Everything Must Go (Steely Dan album)

Everything Must Go is the ninth studio album by American rock group Steely Dan. It was released on June 10, 2003, by Reprise Records, and was the band's second album following their 20-year studio hiatus spanning 1980 through 2000, when they released Two Against Nature. Everything Must Go is the last studio album with founding member Walter Becker before his death in 2017 and the most recent album to date.

Everything Must Go
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 10, 2003
Recorded2001 - 2003; at Sear Sound (NYC), Skyline Studios (NYC), River Sound (NYC), Hyperbolic Sound (Maui), Bearsville Studios (Bearsville); mixed at Presence Studios (Weston, CT);[1] mastered at Sony Music[2]
GenreJazz rock
ProducerWalter Becker, Donald Fagen
Steely Dan chronology
Two Against Nature
Everything Must Go
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]
BBC Music(positive)[5]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(1-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[7]
The Guardian3/5 stars[8]
Mojo4/5 stars[9]
The New York Times(positive)[10]
PopMatters7/10 stars[11]
Q3/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[13]
Sputnikmusic2/5 stars[15]
Uncut3/5 stars[16]


"Godwhacker" developed from a blasphemous lyric Fagen wrote a few days after his mother died of Alzheimer's. "It's about an elite squad of assassins whose sole assignment is to find a way into heaven and take out God", he later explained. "If the Deity actually existed, what sane person wouldn't consider this to be justifiable homicide?"[17]


Everything Must Go received mixed reviews upon release. During a concert at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre on July 8, 2011, Donald Fagen said that he felt the album was "underrated".[18]


Everything Must Go was also released as a DVD-audio disc with a multi-channel mix.[citation needed]

A special two-disc edition of Everything Must Go (one CD, one DVD) was released. The DVD, 'Steely Dan Confessions', follows Becker and Fagen touring Las Vegas after hours in a taxi promoting the album in a special version of the cult HBO cable show Taxicab Confessions, hosted by cabbie Rita.[19][20]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

1."The Last Mall"3:36
2."Things I Miss the Most"3:59
3."Blues Beach"4:29
5."Slang of Ages"4:15
6."Green Book"5:55
8."Lunch with Gina"4:27
9."Everything Must Go"6:45


Steely DanEdit

Additional musiciansEdit


  • Producers: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
  • Engineers: Tom Doherty, Roger Nichols, Dave Russell, Elliot Scheiner
  • Assistant engineers: Suzy Barrows, Tom Doherty, Steve Mazur, Keith Nelson, Todd Parker, Matt Scheiner
  • Mixing: Elliot Scheiner
  • Mixing assistant: Joe Peccerillo
  • Mastering: Darcy Proper
  • Editing: Larry Alexander
  • Arrangers: Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
  • Horn arrangements: Donald Fagen
  • Technician: Sam Berd
  • Drum technician: Art Smith
  • Piano tuner: Sam Berd



Year Chart Position
2003 Billboard 200 9
2003 Top Internet Albums 7
2003 UK Album Chart 21


  1. ^ Presence Studios - Clients Archived 2014-02-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ discogs.com - Steely Dan Everything Must Go
  3. ^ Everything Must Go at Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  4. ^ "Everything Must Go". Allmusic. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  5. ^ BBC Music review Chris Jones, 2003-05-30
  6. ^ "CG: Steely Dan". Robert Christgau. n.d. Retrieved 2012-01-10.
  7. ^ "Everything Must Go".
  8. ^ Williams, Richard (13 June 2003). "CD: Steely Dan: Everything Must Go". the Guardian.
  9. ^ Mojo, June 2003, p.95
  10. ^ Pareles, Jon. "CRITIC'S CHOICE/New CD's; Tried and True or Being New".
  11. ^ "Steely Dan: Everything Must Go". 24 June 2003.
  12. ^ Q, July 2003, p.113
  13. ^ [1] Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Kaplan, Fred (18 June 2003). "Steely Dan Is Getting Old" – via Slate.
  15. ^ "Steely Dan - Everything Must Go (album review ) - Sputnikmusic". www.sputnikmusic.com.
  16. ^ "Face Value - Uncut". Uncut.
  17. ^ Fagen, Donald (22 October 2013). "Eminent Hipsters". Penguin – via Google Books.
  18. ^ "Steely Dan at the Greek Theater: Concert Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  19. ^ discogs - Everything Must Go CD/DVD Special Edition (Europe)
  20. ^ discogs - Everything Must Go CD/DVD (US)

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