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Billy Joel ~ Nylon Curtain
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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...Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
A little overwhelming with the upper end for me, the cymbals were a little to forward in the overall presentation forcing me to turn down the treble. Read morePublished 21 months ago by The Seeker
it might sound out of context, but, Billy has always been a devoted beatle fan, and during the recording of this album, you can clearly see their inspiration.... Read morePublished on April 13 2004 by polo
Supposedly this album was made while Joel was doing alot of cocaine. I guess this shows on some of the music and lyrics. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004 by rick andreola
After listening to this album for a while, I have to say my favourite three tracks are
1. She's right on time - Just wonderful, sounds like a Fortunes song fromt he 60's btu... Read more