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Editors’ Notes

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.

Customer Reviews

I Remeber This!!

This album is sweet. I remeber being little (around 5), and just today I say it listened to the clips and it brought back memories from many long car rides to CA! This is a great album, from a great artist and you should totally buy it!!

Musical Genius is Joel

I am a huge Billy Joel fan, and this is his best album to date. Every song is unique in its own way. "The Stranger" is one of Joel's best writings, but it is not one of his most well-known works unfortunately. "Vienna" and "Scenes from an Italian Restauraunt" are also two excellent works. This is just another PERFECT album in Billy Joel's PERFECT career. If you love music in general, Billy Joel is the perfect singer. He has clearly tackled every type of music except crap (excuse me rap). Anyway, Buy this album!

My Favorite Billy Joel Album

This is a remarkably complete album, phenomenal in nearly every aspect. It is filled with popular hits, but it has a special mystifying quality that can only be discovered when listened to from start to finish. So I would recommend buying the entire album, or at least the songs you don’t have already so you can listen to the collection as an entity. This flawless album is, in my opinion, Joel’s best. Buy “Piano Man” if you loved this one. That is a close second.


Born: May 9, 1949 in Bronx, NY

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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