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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

3.74

Votes

4423

Genres

  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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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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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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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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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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5

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

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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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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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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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5

Money!

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5

Just straight beautiful, catchy, well written songs

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5

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

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5

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

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5

Classic. I loved it, again.

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

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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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5

Loved it already!

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5

grande billy joel do uptown girl

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5

top 2 by mister Joel

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5

Banger

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5

Amazing and classic album.

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5

Very fun! Many classics

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5

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

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5

Really quite good. Certified bangerlicious

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5

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

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5

bellisimo

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5

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

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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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5

O cara é BOM, excelentes música e ótima voz

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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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5

Clásico volver a escuchar

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5

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

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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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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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5

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

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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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5

Classic

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5

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

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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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5

Great album front to back! Big fan

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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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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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5

Great album

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5

Hit after hit, it's almost a cliche.

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5

Best Songs: - Movin Out - Vienna Love the outro

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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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5

Great album.

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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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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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5

C L A S S I C

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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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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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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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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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5

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

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5

classic

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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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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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5

Супер альбом

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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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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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5

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

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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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5

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

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5

Incredible Album!

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5

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

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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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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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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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5

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

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5

Wow

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5

I'd consider this the quintessential Billy Joel album

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5

Class album

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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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5

Great Album

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5

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

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5

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

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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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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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5

Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while

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5

My first 8 track. Great songs!

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5

jos ugodinije i jos relaxije, 5

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5

So many tunes I just absolutely love!

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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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5

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

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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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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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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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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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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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5

I love this MAN

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5

Hell yes!

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5

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

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5

Billy Joel! Classic!

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5

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

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5

Svidia mi se baš jako! Baš zabavno

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5

divota!! Dva puta san ga poslušala

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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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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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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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5

absolutely fantastic

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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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5

really enjoyed this, a lot of hits and classics

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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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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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5

Undeniably Billy Joel's best

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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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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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5

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

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5

Pretty cool

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5

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

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5

Ya got me billy

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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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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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5

Loved this ‘80’s Goth.

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5

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

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5

this one has so many of my fave songs by him

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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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5

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

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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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4

Great album, loved it.

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4

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

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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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4

swag

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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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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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4

absolute classic, every song a hit

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4

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

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4

Some really great songs.

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4

Used to play this on Roy’s old vinyl

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4

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

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4

memories, was good to hear

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4

Great album, scenes is a fantastic song

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4

So many hits! Great album

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4

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

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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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4

👌🏽just 👌🏽

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He’s an asshole but alright

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Suprisingly good. Pleasant surprise.

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

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

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

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Really enjoyed this one.

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

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false

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

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Not bad.

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

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4/5 Fint album

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Generally not my style, but total classic

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Really enjoyable, especially Anthony's song. Great lyrics

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Fun, upbeat, classic Billy Joel

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very good

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Classic 70s

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

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

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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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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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Never listened to a whole Billy Joel felt good

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A lot of hits. Easy listening.

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A lot of hits!

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

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A very solid collection of tunes

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6/10

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good album great songs love singing the songs

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Great lyrics and the songs outside of the hits were really good.

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I emjoy

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Every song is a hit. Really well done and his voice is great. 4.5/5, but relegated down to a 4 star since it's not one I'll spin on the regular, but rather I acknowledge its greatness.

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The first track is an absolute bop and it doesn't let up much from there. This was not what I expected when it gave me Billy Joel, but I love it.

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Good album. Creepy album cover.

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good

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Strong 4 stars. I’m still new to Billy Joel so his stuff may need some time to resonate with me. Sometimes his lyrics strike me as cheesy, but I love his songwriting and I think his storytelling is top-shelf.

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Excellentissime, surtout le moment où le fils de Schreck se saisit de Morrissey et déclenche l'interupteur de son briquet au plus proche de son corps tremblant.

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Enjoyed this one. Songs I knew

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Classics from start to finish. A bit dad-rock-ish and too much piano for my *heavily refined* taste XD, but what an outing!!

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Альбом простой, но понравился, похож на Маккартни сольного

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Good album

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I had only listened to the greatest hits albums and it was surprising to hear so many of the hits on just this one. Great sound!

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Weird listening to this. For some reason, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" caused me to start reminiscing about 70s TV shows like Welcome Back, Kotter and Good Times. A solid album with a lot of recognizable pieces. Worth adding to your library.

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Listened 5/10/21

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Poprock, muntert, opløftende, masser af klaver

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In general Billy Joel's whole vibe kind of rubs me the wrong way, the kind of serious showiness he exudes. But in spite of myself I must admit that I really enjoyed listening to this.

