Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
the online library of pop writing

Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos — Drowning not waving

Mat Snow, MOJO, December 2012

SUNKEN CONDOS: it's an eerie image; all our iPads, Audi TTs and bubble money submerged like Debussy's piano prelude 'La Cathedrale Engloutie'. So too our individual lives, it all ends in briny tears. One song here analogises climate catastrophe with the 'Weather In My Head', but Fagen won't wallow in such shallows without cracking wise; if this East Coast jazznik has ever in 40 years bared his soul in song, it's cryptically behind hipster shades.

Total word count of piece: 455


Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.