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The Stranger

Billy Joel

1977

The Stranger

Album Summary

The Stranger is the fifth studio album by American singer Billy Joel, released in September 1977 by Columbia Records. It was the first of Joel's albums to be produced by Phil Ramone, with whom he would work for five subsequent albums.The Stranger was released a year following Joel's previous studio effort, Turnstiles, which had sold modestly and peaked low on the US charts, prompting Columbia to consider dropping Joel if his next release did not sell well. Joel wanted the album to feature his newly formed touring band that had formed during the production of Turnstiles, which consisted of drummer Liberty DeVitto, bassist Doug Stegmeyer, and multi-instrumentalist saxophonist/organist Richie Cannata. Seeking out a new producer, he first turned to veteran Beatles producer George Martin before coming across and settling on Ramone, whose name he had seen on albums by other artists such as Paul Simon. Recording took place across the span of three weeks, with DeVitto, Stegmeyer and Cannata being featured in addition to other studio musicians filling in as guitarists on various songs. Spending six weeks at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200, The Stranger is considered Joel's critical and commercial breakthrough. Four singles were released in the US, all of which became top-40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts: "Just the Way You Are" (No. 3), "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)", "She's Always a Woman" (both No. 17), and "Only the Good Die Young" (No. 24). Other songs, such as "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" and "Vienna", have become staples of his career and are frequently performed in his live shows. The album won two awards at the 1978 Grammy Awards, winning Record of the Year as well as Song of the Year for "Just the Way You Are". It remains his best-selling non-compilation album to date, and surpassed Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge over Troubled Water to become Columbia's best-selling album release, with more than 10 million units sold worldwide. Rolling Stone later named it one of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Rating

3.76

Votes

5495

Genres

  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Thu Nov 12 2020
5

Fucking great album. Tons of tracks that stand out as singles, but also work together to tell a complete and compelling story

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Mon May 17 2021
4

It's fashionable to rank on Billy Joel. Hell, he brought it on himself with the 2nd act of his career in the 80s. Actually, this is one of those rare times when it's legitimate to talk about an artist's personal life impacts his professional work. Billy Joel made bank in the 70s, but his accountant embezzled it all and fled with his ill gotten gains to Brazil. (Joel's wife Christie Brinkley, an astute businesswoman who happened to also be a model, was the one who figured out he was being swindled.) Just about the time that Billy Joel was set to wind down his career, he was forced to go back to work and rebuild his fortune. It showed in his subsequent work. All the accusations against Joel, that he was a hack, a journeyman without a soul, an expert at mimicking other better artists, a charlatan and a fake, were seemingly confirmed by tripe like We Didn't Start The Fire and Pressure. But it wasn't always so. Billy Joel's earnestness and tin pan alley style songcraft and slick and mannered performance style couldn't be less fashionable nowadays, but he was actually a skilled musician who had a knack for penning sharply observed working class vignettes. Nowhere was this more evident than in The Stranger, Joel's commercial peak. Aside from Just The Way You Are, which was inescapable in weddings for at least a generation, the album is stuffed with earworms and memorable tales like Moving Out, Only The Good Die Young, Get It Right The First Time, and Scenes From an Italian Restaurant. Only the closer Everybody Has A Dream, with Billy Joel channeling his inner Ray Charles, tips into unrestrained bathos. For those who despise Billy Joel, I get it, but the craft and skill here are undeniable. I myself prefer my music much less mainstream, not so slick, etc, so I'll dun this pretty much perfectly executed album a star. 4/5

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

Just straight beautiful, catchy, well written songs

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Is it because you'd have to turn the dial in the car just right in order to get the right channel, so you just left it on something that played static free music and so you heard a lot of Billy Joel? Or is this really an album you want to be stranded on an island with?