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Spunky, fun, and heartfelt.

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There are some classics on this album. First time hearing the album all the way through. It was an easy listen.

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This was bloody brilliant and sums up why I'm doing all this. I know all The Hits, but would never have gone out of my way to listen to Billy Joel. Fav new track: Scenes From An Italian Restaurant (absolute goals to play piano like this)

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Dobar

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The American Elton John. Or is Elton John The British Billy Joel? Anyways, cracking songwriting.

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Love the mix of groove and ballads

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nostalgic

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Great, familiar with the album.

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60 The Stranger - Billy Joel 9 tracks. This was lovely. Just a really enjoying foot-tapping, hum-a-longer. Enjoyed it so much I have listened to it 4 times over the last few days. It's really up-lifting. I loved it. 4/5

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I'm from Jersey and my local soft rock station played half this album to death, but I'm surprised just how into it I am. Billy Joel is a dork. At certain points, he tries to portray himself as a tough guy (notably on "Only The Good Die Young"), but he's tough in the way that anyone who has ever portrayed a gang member in West Side Story is tough. I still can't help but really appreciate this album, despite the cheese. Favorite tracks: "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant", "Only The Good Die Young"

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Many classic BJ songs from my childhood.

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So the only thing I previously knew about Billy Joel is We Didn’t Start the Fire and Piano Man. Impressed.

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Great listen. Fun and interesting songwriting and Billys singing is fantastic as well. 7/10

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Never considered myself a Billy Joel fan, but this has most of my favorites. Some really creative arrangements.

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I dig it

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MOVING OUT! and Scences From An Italian Restaurant. This album is basically all hits, though I don't know that I find Billy Joel especially compelling. It's supremely polished, no rough edges, and all about appealing to the widest audience possible. Which is a valid approach, but not one I find super compelling.

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Großer Mainstream

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Gut zu hören

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Peak Billy Joel. I hated this a lot more when it was on the radio for 20 years. Is it possible it’s not as schmaltzy or ick as I remember? No, it’s still schmaltz.

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Really enjoyed this album. Great songs and writing. Didn’t realize how many classics were on here.

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There was a time when I really liked the best of compilation of Billy Joel and listened to it quite a lot. That was pretty long ago and I now realize how super cheesy Billy Joel and his songs are. Still, there are a couple of pretty good ones, he has a very good voice and occasionally I like the storytelling of his songs. I think I might have rated this a 3 or 3.5 on its own merits, but the nostalgia factor pushes it up to a 4.

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Great album, really enjoy Billy Joel and 6/9 of the songs on this album are hits. At one point, I would have given it a 5, but just seems a tad bit poppy to me now.

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This album seems familiar, I feel like my parents have played this album before

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Joel offers arguably his most complete album for the masses. By avoiding typical levels of corn and silliness, Joel has several iconic slow, ballad songs that leave to a worthy listen. The final two tracks aren’t close to the quality of the rest, but it doesn’t hold down the effort back too much.

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Mooi rustig album met een paar prachtige schijven

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I loved this album start to finish., Even the songs I didn't know were really fun to listen to and great 80s rock that you expect from Billy Joel. Loved Vienna and Get it right the first time.

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This is the first Billy Joel album I've listened to all the way through and its what I expected from a billy joel album. Every song is at least listenable and there are quite a few bangers. Favs: moving out, only the good die young, everybody has a dream

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Better than expected, plays out like a mob movie soundtrack.

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4.45 Billy Joel is a lyrical poet or a prose writer

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"Movin' Out" is a fantastic start, and "The Stranger" is great too, but then things take a turn for the saccharine - I definitely prefer his more upbeat numbers to the ballads. When I listened to this yesterday I'd have given it 3 stars, mostly due to disappointed expectations after the strong opening tracks... Listened again today with more of an idea of what to expect, and found it a lot more palatable... Fave track - "Movin' Out", for sure, with the title track a close second...

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Vibes of Elton's Honky Chateau through a lot of this. Enjoyable Listen. 3.5 really

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Didn’t think I’d like it. I liked it

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interesting to listen to more than just his hits. Real good stuff here, billy.

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Lotta hits and some filler. I wasn’t aware that “adult contemporary rock” existed when this was released, but that’s what it was in back 1977. Even though this isn’t my favorite style of music, Billy Joel scores with catchable tunes that have been radio staples for decades. I was struggling between 3 or 4 stars. Rounding up for “Only the Good Die Young” and memories of this track getting cranked up at our Jr. High School dances - fake silk shirts, arrowhead necklaces, red stripe Nikes, a lotta sweat and no girlfriends.

