Walk Between Raindrops
The ex-Steely Dan perfectionist builds on a great concept, with an album that chronicles Fagen's teenage fantasies about his sci-fi life as a Manhattan sophisticate. The retro-futurism includes the globe hopping "I.G.Y.," the bomb-shelter romance of "New Frontier," and the Cuban intrigue of "The Goodbye Look." The existential jazz D.J. of the title tune almost serves as a guide to the album's narratives.