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The Bridge [Enhanced]

Billy Joel Audio CD
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Eclectic Gem!! Jan. 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
The opening track, "Running On Ice", has an upbeat, tempo that get's things jumping right from the get-go. The radio hit, "This Is The Time", has a nice, laid-back feeling to it. It reminds me of being at the beach, for some strange reason. You've got to love "Matter of Trust", with it's outstanding vocals and thumping beat! Interestigly, this is the only place you can hear the remastered version of "Modern Woman", because it was not included on his "Greatest Hits Vol III" or "The Complete Hits Collection", at Billy's request; this, because it reminds him of the scene in the movie "Ruthless People", where the song was used as aerobic music for Bette Midler's character. "Baby Grand", has always been a favorite, bacause of the duet with Ray Charles. The version here differs from the one on "The Essential Videos" DVD, which has a string section added in. To be quite honest, I've never really cared for "Big Man On Mulberry Street". Without going to much into detail, let's just say, Billy should stay away from singing falsetto. The next 2 songs are a tie for my favorite tracks... "Temptation", is a love song with an underlying theme of obsession; but in a good way. "Code of Silence", is a duet with Cyndi Lauper. This, I would say, is probably the most unique song I've ever heard him do. Unfortunately, he's never performed either of the two aforementioned songs in concert; at least not that I know of, anyway. "Getting Closer", is a reflection of the hard lessons Billy learned, both with his former label and having his money squandered away on bad investment choices from his former brother-in-law / financial advisor. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Listen Listen Listen Jan. 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
The secret to the success of any cd lies with the individual. Sometimes it is the hook, melody means a great deal to the experience of course. For others, it's rhythm, and still others lyrics supplanted by strong melody and/or rhythm.
Unfortunately, music is often judged on first go round. Such was the case with me regarding The Bridge. I had dismissed it when it came out, but recently I spent time in my studio (i.e. my car, with wonderful speakers and the solitude of the drive)and studied Billy from the early years through his last original. I was very much impressed with the diversity of this work, and I suggest several listens.....Modern Woman may sound 80ish to some, but I think it stands on its own. Mulberry Street is broad, a large sound with big band, and it is countered by the more typical Joel songs like Matter of Trust and This is the Time.
I think that 'veterans' like myself, guys/gals who grew up in the late 60's and have seen and heard the evolution of rock music, have learned that what initially clicks will sometimes wear down, and often other works grow with time, and that is true because we are changing, ever changing. I suggest a nice car ride, the music turned up, a mug of coffee, and 40 minutes spent with The Bridge. It's not Billy Joel's best, it's far from his worst, and for you, it might very well be special!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An ass-kicking album! Nov. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
Following the success of GREATEST HITS VOL.1 & VOL. 2 in 1985,the following year saw Billy's next all-original album THE BRIDGE. A MATTER OF TRUST kicks ass big-time! The music video shows Billy and his band performing the song for a crowd surrounding the building in which the performance is taking place. Inside the same building several floors below is a cranky,crabby woman repeatedly yelling "SHUT UP!" THIS IS THE TIME tells about memories to look back on in the future. MODERN WOMAN is from the movie "Ruthless People" released in 1986 as was this album. BABY GRAND is a duet between Billy and Ray Charles. Guest artists on this album include Cyndi Lauper on CODE OF SILENCE and Steve Winwood playing his Hammond organ on GETTING CLOSER. A MATTER OF TRUST,BABY GRAND and BIG MAN ON MULBERRY STREET are recycled for 1987's KOHUEPT,a live album recorded in Russia when Billy promotes THE BRIDGE. Except on BABY GRAND,there is no Ray Charles,but instead,Billy's band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars See review by Barrnisman above Oct. 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
The only criticism of Billy Joel here is that like many of his albums we are not getting a great deal of accomplished piano playing. "Don't ask me why" gave us a snippet of great playing but otherwise I have the feeling he didn't try. I say read that review above because that bloke is 100% correct. I find that many an album I didn't like first go round but over time became a fave of mine. As for this album, it does improve with time. "Running on ice" is a tense uptempo rocker/popper that sounds like something from Nylon Curtain. Then comes A great ballad in "This is the time" which features some groovy guitar playing. "Matter of trust" rocks big time, and is a great listen. "Modern woman" is a good uptempo pop tune that is great no matter how commercial it might seem at first. Baby Grand is a great Slow blues that features good vocals by Ray Charles. My least fave track here is the Jazz song, it isn't very melodic and the trumpets seem to blair rather than play a melody. The lyrics also seem to endlessly repeat the word "I". From the man who analyses relatinships and women so that they're no fun anymore? Temptation isn't very gifted and doesn't prove much musicianship abounding but is very pretty and sweet. Of the other two, "Code of silence" was probably a story about a lover but Cindi turned it into a lesson in psychology, seeing she helped write the lyrics to the chorus. The chorus is oustanding and the intro/outro is great too with cool harmonica but the rest of the song doesn't hold up very well. The final song could also be a song from Nylon Curtain, but is not a favourite of mine. Billy Joel is real lucky though, even his least popular amongst fans isn't rubbished. Checkout Elton fans, they love his first few albums and BASH the rest, sadly, because all his albums are fine.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  44 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of 1986!! May 18 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love this album!!! This was such a strong follow up to "An Innocent Man!" Billy put away those '50's style songs and picked up the guitar a jammed. My all time favorite Billy song "This is the Time" is on this CD. Also with songs like "A Matter of Trust", "Modern Woman", Big Man on Mulberry Street", "Baby Grand" and So on.... This CD has 9 tracks that will show you just why Billy Joel is one of the best song writers in rock history.