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The crew making this album had to know how big it was going to be. Far from big fan of his but this album is undeniable

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enjotyed this - MOR as fuck but great songwriting

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Pretty cool tunes

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I thought this would be cheesy (and the cover art is creepy AF) but it was above average. Classic feel and none of the songs were terrible.

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Perfectly produced 70's radio pop/rock. More tunes knocking around than a pack of lozenges. Best Tracks: Movin' Out (Anthony's Song); Vienna; Only The Good Die Young

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This album actually surprised me. I've never been the biggest fan of Billy Joel's music, like, at all, and as such, had very low expectations going into this. I was surprised to find out that it was a super strong album. Was it great, or particularly mindblowing? No, but the album as a whole was still really good. The vocal delivery and just the vocals themselves from Billy Joel were great, as was the instrumentation and overall arraignment. I found the album to be consistent throughout; there isn't a song that I dislike (too much, that is). Overall, I'm glad I got the chance to listen to this album. Not great, but very solid.

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I have incredibly beautiful memories with this album. Very beautiful moments and cheesy ballads. (8/10) FT: Nearly whole album :) Movin' Out (Anthony's Song), Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Vienna, Everybody Has a Dream

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Billy Joel's most successful album, by the metric that you'll hear a good chunk of these on the radio. Billy Joel is clean, playful, polished enough for the masses, making his songs a shoe-in for radio. He's also an extremely good songwriter. Sure it's piano pop rock, but it's really that good. Obvious standout is "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant", which is a sentimental song that tells a bittersweet story through a few "movements", if you will. Fantastic. Great closer to side 1. The rest of it is practically that good. I don't know what else to say.

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Some great hits on this tune. Billy Joel is an artist that you have to know and understand his style. I think he's authentically "square" but I don't think that's a bad thing. I don't think he's trying any music that is not his genuine self.

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Classic.

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The album cover is clearly trying to be art. But what is that hanging on the wall? Boxing gloves? Is he torn between being a lover (of strangers) or a fighter? Is it the cultural proximity to Rocky? /shrug Of course we all know Billy Joel. But I can't say I've ever sat down and listened to a whole album end to end. The opening song is strong. Who can help singing along with Cadillac-ac-ac-ac-ac? Just the Way You Are was popular just as I started learning to play saxophone as a little girl, so it is impossible for me to listen to without intense consuming nostalgia. Goodness me, the hits keep coming on this one. In my head I lump Billy Joel in with Elton John and Tom Petty as a fellows who can reliably turn out a straight forward but catchy tune, often telling a sharply drawn story, with a singing style that invites one to sing along. To me this kind of music forms the common backdrop we can all pin our own personal stories to. This music is popular for good reason.

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Great songwriter. The last two songs (Get It Right the First Time and Everybody Has a Dream) are complete garbage but everything else is top notch if you're looking for some well-crafted lyrics and perfect accompanying music. In other words, nothing super inventive or genre-shattering but still a great listen.

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Good vibes, fun song writing

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All gold (last two tracks more gold-plated), classic timeless piano rock veering into prog pop, a blend of ballads and lovesongs and stories, with melodies you can whistle till your lips drop off.

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Really wasn't expecting to like this one* but the first two songs immediately won me over. Yes, the album does veer into sappy territory on occasion, but it was still really enjoyable. *The only track I recognized by the title was She's Always a Woman, a song I've always considered too corny for life. Fun fact: my friend still cannot listen to it, after a boy once confessed his 'love' for her, accompanied by this song, when we were all like... 14 years old.

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Not a huge fan of Billy Joel but still fantastic album of his. Everytime I listen to this album I enjoy it, but I don't understand why I never revisit it myself. An example of this is probably maybe The Stranger, a beautiful song but there are parts of the track that gets me out of the emotional landscape he creates.

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fín

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Another album where I know almost every song to some extent individually, but have never heard the album front to back. There really isn't a dull song on this album. The music stands out with its piano-forward rock sound, and the lyric writing is truly top notch -- all of these songs tell a truly memorable story; the lyrics aren't overly simple, but the storytelling is never sacrificed for the clout of sounding artistic, deep, or edgy. Billy makes it all seem so cool and effortless. This album just has an all-around major display of talent. An excellent inclusion in the project.

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Fun wide range of songs with great lyrics.