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Really good album, so used to hi greatest hits it was great to listen to the original album and get the added song flow. Loved it.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

Every song is a stone cold hit. Short and sweet, leaves you wanting more.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

I almost knocked a star off because of the saxophone solo but I couldn't do it. The storytelling on display here is top-notch. Joel's performances are flawless and his songwriting is compelling. Just a really great album stacked with songs that are full of all the feels.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Pour la petite anecdote, Billy Joel avait écrit cet album en pensant le proposer à Michael Jackson. Ce dernier refusa et c'est finalement Shrek qui eut la chance de l'interpréter.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

Yikes...Billy Joel. The natural reaction to being asked to listen to Billy Joel is to recoil. This is the man that brought the world Uptown Girl, after all. The video from the Westlife cover version of that song still occasionally frequents my nightmares. Those four (or is it five?) cherubic Irish scamps, running amok in some kind of 50s cafeteria, dancing with mops and buckets in their blue rockabilly shirts. How can I forgive Billy Joel for being the nexus event that led to that?! The problem is, you can't help but enjoy The Stranger. It's the sort of album you might expect The Special Forces to pump through a tannoy into a Guantanamo cell, on repeat - along with the Barney theme tune - assuming it will grind a terrorist suspect into confession, only to find it has indoctrinated them into being Kool-Aid-drinking, American Dream-obsessing aficionados. It's just so American. But it's the America of a not-too-distant but completely bygone era. Some pre-Internet other-world where people lived like the lead characters from Friends. Close your eyes and imagine Chandler Bing listening to 'Just the Way You Are', before running out into the hustle of Fifth Avenue in his navy cashmere overcoat and chasing after the girl of his dreams, barging people out of the way so that he can catch up with her and then have a panic attack and not tell her how he feels. Like Hootie and the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View', Billy Joel's 'The Stanger' is music for the Chandler Bings. Either that or it's music for the Patrick Batemans. But before you've worked out which one it is, you're hooked by the fun jingle-jangle of the opening track, Movin' Out, and it doesn't really matter either way. Then the piano from the title track kicks in and you recognise it as the sample from Xzibit's amazing 'At the Speed of Life' track 'The Foundation', and before you know it you've worked your way through the entire album to 'Everybody Has a Dream' and you've walked into a New York fashion outlet and bought an expensive navy cashmere overcoat of your very own. And when you leave that shop you're gunna have no choice but listen to The Stranger on your Walkman again as you hit the high street. Some people will look at you and see a Chandler Bing. Others will look at you and see a Patrick Bateman. But by this point you don't really care. You're living in some weird alternate early 90s white collar central park office block coffee shop wall street burst fire hydrant subway train American dream. Thanks a lot Billy Joel.

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Thu Dec 10 2020
5

moving owt lol this has all the best billy joel song imo hence this is the best billy joel album for me (so far)

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Wed Sep 09 2020
5

Money!

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

A couple of songs I was not familiar with, but the ones I know are some of my favourites.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Classic Joel Scenes from an Italian good for long-form Pretty good shortforms/casuals

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Banger

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Classic. I loved it, again.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Very fun! Many classics

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

I like where the first song goes "ACK, ACK, ACK, ACK, ACK".

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Thu Jan 14 2021
1

The music and instrumentation in Billy's music is always fantastic, but his lyrical work and storytelling is a huge showstopper for me. "A bottle of red, a bottle of white/It all depends upon your appetite/I'll meet you any time you want/In our Italian Restaurant"? Come on, the only thing cheesier than that would be... Velveeta fondue. Things took a turn for the unsettling when I got around to actually listening to the lyrics of "Only The Good Die Young", and I honestly gave up on the album after that. Billy Joel is the straighter, less interesting, slightly creepy Elton John, and I'd honestly be perfectly fine never hearing a song of his agian.

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Mon Sep 21 2020
5

Loved it already!

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Tue May 18 2021
5

grande billy joel do uptown girl

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

top 2 by mister Joel

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Amazing and classic album.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Holy toledo. This is an entire career on a single album. Pretty damn impressive.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

Really quite good. Certified bangerlicious

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

This album promotes ear strengths- varied and catchy and I haven’t heard it all together before

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

bellisimo

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Loved it. Each song was like a story and I’ll definitely be listening multiple times.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
5

Amazing album, one of my personal favorites this past year. Each song is a banger even though they can get a little corny.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
5

O cara é BOM, excelentes música e ótima voz

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

One of best pop albums of the 70s, of all-time indeed. An inspired man at the peak of his powers.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Clásico volver a escuchar

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Every song is a stone cold hit. Short and sweet, leaves you wanting more.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
5

