This album, unlike his others, focuses primarily on social problems, hypocrisy and the harsh realities of life. "Streetlife Serenader" is a beautiful and soulful song. Billy, who has been known to take on many forms of music, tackles country and western on the sad but sweet "The Great Suburban Showdown". "Root Beer Rag" is just a fun song which highlights Billy's talent on the piano. Of course, "The Entertainer" is a classic. "Last of the Big Time Spenders" is a beautiful song. "Weekend Song" is a fun, rockin' song with a sad theme. It tells of the harsh, cold working world and the existentialism of some in the working class, as they spend their hard-earned cash on having fun instead of saving it for a rainy day. My favorite song on this album, though, is "Souvenir". Billy must have been really depressed when writing this one. This tells of the overarching nihilism and fatalism of life, especially in the lyric: "For ev'ry year is a souvenir That slowly fades away". I almost cried when he sung this, because it's so true. This album is completely underrated. Once again, the critics do it a disservice, probably because it goes right for the heart. I highly, highly, highly recommend this album to any Billy Joel fan. You won't be disappointed.