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Ya have to get excited knowing you have a little BJ coming your way

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4/5 I actually liked this!

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At first I found him too similar to Elton, but as the album went on, the songs diversified in tempo and musical instruments and maintained an outgoing ambience that was always there to enjoy. Great rock album.

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tbh i was slightly disappointed by this — it’s still good, but i felt it dragged in a couple of places.

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I feel like the only other artist I can really compare Billy Joel to is Elton John, and isn’t it weird that they both have names that are really just two first names slapped together and the second one in both instances starts with a J? It’s the magical formula for pop piano storytellers. Also, I’m changing my name to Shawn Jerry. This is an enjoyable record. Even when I lose track of whatever story he’s telling, the tune is there to keep me engaged. I wouldn’t mind seeing another one of his albums pop up on this list and I suspect we will.

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I can't believe that I found myself enjoying a Billy Joel album so much. I felt the same creeping shame as someone entering their credit card details onto a German fetish website. Shame, mingled with pleasure. You can't deny that this man knows his way around a tune, even if his miniature dramas don't quite pulse with the same vitality as that of a Springsteen. I'm yet to hear a song that mentions 'Hackensack' that I don't like.

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Even the lesser-known songs here are pretty strong. Really, everything through 'She's Always a Woman' is solid stuff. It was only the last two songs that I tuned out a bit. It's a lot of crafty songmansships and I dig it.

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Pop-rock de Billy Joel. Venga, un 4, que canta bastante bien.

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Very enjoyable and not hugely removed from Steely Dan or Elton John. Several recognisable hit songs.

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much better than I remember. A lot of fun songs!

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Surprising, like a bit of Billy Joel, but didn't recognise the songs I know looking at the tracklist. This was a great journey of an album though.

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The Piano man played us a song, it was pretty alright

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4.4/5. Very good instrumentals and fairly good vocals

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i'll have the carbonara

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I'll take it just the way it is.

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Boppin' soft rock from the piano man himself, this is just a fun time through and through. Melancholy and jovial in equal measure, and Billy is just having a blast on every track. I dig it.

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One of the best early Billy Joel Songs. I liked it listening, but wasn't blown away, even though most of the songs are quite good. 3.5/5

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Bäst: Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.

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OOO OOAAH OAH OAAAAA

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Really feeling Vienna right now

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its alright not really that great imo

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3.5

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I can't help but think of The Boys / Hughie and it kind of ruins this album and Billy Joel for me.

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3.5 stars. better than i expected, not life changing. storytelling. highlights movin out only the good die young.

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7/10

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A bit too poppy for my taste, but the production and audio engineering is very pleasing to the ear. A few good tunes I enjoyed, but still too much pop for me.

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Tänään tein havainnon että Billy Joel ja Billy Idol ovat kaksi eri henkilöä. Jotenkin olin onnistunut kuvittelemaan että sama superbilly on Piano Manin ja Rebel Yellin takana. Tämä ruotsinlaivabilly oli ihan mukavaa kuunneltavaa vaikkei elämysmittari punaisella värähdellytkään. Levyn avausbiisi oli paras ja Vienna etäisesti tuttu.

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boring but got a couple bangers

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Heard it before, not for me

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I like that ackackackackack song and a couple of others on here are singalongs. I like the one where he tells his wife or girlfriend or something that he doesn’t want her to be smart and for her just to remain the same.

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I hate Piano Man so I've had preconceived notions of Billy Joel. This was not a bad album and I'm surprised how many songs I knew.

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Not a big billy joel fan

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boy, that guy sure can whistle. i really don't care for his music, though i'm sure he is also a very nice person. this MAY help me to learn the difference between him and elton john. the fact that i have never really been able to tell is something i am neither proud nor ashamed of.

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meh

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Elton John vibes. Some nice classics

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Rock pop. Suave. Melódico.

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Más o menos entretenido. Muy bonita "Just the way you are". Como música de fondo tranquilita y poco más.

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He sings really really well. A bit of a David Bowie The beatles-wanna be, but still, I liked overall and enjoyed listening to it

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Une découverte, de belles mélodies et une belle ambiance avec une belle voix. Je pensais ça serait pépère mais non. Je l’évite: she is a women to me Ouff pénible à écouter Je lévite Moovin out, scène from italien restaurant

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Bueno, para un día tonto...

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Some of my favorite Billy Joel songs on this on. Still, it’s Billy Joel.

