Two Against Nature

Two Against Nature
Studio album by Steely Dan
Released February 29, 2000
Recorded 1997–99
Genre Jazz rock[1]
Length 51:25
Label Giant
Producer Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Steely Dan chronology
Plush TV Jazz-Rock Party
Two Against Nature
Everything Must Go
Singles from Two Against Nature
  1. "Cousin Dupree"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Jack of Speed"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Janie Runaway"
    Released: 2000

Two Against Nature is the eighth album by Steely Dan, released in 2000. The album won the group four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. It marked the first Steely Dan studio album in 20 years, following 1980's Gaucho. It has been certified platinum in the U.S.

Two Against Nature marked Steely Dan's long-awaited debut for Warner Bros. Records - through a sub-label, Giant Records. They intended to release Gaucho on Warner Bros. after their longtime label ABC Records merged with MCA Records, but MCA claimed ownership of the master recordings. As a result, the band was forced to release Gaucho on MCA (which has since been absorbed into Geffen Records). The group's leaders, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, accepted all four Grammys the album won, including Album of the Year.

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic77/100 [2]
Review scores
Robert Christgau(A)[4]
Entertainment Weekly(A)[5]
The Guardianpositive[6]
Rolling Stone[12]
Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music[14]

Track listing

All songs written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

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


Steely Dan

Additional musicians


  • 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, Donald Fagen, Michael Leonhart
  • Project manager: Jill Dell'Abate
  • Project coordinator: Suzana Haugh
  • Consultant: Michael Leonhart
  • Piano tuner: Sam Berd
  • Electric piano technician: Edd Kolakowski
  • Design: Carol Bobolts
  • Photography: Michael Northrup/Jason Fulford
  • Copyist: Michael Leonhart


Chart (2000) Peak
The Billboard 200 6
Top Internet Albums 2
UK Album Chart 11


2001 Grammy Awards
Winner Category
"Cousin Dupree" Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Two Against Nature Album of the Year
Two Against Nature Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
Two Against Nature Best Pop Vocal Album


  1. Two Against Nature at Metacritic Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  2. Thomas, Stephen (2000-02-29). "Two Against Nature - Steely Dan : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  3. 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.
  4. Entertainment Weekly review
  5. The Guardian "Are you smart enough to like it?" Euan Ferguson, February 20, 2000
  6. Mojo, March 2000, p.102
  7. NME review
  8. Pitchfork Media review
  9. PopMatters review
  10. Q, April 2000, p.94
  11. "Steely Dan: Two Against Nature : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 2000-03-16. Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  12. Uncut, March 2000, p.90
  13. Steely Dan: Two Against Nature
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