Pretzel Logic (studio album) by Steely Dan

Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
Year: 1974
Overall rank: 893rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 506 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1974 (15th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (192nd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (893rd)
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Steely Dan bestography

Pretzel Logic is ranked 5th best out of 21 albums by Steely Dan on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Steely Dan is Aja which is ranked number 164 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 9,733.

Steely Dan album bestography « Higher ranked (845th) This album (893rd) Lower ranked (963rd) »
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80/100 (from 506 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.8/100, a mean average of 79.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.5.

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75/100
From 10/09/2022 00:05
A bit of an inconsistent listen in places but there is still that classic Steely Dan charm on here that makes some of the songs on here fantastic pieces of music. These include Rikki Don't Lose That Number, Night By Night, Any Major Dude Will Tell You and the title track. All of these are beautifully crafted and all hook you to the song perfectly. It is very easy for those choruses to get stuck in your head as well and you end up singing them all night long. The rest of the album is decent but nothing special and there is quite a bit of filler. It definitely isn't as tight and compact as some of their other works but there is a lot of variety on here to be able to get stuck into. One major strength of this record is the diversity that is present on here and it is difficult to get bored of it as I keep noticing new things with each listen. Overall, this is definitely an album worth checking out as it is full of life and is of a very high musical quality.
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From 09/06/2022 17:38
Solid record
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From 01/09/2022 09:49
This was definitely a nice listen, one of the better Steely Dan's albums I've heard.
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From 08/03/2021 12:29
not the best of these two geniuses but pretty darn good
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90/100
From 01/14/2021 20:26
Pretzel Logic is probably Steely Dan's most concise and variable work. It contains a wealth of ideas and musical sketches while the band was at a crossroads between its early rock sound and its later smooth rock sound.

Track Pick: Rikki Don't Lose That Number
Gems: Any Major Dude Will Tell You, Pretzel Logic
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From 06/20/2020 21:33
Another fine outing from Steely Dan. Nothing super special here except Rikki Don't Lose That Number and the title track. Their blend of jazz, rock, and pop is easily the most interesting thing about this record.
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From 01/03/2019 03:41
While not my favorite, this is still essential Dan. This album is full of that cerebral jazzy rock that's just a little off kilter or even just slightly disturbing but ultimately compelling.
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From 11/09/2018 21:31
An inconsistent album in tone and quality. Tracks 5-7 are duds. 'With a Gun' is almost a country song. The rest are mostly jazzy, some folkier than others. The album may be too polished for it's own good as well. Other Steely Dan albums go well with the clean production, but this one feels sterile. 'Rikki...' and 'Any Major Dude...' stand as some of their best tracks, but most of the others just aren't as well-written.
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From 03/23/2018 23:37
I'm not a big fan, but I think this is their best (or as good as it could get for me)
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From 02/11/2018 14:56
Per gli Steely Dan è il terzo perfetto disco, ultimo con la formazione originale: trascende quanto realizzato prima ed è diverso rispetto a tutto quello che verrà dopo, tanto che la musica sembra calare dall'alto su un gruppo altero consapevole di aver raggiunto una perfezione che è di pochi.
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Best Albums of 1974
1. Red by King Crimson
2. On The Beach by Neil Young
3. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by Genesis
4. Crime Of The Century by Supertramp
5. Rock Bottom by Robert Wyatt
6. Court And Spark by Joni Mitchell
7. Sheer Heart Attack by Queen
8. Here Come The Warm Jets by Brian Eno
9. Diamond Dogs by David Bowie
10. A Tábua De Esmeralda by Jorge Ben
11. Queen II by Queen
12. Mirage by Camel
13. Radio City by Big Star
14. Autobahn by Kraftwerk
15. Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
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18. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight by Richard & Linda Thompson
19. No Other by Gene Clark
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