Joel z lat 70 to moj ulubiony Joel, a wlasnie tym albumem zapewnil sobie sukces jako topowy popularny spiewak lat 80, ale chyba pierwszy raz sluchalem calego albumu od deski do deski, bo poza zaslyszanymi gdzieniedzie kawalkami najczesciej dowiadywalem sie o tworczosci joela z dorobku murzynskich raperow lat 90 i takie zdziwienie, gdy odkrywasz w samplach snoopa czy xzibita kawalki joelowe, nawet nie mowie o genialnych pianinkach ktore potrafi on przemycic w swych aranzacjach, ale u niektorych murzynskich artystow pojawiaja sie nawet doslowne covery jak u brand nubianow czy ATCQ, a to pokazuje jak bardzo influencyjne jego albumiki byly, jak dlaa mnie hajlajtami albumiku otwierajacy moving out oraz vienna, prosto w feelsy, pierwsza piatka z 1001 albumow zaliczona

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

This album forms almost a quarter of the tracks on his Greatest Hits collection (5 out of 21), but they're all good.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

Bloody loved this album. What a singer and songwriter he is.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

too close to be impartial. If that's what it's all about... Billy, I love you just the way you are.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Classic

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Absolute classic. Non stop hits. Love the key changes. Probably the best album in a brilliant career.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

A grand record! It turns out I know every song on this album from my childhood. It's an album about life, modernity, struggle, love, death, all of it. It has an everyman quality about it and the production is divine. Not one bad song on the record. I bought it just now!

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Great album front to back! Big fan

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Amazing classic album! Fav tracks include Vienna, Movin’ Out, and Only the Good Die Young! However, each track was great and very enjoyable!

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

YESSSS UNCLE BILLY Literal excellence Favorites: Just The Way You Are Vienna She's Always A Woman Everybody Has A Dream

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Sun Apr 11 2021
5

Great album

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

Hit after hit, it's almost a cliche.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Best Songs: - Movin Out - Vienna Love the outro

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Sat Jun 19 2021
5

A great album start to finish! I didnt realise how many of Joel's greatest songs were on this album.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Great album.

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Tue May 11 2021
5

5/5 - Super cool. Whoever said he was in between EJ and PmC was right - very nice vibe to it

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

I don't even have to think about this one. Five stars with a bullet. One of my favorite albums of all time.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

C L A S S I C

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Classic. Love every song. Five out of Five Stars. Favorite songs. Scene's From an Italian Restaurant, Vienna, The Stranger, Everybody Has a Dream and all the hits (Moving Out, Just the Way you are, Only the Good Die Young, She's Always a Woman).

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Mon Aug 02 2021
5

I was already familiar with this one so it was great to have an excuse to put it on the new system at home. Anyone who doesn’t rate this album 5 stars is crazy.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

There is a dearth of truly memorable songs in today’s pop landscape, and this is an album full of them. The Stranger is a tight, beautifully produced collection of catchy, classic songs. It’s one of the great albums of its era and delightful to listen to, always. It’s impressive to me looking now how many hits reside on this album. Some of the songs have been overplayed in the past 40 years, but they also ended up being true classics. It’s hard to hear this album and not find a song you know very well. Joel's longevity is a testament to his singular talents as a singer and songwriter, as well as the universal likeability of this music. Admit it, it's also hard to listen to this album and not find yourself in a good mood. Fave songs: The Stranger, Vienna, I'm Movin' Out, Only the Good Die Young

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

It's been a while since I've listened to this album. Billy Joel is another artist that I nearly categorically adore. I like every tune on this album, but can understand why other people don't. Still, for me, it's 5 stars!

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

incredible showstopping never been done before will make me cry like a baby

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Sun Sep 12 2021
5

classic

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Mon Sep 20 2021
5

I'd forgotten how brilliant this album is. Five absolute belters and the other four are bloody good, too. He said some nasty things about Christie Brinkley, but his music is wonderful.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

loved every song in this album. groovy beats let the lyrics stand out. there's a lovely, special energy here

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

Супер альбом

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

Vraiment un album excellent. Une super belle écoute. Je n'avais jamais entendu cet album et je le regrette. un classique vraiment en plein dans mon syle ! 5* :)

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

Loved this! Some fantastic songs in there, never listened to a BJ album start to finish. Glad I have. What a great song writer

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Tue Oct 05 2021
5

Not a bad track on this album. Even the less popular/well-known tracks are great.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

