9 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

"Modern Woman"—a top 10 single from the soundtrack of Ruthless People—served as a preview to Billy Joel's first album following his landmark collections Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2, which summed up his career thus far. The Bridge was meant to start the next phase. With new bride Christie Brinkley on his arm, Joel was more than up to the task. Synthesizers were in vogue, as were songs with sharp melodies—and Joel was a master of both. "Running on Ice" is Joel's take on The Police. "A Matter of Trust" throws in cheesy '80s guitars and shoulder-padded beats, but it still walks away with a confident strut and is among Joel's most underrated tracks. "Baby Grand" pairs him with his hero Ray Charles. "Code of Silence" teams him up with '80s girl Cyndi Lauper. Jazz musicians Ron Carter and Michael Brecker join him for "Big Man on Mulberry Street," where Joel sounds like he's just showing off that he can do anything. Steve Winwood turns on the Hammond B-3, and Joel heads to the Fender Rhodes for "Getting Closer."

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EDITORS’ NOTES

"Modern Woman"—a top 10 single from the soundtrack of Ruthless People—served as a preview to Billy Joel's first album following his landmark collections Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2, which summed up his career thus far. The Bridge was meant to start the next phase. With new bride Christie Brinkley on his arm, Joel was more than up to the task. Synthesizers were in vogue, as were songs with sharp melodies—and Joel was a master of both. "Running on Ice" is Joel's take on The Police. "A Matter of Trust" throws in cheesy '80s guitars and shoulder-padded beats, but it still walks away with a confident strut and is among Joel's most underrated tracks. "Baby Grand" pairs him with his hero Ray Charles. "Code of Silence" teams him up with '80s girl Cyndi Lauper. Jazz musicians Ron Carter and Michael Brecker join him for "Big Man on Mulberry Street," where Joel sounds like he's just showing off that he can do anything. Steve Winwood turns on the Hammond B-3, and Joel heads to the Fender Rhodes for "Getting Closer."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
47 Ratings
47 Ratings
RJpope ,

Awesome...

Amazing album! Joel wrote timeless lyrics on this one. Check out 'Matter of Trust' and 'Code of Silence.' The songs say everything you hope they would say in three minutes. 'Running on Ice' and 'Baby Grand' are amazing as well. Just good songs written by a good song writer.

flabbadydoo ,

Great Album Period

Pay no attention to the lefty reviewer with his Reagan hang ups. (What does Reagan have to do with Baby Grand or any other song?). I loved this Album because it was so different from the all of his other 80's albums and harks back to his jazzier 70's works, which I always thought were some of his best. Billy Joel is a unique artist in that each album is really something new and not a retread of what has come before. This album has great lyrics and melodies performed by a top flight band and Joels vocals are as good as they always were. I don't mind the synthesizers ( I guess that is what makes it dated), but Running on Ice would sound better if it were piano, but that's a small thing. If you like Billy you will love this one too.

AvivaG ,

Terrific little album

When it comes to Billy Joel, I don't bother comparing songs to others. That's because you can never pin him down to a particular musical style. This album is an example of his continued experimentation with different instruments and sounds. Synth, big band, guest duets... and as always he wows me with piano stylings. I've never gotten tired of listening to this album, ever since I was a kid in the 80's! Just as he did in the 70's, he produced pop without sounding just like everyone else, ever. Of course it's useful to remember the date of this album because of the sensibilities in "Modern Woman" and the Police-like pre-ska sound of "Running on Ice," but of course only Billy could have squeezed in lyrics like "The culmination of technology and civilized experience..." My only complaint? Too short!

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