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I thought there were a few songs that were quite good, but the album as a whole, less so. I don't know that long, slow songs are really Billy Joel's strong suit. Strongly considered giving it a 4 anyway

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Saying 'I don't want clever conversation, I want you just the way you are' is not the compliment he was intending. Generally didn't like the lyrics much but it was a bop. 3+ , it gets points for having Only The Good Die Young

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Lots of Home Depot classics on here. I never realized it before but he really sounds like a knockoff Elton John with hints of Steely Dan. Lots of classic tunes and fairly fun to listen to but the songwriting is just. So cheesy.

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Levy oli sellaista ihan ok tavaraa. Ei jäänyt hirveästi käteen tästä. Osa kappaleista oli ihan pirtsakkaakin menoa, helppoa kuunneltavaa. Oli tämä parempi kuin edellisen päivän Elvis Costellon Brutal youth. Tällä kontrastilla kolme tähteä.

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Meh

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On dirait je sais pas quoi dire. Elton John et Paul McCartney = BILLY JOEL. C’est bon, mais je tombe pas à terre. Encore un mauvais choix de CD quand y’a plein de chansons beaucoup plus connues.

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I really didn't expect to like this. But it was enjoyable. Good album.

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Didn't quite reach 4 stars as a collective for me but there were 2 or 3 individual songs that would hit 4 or maybe 5 stars easily

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Enjoyed this more than I thought I would

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Not loving this one. Anthony's Song and The Stranger bang but like...the back 3/4 of this album are ballads and are a bit boring imo without a lot to pull you through the end of the album, lots of energy lost quickly after the stranger. But still I love his voice and they're good arrangements.

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It was okay. Not my style but I didn't hate it.

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Hmmm, some of these are catchy.... Probably a 3.

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Liked the more sentimental songs, didnt fancy the rock

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Some classic songs! She's Always a Woman was weird. I already knew I wasn't much of a Billy Joel fan but I wouldn't deny those who see the appeal.

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Singles are great! Rest of album a bit sameish

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Good chill music, surprised how many songs I knew off the album

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Pěkný piano. Nejlepší název písně Scenes from an Italian Restaurant. Hudebně nejzajímavější Only the Good Die Young. Jinak mi přijde, že nic, co by si člověk zapamatoval.

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Gutes Album. Eher freudige Stimmung mit genug Abwechslung bei ähnlicher Stimmung in den Liedern

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decent

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Masterful pop melodies, and delightful slice of life songwriting. Sometimes gets a bit cloying. Also basically a Ray Davies / Paul McCartney rip-off.

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3.5

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This works for unobtrusive background music for people of a certain age

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No stranger to The Stranger

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I like Billy Joel generally and I find people who hate him tedious. A lot of it is worn out for me (I don't ever need to hear Piano Man again and the less said about who started the fire the better), and the only album I routinely listen to is Glass Houses. This is all right and has some classics on it but also some pretty typical filler.

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Was already on my favourite albums list. Pop album. Some interesting lyrics, but not that much inspiring when it comes to melodies.

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Great ballads and a few rock tunes. A few songs were a bit indistinguishable, but others were peak-McCartney-level writing.

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I liked this more than I thought I would

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glimrende softrock/poprock

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Kærlighedsballader, flygler og en slesk gut. Men jeg kan sgu godt lide viben! En stor 3'er.

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Can't deny the talent of the guy, but in general it's a bit too smooth for me. I have a few songs I like by Billy Joel but overall a bit too soft rock for me.

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Billy Joel is a good singer and his songs are allright. In this album, the best is "Movin' out".

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I can't really complain about this album it's a fine album. Am I a fan? No. But that doesn't change the fact that the guy makes some fun adult contemporary pop albums. For me he's a poor man's Randy Newman. Anyway a pleasant uneventful listen...3.5 stars

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A great 'easy' soft rock album, but it's too cheesy and corny for me at times. My top pick is 'Only the Good Die Young', I like that it's bit more upbeat than some of the other tracks. This is more of a 3.5 really, but it's not quite for my tastes.

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Ovo je dobar album, nije mi u potpunosti super, jednostavno je onak, okej za poslušati. Paše album. Yep, znao sam da sam negdje čuo The Stranger sample, i pogodio sam - ako ikog zanima to je kod Xzibitove - Foundation (super pjesma btw).

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Typical rock pop English songs (Elton John style)

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The first track slaps. There's a sort of Paul McCartney vibe. Carries on with a sort of Clapton feel. Just the way you are is cheesy bullshit. Where it works, the album is solid easy listening rock, but where it fails its soulless cliche. Good - Movin' Out (Anthony's Song), Only the Good Die Young. Bad - Just the way you are, She's Always a Woman.

