|1. Easy Money|
|2. An Innocent Man|
|3. The Longest Time|
|4. This Night|
|5. Tell Her About It|
|6. Uptown Girl|
|7. Careless Talk|
|8. Christie Lee|
|9. Leave A Tender Moment Alone|
|10. Keeping The Faith|
This album, along with Synchronicity, Punch the Clock and Cargo helped define my senior year of high school, but this was the best. Mr. Joel delves into his musical heros and spins tunes that makes this sound like a concept album ode to 1962. Some songs, like Innocent Man, Leave A Tender Moment Alone, and Keeping the Faith still bring chills of memories of innocence lost and new things found.
Stop reading this review and buy this album right now.
Now I had been listening to a LOT of Billy Joel at this time in my life - he was my most recent musical discovery - and I purchased this record with much anticipation. On listening to it, I have to admit some disappointment, because it really paled in comparison to Billy Joel's previous four albums which were all really good. On further listens - and this remains my view - I decided that this wasn't exactly a bad album...in fact, there are several songs here that are very good. It's just that it's not my favorite of Billy Joel's and suffers in comparison with his other albums.
My favorite song from this album remains "The Longest Time" which is just a beautiful doo-wop harmony masterpiece - evocative, I suppose, of Billy Joel's musical youth. Other really good songs include the catchy hit "Tell Her About It", the nostalgic and pretty "Keeping The Faith", and the album opener (which doesn't, to this listener, keep in the '50s theme and is the song that rocks the most on this album) "Easy Money". "Uptown Girl" is another song that was a big hit - it's sort of lightweight, but it's catchy and the video was fun.
There are also some songs which I don't like too much...These include the title track which is smoothly sung, but doesn't grip this listener. I detest the song "This Time" which borrows the theme from one of Beethoven's sonatas ("Pathetique"?).Read more ›