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Charted: December 6, 1980

Rating: 3.729 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: jazz rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Babylon Sisters
  2. Hey Nineteen
  3. Glamour Profession
  4. Gaucho
  5. Time Out of Mind
  6. My Rival
  7. Third World Man


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 9
peak on U.K. album chart 27

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Hey Nineteen (11/29/80) #10 US, #11 AC
  • Time Out of Mind (3/14/81) #22 US, #13 AC, #13 AR

Steely Dan
Aja was cool, relaxed, and controlled; it sounded deceptively easy. Its follow-up, Gaucho, while sonically similar, is its polar opposite: a precise and studied record, where all of the seams show. Gaucho essentially replicates the smooth jazz-pop of Aja, but with none of that record’s dark, seductive romance or elegant aura. Instead, it’s meticulous and exacting; each performance has been rehearsed so many times that it no longer has any emotional resonance. Furthermore, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen’s songs are generally labored, only occasionally reaching their past heights, like on the suave Babylon Sisters, Time Out of Mind, and Hey Nineteen. Still, those three songs are barely enough to make the remainder of the album’s glossy, meandering fusion worthwhile” (Erlewine).

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previous album: Aja (1977) next album: Two Against Nature (2000)

Last updated April 3, 2008.