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A personal favorite Feb. 23 2003
By D. Rausch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've said it about Bon Jovi and I'll say it about Billy Joel; the "typical" fan irritates me because they like the music for the weakest reasons. A good beat, nostalgic and/or politically targeted lyrics, and pop mediocrity in general helped just about every album of Billy's aside from The Bridge into excessive-selling "classics" with some great songs and some adequate ones. This album is not a majority fan-favorite.
But "The Bridge" is good. Consistently good, actually. A common criticism is that it is a victim of 80's formula and production, but I only somewhat agree with that. Indeed, without naming names, suffice to say that there are MANY other 80's albums that were far less full of artistic integrity.
The album kicks off with a great piano statement, if underdeveloped. The Piano Man indeed had not betrayed his roots for the synths-of-the-day, rather, he combined them with THE PIANO, which was vital for him, the music industry at the time, and myself, all for various reasons. I often talk about the union of heart and brains, which for me is what really makes a good album. I find "This is the Time," "A Matter of Trust," and "Temptation", beyond catchy. They are highly emotional, but they also connect with the emotions in a familiar-yet-unique sort of way, if that makes sense. Billy's always had the rare talent of making simplicity endure the test of time, but i find the songs on this album FAR more MUSICALLY interesting than the dragging, monotone strums of "Captain Jack" and "Only the Good Die Young" and "Tell Her About It".
Now that I have probably made a few million enemies, I should probably get to the nucleus of "The Bridge." "Baby Grand" is one of those songs that comes along that you have to react with a "This is perfect." The presence of Ray Charles put it beyond perfect, but the song itself is just amazing. The chords are a little more complex than Billy's usual recipe, the lyrics are very touching, and the SOUL and FEEL are so deep that you can play this quite a lot before being tired of it. Everything about this song, from Billy and Ray, right down to each piano lick, is as tasteful as tasteful can get, and this is one of those songs that is the reason that music exists in the first place.
There's another duet, "Code of Silence", with Cyndi Lauper, which is pulsing and sensitive all at once, and another all-around great song. "Big Man on Mulberry Street" is also a bit complex in the horn orchestration, and just like all the others here, a bit unique. "Getting Closer" is a great way to end things, on a very positive thematic note.
The only song that screams "too 80's" is "Modern Woman", with a poor choice in synth timbres, and for me a song with unnecessary subject matter. Listening to that song and then some of the others in a certain order may taint the ears with a general residual impression of "80's", but 1) at worst it's still not that much and 2) that in itself isn't the worst thing in the world.
None of Billy Joel's recordings will ever be considered a "desert island disc" for me, his albums are just too short and simple, and I think for more than a few of his fans, there's a nostalgic bug (which there's nothing wrong with). But "The Bridge" is one of his more interesting and emotional albums, and its 40 minutes has very little filler. To just start getting into Billy (which doesn't seem possible), don't get this first, but don't wait too long to get it, either. Again, don't let others (including me) make your opinions for you. His career is filled with great music all over the place.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen Listen Listen Jan. 18 2004
By B. Nisman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The secret to the success of any cd lies with the individual. Sometimes it is the hook, melody means a great deal to the experience of course. For others, it's rhythm, and still others lyrics supplanted by strong melody and/or rhythm.
Unfortunately, music is often judged on first go round. Such was the case with me regarding The Bridge. I had dismissed it when it came out, but recently I spent time in my studio (i.e. my car, with wonderful speakers and the solitude of the drive)and studied Billy from the early years through his last original. I was very much impressed with the diversity of this work, and I suggest several listens.....Modern Woman may sound 80ish to some, but I think it stands on its own. Mulberry Street is broad, a large sound with big band, and it is countered by the more typical Joel songs like Matter of Trust and This is the Time.
I think that 'veterans' like myself, guys/gals who grew up in the late 60's and have seen and heard the evolution of rock music, have learned that what initially clicks will sometimes wear down, and often other works grow with time, and that is true because we are changing, ever changing. I suggest a nice car ride, the music turned up, a mug of coffee, and 40 minutes spent with The Bridge. It's not Billy Joel's best, it's far from his worst, and for you, it might very well be special!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars laidback mid-80s rock Nov. 4 2008
By Gary Selikow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Away from the doo-wop style and straight back into 80's rock, Billy Joel was again two steps ahead, with the mid-80s sounds.
Highlights are:

