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Storm Front [Enhanced, Original recording remastered]

Billy Joel Audio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album! May 4 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I think this is one of Billy Joel's best album. I Go To Extremes, We Didn't Start The Fire, Downeaster Alexa, all classics. And the original Shameless.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scorn Front March 17 2013
Format:Audio CD
There's something very annoying about this recording. According to the liner notes Liberty Devito is the drummer on all but one track and this man has successfully learned how to imitate a drum machine. There's definitely a 1980's sound to this record, a sound I must say I don't care for. However, there's also a couple of Billy Joel's very finest songs "The Downeaster Alexa" and "Leningrad". The former deals with the trials of an east coast fisherman while the latter is about a post war victim of the Soviet Union. Don't miss these two. They're well worth it. Most of the rest of it is pretty much corporate pop/rock drivel. Billy Joel can write this kind of stuff in his sleep. Try "The Nylon Curtain" or "An Innocent Man". This isn't Billy's worst outing but it's not his best either.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Technical Glitch March 4 2011
By Anonymouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am not in any way dissing Billy Joel or the Storm Front album... in fact I've bought at least 6 copies of it, if not more.

However, for people who might care, I'd advise skipping the Remastered version for one reason.... in the song "We Didn't Start the Fire" there is a 1 second technical glitch of computer garble. (Which if I remember correctly was also repeated on GH3, and on available copies in mp3.)

The original Storm Front album did not have the glitch. So unless you're buying it purely for some other reason, I'd advise purchasing the original release over the remastered one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Joel rocks the house! April 18 2009
By K. M. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the only Billy Joel album I own. I could never get into any of his other stuff. This album came out when I was in middle school, and I heard 'We didn't start the fire', and 'I go to extremes' on the radio and was hooked. I bought the album and loved all the songs! I bought this copy to replace my old copy. This album is still great to this day! The songs are very upbeat and rock! ***Highly recommended***
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid radio-oriented tunes ... but the magic is missing May 12 2012
By Sal Nudo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With the help of producer Mick Jones, the guitarist from Foreigner, Billy Joel went in a power-pop direction on "Storm Front." The punchy and energetic tunes "That's Not Her Style" and "We Didn't Start the Fire" both establish a swaggering and urgent tone right away -- but the best tracks on this CD are the quieter ones with piano at the forefront. Some of these songs definitely sound like they were written, recorded, produced and released in the late 1980s, but it's unfair to pigeonhole this entire 1989 record as overproduced and too glossy for its own good. "Leningrad," for example, is as beautiful as anything Joel has ever written. The song is a tender, mournful snapshot of a Russian man named Viktor, a "child of war" who lived through the gloom of Communism to find eventual joy. Joel eloquently sums up Viktor's life and sublimely encapsulates a segment of post-World War II Russian life as if it were a musical history lesson. It's a truly striking song, with lyrics that tug at the heart.

For every canned-pop tune on this CD -- "Shameless," "Storm Front" and "When in Rome" come foremost to mind -- there are ones like the sweeping and sea-laden "The Downeaster `Alexa'" and heartfelt "Leningrad" that save it from `80s insignificance. And with the tranquil "And So It Goes," Joel saved the best for last -- despondent lyrics and a lush-sounding piano; it's a heartrending song about inevitable divorce, which, given the way Joel defends his well-known lady on the opening track, is a surprising way to go out.

"Storm Front" sparkles and pops with probably the topmost bells and whistles that musical production could offer at the time, but the music ultimately lacks the heart, drive and soul of Billy's best work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Part of Joel's Hit And Miss Period June 6 2014
By Joelfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For the most part, i think music fans and Joel fans agree that Billy's best recordings are found in the period between 1975 and 1982. Certainly his best "complete" albums can be found there in that period. The Storm Front album continued the slightly downward progression in Joel's writing abilities after The Nylon Curtain. Like always there's a few good songs to be found on Storm Front - The Downeaster Alexa is one of his best songs for any period, We Didn't Start The Fire had a kick to it and became the big hit for the album, the title song had a nice slow groove to it and provided a nice set opener for the tour that followed (why he never plays it anymore I don't know). But as with all of Joel's post-Nylon Curtain (1982) albums, there's about half an album that's either bland or flat out bad. That's Not Her Style and I Go To Extremes are passable rock songs (nothing great but not too bad) and And So It Goes stays just far away enough from becoming sentimental sap. But songs like When In Rome, Shameless, and State Of Grace are wretched. And Leningrad, although an admirable effort, is pretty boring as a song....jut kind of lays there musically. Again, like The Bridge, while Storm Front is by no means a terrible album, it also doesn't compare well to Billy's best albums.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it when I had it before. July 3 2013
By akamarti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My copy somehow went missing and I am slowly replacing my library of his songs. This one has a great many "folk" type songs, but modern problems are covered rather than using the old standards.
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