Had to throw on my vinyl copy for this one. One the best $1 records I ever bought. Hands down my favorite Billy Joel album. Starts strong with Moving Out. Then goes all over the place for the rest of Side 1. Feel like "Just The Way You Are" is a response to 10ccs "I'm Not in Love" but more positive and sincere. "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is like Showtune-Prog. Wouldn't be surprised if an actual full blown Broadway musical is made out of this song someday. Then onto Side 2, beginning with my all time favorite Billy Joel track, "Vienna." Feel like you gotta have some mileage behind you to appreciate that tune to it's fullest, but it's really a message for the young - so listen up kiddos! This ain't cheese, it's a rich and complex flavor best appreciated by a refined palette.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

Cool album, interesting choice of songs to put under a unified group.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
5

Incredible Album!

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

I have loved this album for years. Joel’s voice, his melodies. Fantastic.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

One of my favorite albums ever, I know the lyrics to nearly every song. New discovery: Everyone Has a Dream

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

I didn't know that I knew a good chunk of the album already, it was a good listen, but I won't come back to it any time soon.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

This is a classic. Doesen't even have pianoman, uptown girl or we didn't start the fire, but the album just flows so well. Wait I know "Just the Way You Are" so well, haha. I forgot tha name. I love this. Yeah the lyrics are not the best, but damn are the tunes catchy! Very easily digestible, and that is not always a bad thing. 5

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Responses to music are so subjective. This reminds me of my father, so it’s an automatic 5 stars.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Wow

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

I'd consider this the quintessential Billy Joel album

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Sat Dec 04 2021
5

Class album

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

Listened to Billy Joel's Greatest Hits endlessly on car trips as a kid so I'm familiar with 90% of these songs but whenever one comes on I've never heard I'm always like "wtf is this?"

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Great Album

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

genieten, ga ik nog vaak luisteren. de cover alleen als is mooi

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Every song is a classic on here, can't hate on Billy Joel

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Masterful. Gorgeous songwriting. A true classic. So many wonderful tracks that it's nearly impossible to pick a fave. But...if I had to choose...it would be either "The Stranger" or "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant".

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Dit album is een feest der herkenning. Volgens mij had ik vroeger een kopie op cassettebandje. Billy Joel is een van mijn favoriete artiesten, maar heb dit album zelf al heeeeel lang niet meer geluisterd. Verbaasd me hoeveel leuke nummers er eigenlijk staan! ****** Helaas zijn er maar 5 sterren uit te delen :-)

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Sun Jan 16 2022
5

Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

My first 8 track. Great songs!

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

jos ugodinije i jos relaxije, 5

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

So many tunes I just absolutely love!

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Such a delightful album with good variation in the tunes, beautiful vocals, fun songs. Songs like Scenes from an Italian Restaurant has nice progressions and changes in tune combined with nice saxophone! And Billy's songs are good at brining my friends together which adds to the Joy. I can only ask: when will you realize, Billy waits for you?

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

This album is great, especially Scenes from an Italian Restaurant. One of Billy Joel’s best.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

i love elton john <333 not to be basic but vienna <3333333 also scenes from an italian restaurant is literally piano man...still hits tho!!!!

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Fantastic album! Don’t know what else to say about it. I listened to this album already many times and it’s still great! Favourite songs: - Scenes from a Italian restaurant - Vienna - She’s always a woman

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

It's like listening to a greatest hits album. There are 9 tracks on this album and at least 6 are greatest hits (Movin' Out, The Stranger, Just the Way You Are, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Only the Good Die Young, She's Always a Woman). Crazy. The remaining tracks are all good but simply not as great as the other six. Bottom line is Billy Joel is a great songwriter, so this album is an easy 5.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Another tough one. For sure a 4 given its singles. Just the Way You Are and She's Always a Woman are two beautifully written and sounding classics (as beautiful as Let it Be or Hey Jude). Only the Good Die Young is one of my favorite Joel tunes - super fun and great lyrics. Movin' Out is almost as foot-tappingly fun and good, but there's always been something about it that didn't quite compute (is it all the ack's?). Of his apparently beloved other songs, I really enjoyed Scenes from a Restaurant (especially the more sombre start) but was a bit ho-hum on Vienna. The latter definitely got better and better the more I listened (10 times?). But I found title track and the last two tracks a bit meh. So, what do you give an album with 5.5 great songs and 3 so-so's? I'm at 4.5 so which way to tip? I'm going to round up for the start of both Get it Right the First time and Everybody has a Dream - the former reminded me of Paul Simon's work (a good thing) and the latter opened soft and sweet even if the last 2 minutes was unnecessary.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Top five of Billy Joel's albums. It's weird how I have moved on from his stuff, but it's nice to come back to it, like an old friend. Every song on this one is a singalong, as opposed to some of his other albums which are really good, but you just don't have that feeling to sing along with them. Billy Joel himself seemed to push Vienna a LOT in later years, and it's easy to see why, it is an underrated gem. Even the songs that are the hits do not feel overplayed to me (I'm looking at you, "Piano Man." God if I hear that song one more time...) This one really put him out there in the mainstream. And rightfully so, it's a great album.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