A Matter Of Trust (1986): A more upbeat rendition of a similar theme -Innocent Man from his last album . A great feel-good song.

Baby Grand (1983): A superb r&b type duo
about a man's baby grand piano and references to romance, love, failed relationships, fame and fortune.duo with Ray Charles.

This Is The Time: (1983): One of my favourite, favourites. I keep playing it again and again. Here Billy Joel displays the incredible power of the voice at it's best, and references to fading youth and remembering the best of life.

The funky Modern Woman (from the film Ruthless People).

and a collaboration with Cindy Lauper
"Code Of Silence."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The cheesiest thing Billy has ever done, and I love it for it. June 24 2010
By J. Dollak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Joel is accomplished at putting out some very charming, but also very cheesy songs. This album drips with the atmosphere of the 80s, to the extent that Cyndi Lauper guests on this album.
To be fair, Joel included a real rocker on this album - A Matter of Trust. This song used to be one of my favorite tracks of his.
But my favorites on the album are mostly the secondary songs. Running on Ice has some great drum work. Songs like Temptation are pure schmaltz, but it doesn't feel embarrassing. My favorites here are the two weakest songs - Code of Silence and Getting Closer. Both of these sound like much more forced songs for Joel, who usually has such smoothness to his work that you can't help but think that the song just poured out the way it was. These songs sound like he had to do some work to put them together. And I like that. I respect that sort of dedication to a song that obviously wasn't going to be a single.

While I have a love for this album, I don't know if it's the sort of love that other people feel. I've noticed that a lot of Joel fans are much more into the hits than I am. If you find yourself really enjoying his other non-hits, this album probably has something to offer you.
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