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Only the Good Die Young and always a woman are the better tracks of this album, overall pretty good album. 7/10

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Lush sounds, very smooth, not really my cup of tea but not awful

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Twee pianomannen achter elkaar is wel iets too much, maar ik kan Billy wel waarderen

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Sommige nummers mooi, ook aardig wat nummers die ik matig vind

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Eh.

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Songs from this album last a long shadow over the pop landscape of the 1980s. The Stranger partly feels like a concept album, about that Italian restaurant, but then there are standalone pop moments. I can't abide "Just the Way You Are" - a now four-time divorced man telling women "don't go changing". But the title track is enjoyable, once its disco grooves get going.

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The first cassette tape I bought was Billy Joel's "An Innocent Man". I'm sure that "Only the Good Die Young" from The Stranger had helped me decide that Joel was someone worth listening two. I've listened to 3 or 4 other studio albums, but never to the Stranger. There are only two tracks from The Stranger ("Get It Right the First Time", "Everybody Has a Dream") that I don't think I've heard before. 6 of the tracks I recognized just from their titles. I didn't think I had heard the title track before, but when I pulled up Joel's Greatest Hits vols. I & II (which I have listened to several times) I saw that "The Stranger" is on side 1. Joel has talent, and most of the music is likeable, but I've heard most of the tracks often enough to not see a need to re-visit this album.

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Not really my thing - ok background music

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Easy listening—nothing stood out, except maybe the guitar on “She’s Always a Woman”.

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not something i would normally listen to, but not bad. piano music with dude singing

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Not my fave Billy Joel album

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Not my cup of Tea - Very middle of the road

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Ah, Billy Joel. Our love-hate relationship continues with a mighty fury! He certainly knows his way around a melody, and when everything clicks into place, it makes for a moving and memorable experience (Only the Good Die Young, Movin' Out). But the schmaltz factor is real (Just the Way You Are, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant). Curiously, She's Always A Woman feels like it occupies the exact middle ground between his best and worst impulses. Favourite tracks: Movin' Out, Only the Good Die Young

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The Stranger is seen as a concept album of sorts but I don't see it as such, what I see is a an album filled with immediately familiar, pop, radio ready, songs which Billy Joel has become known for. The album has a something for everyone, formula perfect pop songs that are waiting to be sung at weddings, songs that make you want to get up and move, and songs that would fit perfectly on Broadway. While all the songs are not my taste there is no denying these songs were written for the masses. While I may not be a fan of Just the Way You Are it was the song of the year and it remains hugely popular. Regardless of what your musical taste at some point while listening through this album you will be singing along. Favorite songs: Only the Good Die Young, Movin' Out. 3 stars

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Some great songs, yet spectacularly unfashionable. I liked the storytelling narrative that runs throughout. It reminded me of Meat Loaf without all the ridiculous posturing. Quite uplifting and cheery - not my usual thing. A very odd album cover art.

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I don't understand what Billy Joel is I don't think

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Fin un peu molle, mais pas mal Prefs: Movin' Out (Anthony's Song), The Stranger, Just The Way You Are, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Vienna Moins pref: Only the Good Die Young

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Never thought I'd rate a Billy Joel album higher than a Jimi Hendrix album, but here we are.

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Enjoyed, not bad

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I can't really complain about this album it's a fine album. Am I a fan? No. But that doesn't change the fact that the guy makes some fun adult contemporary pop albums. For me he's a poor man's Randy Newman. Anyway a pleasant uneventful listen...3.5 🌟

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A nice pop album, with a very punchy, strong and catchy A-side. Unfortunately, along the next part of the ride, there are songs that are rather average and a bit annoying like Only The Good Die Young. Maybe "The Stranger" is an overrated album or I'm just not a fan of Billy Joel? I don't know.

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Not bad, there was some nice songwriting here, but I doubt I'll ever return to it. Still better than Springsteen.

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Okay.

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Started off well. Then many songs that sounded like intros to a soap TV series. Some songs were decent. Didn't like the last 2 really. Overall not an amazing album.

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Meh

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This is Billy Joel's fifth album and it's considered to be his critical and commercial breakthrough album. The Stranger won Record of the Year at the 1978 Grammy's and has been certified diamond in the US for sales. This pop rock album contains some of Billy Joel's most popular songs, including "Vienna" and "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant". I liked the atmosphere that this album created while listening to it, but only a few of the songs stuck out to me as great. I think I may be a little too young to fully enjoy the genius work of Billy Joel, because there's a lot of praise for this album, that I think is somewhat forgettable.