I love this MAN

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

Hell yes!

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

A lot of great tracks off of this album. Billy Joel is at the top of his game.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Billy Joel! Classic!

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Amazing. I'm a sucker for Mr. Joel. "The Stranger" goes hard!

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

Svidia mi se baš jako! Baš zabavno

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

divota!! Dva puta san ga poslušala

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

7/9 tracks are unmistakeably brilliant, only the last couple falling off a bit. Still an easy 5 for me, just can't believe I've gone so long without listening to this.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

Really holds up well. The songs are all mini-masterpieces and my amazement at its quality seems as fresh 40+ years on. The songs are interesting and accessible and the playing suggests the band is having fun and there are just enough barbs, bitterness and irony to elevate it above commercial pop. The pure New Yorkiness is great, too – think early years of SNL and Woody Allen and the Big Apple’s bankruptcy. We know “Only the Good Die Young” is a great rock n roll song because Catholic mothers all over the country were warning of its evils in the late ‘70s. Only dud for me is the snoozefest “She’s Only a Woman.” The reprising whistle ending is a nice touch to close out a fun and musically substantive ride. 4.5 for 5.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

Billy Joel is fantastically talented. The lyrics in this album are great stories and woven with the instrumentals in a catchy way, making hit after hit. Great album.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

absolutely fantastic

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

oh my god! this album! THIS ALBUM!!!!! i really grew up with this, with my parents playing this album a lot. it's perfect, from start to finish. "movin' out (anthony's song)" is one of the greatest opening songs. the tires screeching on the pavement! "just the way you are" is one of the all-time greatest romantic songs. with lyrics like "i couldn't love you any better/i love you just the way you are"--are you kidding me? "scenes from an italian restaurant," a song that creates such a vivid picture in my mind. "vienna" contains a wonderful life lesson. the whistling in "the stranger" in the beginning and end, tying the song together in a neat bow--then the melody and whistling returns in "everybody has a dream." billy joel, his melodic voice, his beautiful piano playing. every song is unique and contains beautiful lyrics. you couldn't stop me from giving this 5 stars. a joy to listen.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

really enjoyed this, a lot of hits and classics

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Fri May 06 2022
5

não estava preparado para gostar tanto desse álbum. baladinhas românticas com ótimos arranjos, numa pegada que me lembrou algumas obras do paul mccartney. merece estar em todas as compilações de soft rock e eu já devia ter ouvido antes.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

I kinda hate and love Billy Joel at the same time. It’s so cheesy and corny, but I also crank every song and jam to it. Same with Bon Jovi. Plus I think every song on this album charted excepted for like two. That’s impressive.

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Sat May 14 2022
5

Undeniably Billy Joel's best

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

What a great album! I knew if Billy's legend status but had never really heard anything of his music. This is how I expected and wanted Elton John's music to sound: pompous, sophisticated yet easy listening, meaningful lyrics yet catchy songs

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

I’ve always liked billy Joel but this album so far surpasses my expectations. He’s really like an Elliot Erwitt with his compelling narratives and playful barbs at the American condition. And then on top of that the sax rocks and there’s a random boss’s nova background band for get it right the first time. Just fantastic

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

It was fun from the get-go. I liked his voice.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

Pretty cool

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

One of the greatest albums ever made, without a doubt.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

Ya got me billy

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

It is blasphemous that this album only has a 3.75 star average at the time of writing (Jun 27, '22). Such an incredibly strong album from start to finish. Almost every song was a hit or recognizable. One of the easiest perfect scores I've give yet. 10/10

