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Confidence is the key to Billy Joel’s finest studio album. Pitching himself somewhere between Elton John and Paul McCartney for melodic invention, he delivers songs that demand a muscular rock backing but are happy to flirt with Broadway sparkle to get their point across. And that’s not counting The Stranger’s two tentpole ballads—"Just the Way You Are" and "She’s Always a Woman­”—each strong enough to fend for themselves in anyone's greatest hits.

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normaly i tend to listen to more in the emo / punlk genre... but this album is amazing! i own it on cd, record and tape.... BUY IT!

Okay, I'm old, but

Songs 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 were all huge hits in the late 70s. This album came out when I was 12 and I never owned it, but how in the world did I know all those songs? Because they were always on the radio. This is an amazing album (I just bought Vienna, and I had the rest on a Greatest Hits album). Buy one song to get the album art, it's worth it!


Vienna is probaly one of my favorite songs ever.
thank you, Billy Joel!


Born: May 09, 1949 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Billy Joel never was a critic's favorite, the pianist emerged as one of the most popular singer/songwriters of the latter half of the '70s. Joel's music consistently demonstrates an affection for Beatlesque hooks and a flair for Tin Pan Alley and Broadway melodies. His fusion of two distinct eras made him a superstar in the late '70s and '80s, as he racked an impressive string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles. Born in the Bronx, Joel was raised in the Long Island suburb of Hicksville,...
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