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I’ve always preferred Elton to Billy but this album is sort of undeniable. I love when goes ack ack ack ack like Cathy.

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Very popular in the junior high school days. Just The Way You Are brings back all the memories. It is a very good song. I always had a problem with the lyrics to Only The Good Die Young. It reminded me of my Catholic school going friend. I thought it was unkind to her. Then he cheated on his beautiful, seemingly kind wife- ah, but we are here to discuss the music. The songwriting is good, very catchy tunes, creative lyrics. Produces an overall nice, sentimental feeling. Gotta like it then.

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I liked this WAY more than I thought I would!

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26th May 2022 Listened during the day while working from home and back and forth from the supermarket. Chilled in the evening. Love a bit of Billy Joel! Piano and voice are great and his lyrics are fun.

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Some beautiful songs that I hadn’t even realised were Billy Joel.

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Mon premier Billy Joel. Les deux premières pièces sont excellentes. Je ne suis pas un fan des chansons Just The Way You Are ou She’s Always A Woman, mais elles fonctionnent bien et restent en tête, donc c’est une réussite en terme de mélodies. Le saxophone et la clarinette sont un peu too much dans l’album (la flûte est pas mal limite). Donc inégal comme album, mais pas totalement déçu. Pièces préférées: Movin’ Out, The Stranger, Get It Right The First Time

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I actually paid attention to the lyrics, they’re really fun here

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Pretty good fare from Billy boy

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Bien, agradable. Just the Way You Are.

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Great sounding record, not my type of music but a lot of recognizable songs.

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a lot of Billy Joel classics on this one

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Enjoyed this more than I anticipated. Wish I could give half stars cause I would rate this one a three and a half, half, half, half, half. You oughta know by now.

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I was enjoying myself for the first couple tracks, but after that my opinion nosedived back to where I expected it to go. It's a mostly unobjectionable pop album, honestly. But so many of the instrumental sections are beyond cheesy. I was familiar with Only the Good Die Young and still have a positive outlook on the song, but it's not enough to buoy the back half.

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big white boomer energy here. much more suburban midwest than new york to me.

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J'aime la première chanson ''Movin' out''. Un classique. Mais après ça, maudit que c'Est vieux. C'est vieuxxxxxx ça sonne vieuxxxx. J'aurais dû en écouter un plus récent.

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3.5

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Not for me.

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When I think of Billy Joel I think of New York and smoke filled cabaret bars just off Broadway. This album does nothing to spoil that illusion. It’s tracks ooze city life after dark scenarios and they do it in spades. Almost all the songs here are familiar and draw at least a few memories to reflect on. Billy Joel’s voice is also probably at its best. It’s a fun album even if the hits have been done to death over the years. 2 Stars!

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Too mellow

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This be old bruh

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One or 2 tracks I like, I guess you need to be a fan.

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I am imaging myself being stuck at a wedding where Scenes from an Italian Restaurant is playing and I hear: "I will meet you any time I want, in our Italian restaurant." and I instantly feel nauseous. Billy Joel is a classic, he has a good voice, quite some lyrical talent and creativity, but this record is incredibly overrated. However, I do really enjoy Movin' Out, The Stranger and Get It Right the First Time, as they are not as disgustingly sweet and cheesily written and carry good rhythym and energy. Overall I feel like a 2/5 is a fair score for this overly sentimental heap.

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For me, Billy Joel is in that category of musicians for whom I have great respect but rarely listen to. There's nothing wrong with his songs to my ear, and they are well-written, performed nicely, and often memorable. It's really just a matter of personal taste and preference, I suppose. I get why so many people love him.

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Crazy pianos. I’m too sane for this.

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Slick, but not really my taste

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Få hyggelige numre. Ellers siger det mig ikke så meget

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This is full of pearls, nice. I like it. Bit mellow for me, but there are some catchy good tunes there. Nice..

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I thought it was going to be a banger from "Moving Out" but it turned to sappy 70s bullshit real quick, instant 2. Any album that starts with a bang and cannot keep the energy always loses points in my book. It turns out I like Moving Out due to Neil Cicierega.