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

highlights: -movin' out -the stranger -just the way you are -everybody has a dream liked: kinda yeah, my dad would listen to this

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Loved this ‘80’s Goth.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

I can't help it, I love this album.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

this one has so many of my fave songs by him

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

Fabulously nostalgic. It feels crazy, but Billy Joel nails the feel of longing for the past while also sounding youthful. Old soul, young body maybe.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Never really done Billy Joel, surprised how many songs I recognised, this was fabulous

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

LOVE THIS ALBUM

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Billy Joel made this album as an early 20-something on Long Island. As a fellow 20-something on Long Island, a lot of the themes still stand the test of time.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Any billy joel album is an easy listen on my 61 mile commute

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

I love Billy Joel!!! What a great writer.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

When it comes to Billy Joel I know some people get a little sick of it, stuff like Piano Man seemingly playing wherever you go, and a lot of his other songs being so well known that they seem to be heard at least once a week, but doesn't that just show the man's talent for this sort of thing, especially when the songs you don't hear everyday have that same level of quality? That level of quality doesn't shine brighter than The Stranger. Every single song on this album is excellent, even the longer ones which any other artist of the time would have caused it to feel as though the song is a drag, but not on this album. The album even flows well from song to song, with each placement just making sense. Sure, some of Joel's songs may be a little cheesy, but the musicality and enjoyment from each song on this album gives me no other choice but to give it five stars.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Billy Joel, what a legend. I know so many of these songs but never listened to the full album! Great stuff honestly. Big fan.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
5

Rating: 10/10

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Great all the way through

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Brilliant album. So varied and each song is excellent. Really enjoyed one of the best so far

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

Stone classic.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

It was a pleasure revisiting this album again. I keep forgetting how many good songs are stacked in here ranging from pop, ballads and even a multi-part suite. Joel's piano and the sax plus woodwind goes hard too. Just a great time.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

meh

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Best album he has recorded

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

"Art decorates space, music decorates time". This album was from a well decorated period of my life and the songs herein are from back when I was alive and love was new and life itself was large. Great kick-off for the week

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Decent.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

An interesting album from the cover, like many artists the magic of Joel is in their lyrics, some more complicated than others, but also a lot of magic it's in the music itself. A strange combination of relaxing rythms with some acoustic rock, a really enjoyable album.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

Outstandingly beautiful. Every song was masterfully crafted, im glad I got to listen to this.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
5

Just bangers.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

5/5. Although the last song isn’t my favorite, every song after another is a classic. I can choose any song and be fine with listening to it.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Comincia di sicuro molto bene. Bellissima 'Just the way you are', il resto dà delle Elton John vibes. Wow: un album stupendo!

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Extremely good

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

A superb album by a national treasure

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Good stuff, really enjoyed.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

Excellent album

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

Absolute classic album. The whistle on the stranger is iconic. Scenes from an Italian restaurant is also probably one of his best songs

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

I've never listened to the album but I've heard a few songs from it on the radio/rage/etc. I'll probably recognise a couple of others as well. Easy 4/5. Billy Joel might be a real prick but jeez he can write a song. I guess Elton John comparisons? Either way I'm gonna remember this album for background drinking music etc (for when I get bored of malevolent creation ha ha ha)

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Wed Sep 16 2020
4

Great album, loved it.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

What a delightful album! 8/10 FT: The stranger

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Billy Joel's biggest hits are elsewhere, but his best songs are here. This is him at his purest, I guess. Best track: Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

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Wed Dec 30 2020
4

swag

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

det här är ett riktigt bra album. öppnar starkt med movin' out och fortsätter egentligen bara öka. har lyssnat hela helgen för att bestämma om det är en femma men dit når det inte riktigt.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Oh who would have thought, another rock album...I liked the sax in just the way you are. It's a decent album.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

absolute classic, every song a hit

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Nice to listen to the full album. "She's always a woman to me" very classic!

