Although it was a critical success, the album failed to generate a hit singleand consequently charted at only number 35 on the Billboard Well-received upon its release, Countdown to Ecstasy received perfect scores from music critics in retrospective reviews. Like their debut album Can't Buy a ThrillCountdown to Ecstasy has a rock sound that exhibits a strong influence from My Old School - Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstasy.
Countdown to Ecstasy also has themes similar to Can't Buy a Thrill. Club wrote that the album has a "dossier of literate lowlifesthe type of character studies that say, 'Why yes, the name Steely Dan is an allusion to a dildo described in Naked Lunch. The album was titled as a joke about attempts to rationalize a state of spirituality. The opening song "Bodhisattva" is a parody of the idea that the disposal of one's possessions is a prerequisite to spiritual enlightenment.
Its My Old School - Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstasy refers to the Bodhisattvathose of the belief that they have achieved spiritual perfection but remain in the material world to help others. Fagen summarized the song's message as "Lure of East.
Hubris of hippies. Quick fix". The original cover painting was by Fagen's then-girlfriend Dorothy White. At the insistence of ABC Records president Jay Lasker, however, several figures had to be added when he My Old School - Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstasy the discrepancy between five band members and three figures on the cover unacceptable.
The proofs for the album cover were later stolen during a dispute over the final layout. It was less commercially successful than Can't Buy a Thrill. Countdown to Ecstasy was well received by contemporary critics. In Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the SeventiesChristgau said Steely Dan had achieved a "deceptively agreeable studio slickness" with Fagen's replacement of Palmer, whom Christgau felt did not fit the group. In his autobiography A Cure for GravityBritish musician Joe Jackson described Countdown to Ecstasy as a musical revelation for him, that bridged the gap between "pure pop " and his jazz-rock and progressive influences, while furthering his attempts at songwriting.
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