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Essentially a more sensibly scaled rendering of the excellent Citizen Steely Dan box set, his two-disc compilation culls 32 craftily crafted nuggets from the potentates of penetrating pop -- or, in their later years, the monarchs of enigmatic mellowness. Presented chronologically, the songs on Showbiz Kids offer plenty of follow-the-bouncing-ball cues to help you gauge the erratic evolution of Steely Dan. Beginning with the cynically sizzling rock tone of Can't Buy a Thrill tunes like "Do It Again" and "Reelin' in the Years," disc one dovetails nicely into increasingly offbeat constructions like the homicidal "Black Friday" and the Hunter Thompson-in-the-tropics yarn "Doctor Wu." The nicely annotated set's second disc picks up the thread at that frazzled end, teasing listeners with tales of glamour and distress like the patricide anthem "Don't Take Me Alive" and the prescient safe-sex ditty "The Fez" before offering a breather in the form of the burnished radio staples that dominated Aja -- notably "Deacon Blues." Steely Dan completists won't find anything new lurking under these covers, but those seeking an entry into the world of this dazzlingly complex band would be hard-pressed to do better than Showbiz Kids.