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

Some really great songs.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Used to play this on Roy’s old vinyl

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Fav Song: Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

memories, was good to hear

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Great album, scenes is a fantastic song

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

So many hits! Great album

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

I like Billy Joel. Nice album. Nice to listen to. And some songs I recognized.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Very good album. Maybe it's just me but it gave me a lot of Graceland vibes even though it's quite different.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

👌🏽just 👌🏽

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

He’s an asshole but alright

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Suprisingly good. Pleasant surprise.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

I've always appreciated Billy Joel even if not someone I listened to all that often. This album is full of great songs.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

I've never been a big Billy Joel fan, but this was a really great album to listen to! I mean, of course it has the hits like "Anthony's song" "Just the Way You Are" etc, but songs like "Vienna" and "Get It Right The First Time" were brilliant.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

Surprising, some great songs I hadn't heard, some classics, some a bit less.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

very yacht rock, I'd put this when I'm down to go down

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Très bon album! Pour une fois qu'ils mettents quelques hits d'un artiste! J'ai eu un faible pour la radio connexe que spotify m'a fait jouer après!

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

enfin ...un vrai meme si c est des chansons d amour c est tout bon voix texte musique

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Really enjoyed this one.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

One of the great songwriters with possibly his finest album. Musically it’s somewhere between Elton John and the Beatles and that suits my own taste just fine. Only the good die young is one of my favourite songs ever. 4/5

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

good album, billy joel is one of the greats and he doesnt have many, if any, bad songs or albums

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

false

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

A true classic from a great songwriter. He's not my favorite, but there's no denying his talent.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Not bad.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Tykkäsin monipuolisesta instrumenttien käytöstä. Silti yksinkertaisen letkeää ja hyvin ajanhammasta kestänyttä musisointia. 3,5 mutta nostetaan tällä kertaa ylöspäin. Annoin levylle toisen kuuntelukerrankin, vaikka kymmenet ja kymmenet rästit odottaa.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

There's something comforting about Billy Joel. He's always been around, these songs are deeply embedded in the psyche as though they'd always been there. It's like a sign of maturity when you realise he's great, it happens in everyone's life eventually. Great songs, great music.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

One of Joel’s best. A personal favourite. Side A is pure excellence, but side B lets it down a bit.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Didn't think I knew any songs on this album and ended up knowing almost all of them.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

4/5 Fint album

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Generally not my style, but total classic

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Really enjoyable, especially Anthony's song. Great lyrics

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Fun, upbeat, classic Billy Joel

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Thu May 27 2021
4

very good

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Classic 70s

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Great tunes with good storytelling and dynamics! I didn't realize I liked Billy Joel so much.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

This is definitely peak Billy Joel. I needed this one today.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

I liked it more than I thought I would like a Billy Joel album. I enjoy his storytelling in songs in this album. Highlights: 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Catchy but reminds me of Ted so I think will always have a sore spot - damn music and it’s power over nostalgia! And regrets? 8/10

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Never listened to a whole Billy Joel felt good

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Tue May 25 2021
4

A lot of hits. Easy listening.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

A lot of hits!

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Det här GILLAS! Fan vad mysigt. Utöver Piano Man har jag varit i mörkret när det gäller denna pärla. Otrolig röst och ett välspelat piano gör att man känner sig alldeles varm inombords. Under någon låt sänks intresset något kanske. Men sedan återkommer lugnet och den fina känslan av trygghet. "Vienna" och "She's Always a Woman", är riktiga pärlor. Bäst: "Vienna"

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Thu May 27 2021
4

4

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Oh, I've heard this one. Just looking at the track list, this is actually pretty single-heavy. Short in terms of number of songs, though "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is on the list, so that's basically three songs right there. I'm not a big Billy Joel guy because I feel like he's a distant third of the Springsteen/Elton group and gets unjustly included alongside them, but I could see this being the album of his I find easiest and breeziest to just throw on. Oh, I didn't know "The Stranger" was this song. I've heard this one before too. Every time it got near the chorus, I kept thinking it was going to be "That's All" by Genesis. I'm still completely and thoroughly unable to listen to "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" without thinking of the John Oliver segment on public defenders. Anyway, pretty good album.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

This was a great experience. The only gripe I have with this album (and most Billy Joel songs) is that they sound good once in a one month period, and this album is no different. It sounds fantastic and held my attention, but I would never put it into a playlist or mix. It's likely the "pop" feel of songs that makes them unrepeatable. Favorite track: Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Full of classics, can't deny a great album.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

A very solid collection of tunes

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Mon May 24 2021
4

6/10

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