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2/5 Didn't think I knew this album, but it seems I do Can we talk about how weird the album cover is? Fine... Movin out is a good start. 'The Stranger' more what I expected (i.e. worse) Just the way you are' is what it is, a very lovely, soft-pop classic Scenes, Vienna is meh. Only the good - picks up a bit but lacks intensity She's always a woman - the sexual politics are very dated and immediately blaring - nice, sub-dylan lyric line, tho' Get it right - far superior in my eyes. funky rhythm and lyric. Not horribly sexist. Everybody has a dream - not mine. Mostly forgettable pop shite with 2-3 standout tracks that are deviations from the artist's main work.

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Struggling with the passive misogyny of Billy Joel.

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Ik had hier wel zin in. Ik dacht aan ‘piano man’ en dat Saigon-lied. Helaas bleek het supermarkt-muziek.

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Nee. Dit is gewoon best vervelend eigenlijk.

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Vienna Mouais

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I respect Billy Joel's songwriting chops. These are incredibly successful songs and have been played on radio a bazillion times, and I know most of this album backwards just from the ubiquitous nature of the thing. But it bores me to tears. Billy Joel is not rock and roll (despite Billy's later protestations); it's much more popular song based in the Broadway tradition. And it is very successful in that mold. But I don't really need it in my life. Sorry.

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Generic.

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The boy’s got hooks! It’s got a weird tone though that I didn’t really enjoy. Seems smug in some way.

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I mean, this is fine for a Doctor's office

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In the pantheon of adult contemporary singer-songwriters who meandered out of the 70s, Billy Joel sits somewhere in the middle with Springsteen. A touch better than the bland whiteness of Rod Stewart, John Mellencamp, and Bryan Adams, but no where near the quality of Warren Zevon or solo Paul Simon. It's not an awful album, but it shouldn't really be on a list of essential listening. This is an album to listen to while bonding with your aunt over herbal tea and zucchini bread while she busts out old 35mm pictures of bridges she took while on a bicycle tour of the US.

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I never warmed to this guy. Just no substance or heart to him at all.

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It's alright.

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Elton John's Wish version...

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It's a good album, but I don't get how it's supposed to be an essential

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"ACK, ACK, ACK, ACK, ACK".

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Hell of an ear for a tune but the beat leaves a lot to be desired. As for his stories, simply not engaging, which has something to do with his treacly McCartney voice, and even more to do with hollowness plain and simple. Songs about nothing more than being songs.

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Always want to like Billy Joel - and he sometimes shines through - but he’s not Stevie Wonder or Elton John or McCartney that he tries to emulate in parts of this album. It’s interesting however when he makes it his own cocktail of piano balladry - like on ‘She’s Always a Woman’. I might stand to be corrected in time but as it stands I felt this album to be rather average.

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Wasn’t impressed by this. Aside from the hits, a bit dull.

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2 I'm not much of a Billy Joel fan, though I've never listened to a complete album of his before this. I'm not sure exactly what it is... he sounds fine enough, but none of his songs have ever really grabbed me. This album didn't do much to change things. Just the Way You Are even kinda bored me, though I found myself enjoying Scenes From an Italian Restaurant despite it being the longest song on the album. Other than that, not particularly remarkable. Favorite songs: Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, The Stranger

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2.5 Man, for how famous Billy Joel is I expected more. The hits are classics and I dig those but it’s almost like they belong on a different album by a different artist. It’s more piano filler music to me, but it isn’t cocktail party music so I don’t know where to place it. I felt the same about Piano Man too. It’s just whatever. Favorites: Movin’ Out, Only The Good Die Young, Scenes From An Italian Restaurant

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Not a big fan of Billy Joel. Nothing really sticks out for me, but, Just the way you are and She's always a woman are songs I did enjoy. Others were just OK. I'll give 2.5 out of 5. Probably not an album I would go out of my way to listen again.

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Yo qué se ya

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Not my cup of tea.

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NEIN!! Not good, nope, nada, bleck

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Not for me. Didn't enjoy it, was excited for it to end.

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Man hört Billy den Anspruch an, einen großen Wurf à la Elton John hinzulegen, aber das Ergebnis verfängt nicht, langweilt und ein wenig enttäuscht es mich, hätte ich es doch gern besser gemocht. Entfremdete 1.2

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Challenging on many levels, and none of them particularly good. Today, I read an article about policy wording for assisted suicide - and found it more interesting than this record.

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Fucking dreadful

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Billy Joel. The stranger in the bath, the finger in the anus. This man is so addicted to cheese that he goes to bed each night wearing pyjamas made entirely out of dairylea triangles.

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fuck this nonce music. the 70s has a lot to answer for.

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I might get hate for this but it sounds very generic and uninspiring.

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Not bad

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