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Ray Charles
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and various artists (2005) How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
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– U2 (2006) Taking the Long Way
Taking the Long Way
Dixie Chicks
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(2007) River: The Joni Letters – Herbie Hancock
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(2008) Raising Sand
Raising Sand
Robert Plant
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& Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
(2009) Fearless – Taylor Swift
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(2010) The Suburbs
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Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire
(2011) 21 – Adele
Adele
(2012) Babel – Mumford & Sons (2013) Random Access Memories
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Daft Punk
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(2014) Morning Phase
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Beck
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(2015) 1989 – Taylor Swift
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(2016) 25 – Adele
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(2017) 24K Magic –

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