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Nylon Curtain

Billy Joel Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beatlesque Album From Billy Joel Nov. 24 2003
Format:Audio CD
Back during the fall of 1982, I fell ill for several months and had to miss a lot of school. A lot of time was spent in front of the t.v. watching music videos on MTV - during its heyday of the early 1980s. Among the videos that were the most compelling at the time was the "Pressure" video...the video itself was really good, but the song was even better. The same went for "Allentown" whose video was in heavy rotation on MTV during those days. It should come as no surprise that as soon as I was better, I went out and purchased this album...I'm not sure, but this may have been the first album I ever bought that wasn't either The Beatles or Simon & Garfunkel.
The thing that I like most about this album, is its Beatlesque sound (on a lot of the songs at least). Songs that sound heavily influenced by the Fab Four are "Laura" (Beatlesque harmonies), "Surprises", and "Scandinavian Skies" - both sound like they could have been written and sung by John Lennon - the second of these two reminds this listener of "I Am The Walrus" with its instrumentation which leans heavily on the cello. These are all excellent songs.
Other favorites (and not necessarily Beatlesque in nature) are "Allentown" which is extremely catchy and puts into song the plight of rust-belt workers. "Pressure", which was the other big hit from this album conveys a frenzied urgency extremely well - as one would expect from the song title. "She's Just In Time" is a really nice upbeat song and "A Room Of Our Own" catchily exclaims the need for some separation in a relationship...this song has a great groove to it and, to put the icing on the cake, has an awesome electric piano solo...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Audiably (Whatever that means) compelling Nov. 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I mean audiablly I mean the way you hear it, because this CD has very good songs, even those that didn't make it to the greatest hits. The only one I didn't like was "Where's the orchestra?" Yet the rest were great. Now, it starts off with Allentwon, one of my personal favorites, nothing to say about that one. Then comes "Laura" a rather comical song about a girl that manipulates her boyfriend. In that song, the phrase "Here I am, feeling like a f--ing fool" really surprised me. Then comes "Pressure," a very werird (nonetheless,) grat song, since he went with some techno-rock beat thing that was new to me, but catchy. Follows "A room of our own," good song, not the best, but good. "Goodnight Saigon" paralizes my heart when I hear it. "Surprises" is great! It's a really catchy song! "Scandinavian skies" is also catchy and "where's the orchestra..." ... I didn't like it that much. There's onme I forgot, "She's right on time," great song, it's about a guy that invited a girl to his home, and while he tries to make things tidy in the house, something always goes wrong (christmas tree jumps on him, bookcase tumbles down, wall breaks). Well, that's all I gotta say. I just recommend you to buy this CD, it's great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Piano Man's fourth megahit! Nov. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
In 1982,Billy released his fourth megahit THE NYLON CURTAIN. This was his ninth album and eighth on Columbia Records. Hits include ALLENTOWN,PRESSURE,GOODNIGHT SAIGON(all on GREATEST HITS VOLUME 1 AND VOLUME 2) and SHE'S RIGHT ON TIME. ALLENTOWN tells about the people living in the Pennsylvania town whose lives were miserable because the steel factories were closing down. They wanted to leave the town but ended up staying because the closedowns reopened. GOODNIGHT SAIGON was about some of Billy's buddies who fought in the Vietnam war which began when John F. Kennedy was U.S. President. Billy later said on the KOHUEPT album before the song began,"They left as boys,but they came back as old men." Take notice of the line in LAURA,"Here I am,feeling like a f---ing fool!" Hey,that's just like Billy saying at the end of every concert,"Don't take any s--t from anybody!" WHERE'S THE ORCHESTRA? is just Billy and his piano. It's a beautiful song about a musical play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great one from the Piano Man Sept. 16 2003
By Vilbs
Format:Audio CD
This 1982 release from Billy Joel is one of his most aggressive, both musically and thematically. When looked at in comparison to the albums released around it, the rocking of "Glass Houses", or the'50s style fun of "An Innocent Man", it just doesn't seem to fit, and that's what makes it so great.
Unlike most of his previous albums, "The Nylon Curtain" only contains what I would consider to be a single love song, and even that is the far from blissful endearment of "Laura" (who calls him when she needs a good fix). The strongest songs on the album are those on which Billy tackles social issues. Especially on the recession story "Allentown" (which has some special significance for me, having grown up in a neighboring town in PA), the absolutely scathing commentary of "Pressure", or the haunting ode to Vietnam, complete with helicopter introduction, "Goodnight Saigon" (seen live it's absolutely breathtaking). The album ends rather softly, and even though the songs don't come close to resembling hits, there is a subtle beauty in tunes like "Scandanavian Skies", "Where's the Orchestra", and "Surprises" that is easy to miss if you don't follow the lyrics.
This is an inspired Billy Joel album, showcasing both his wit and musical ability. This is the album where he became acknowledged as a true artist, and not just as a hit-single producing crooner. A must for any fan of the Piano Man.
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