By Ken Bielen
Billy Joel skyrocketed to reputation in 1977 together with his 5th album, The Stranger, and he has been an important American artist ever due to the fact. His songs are undying and liked by way of generations of lovers. The phrases and track of Billy Joel examines this influential musician's songs intimately, exploring the which means of the lyrics and putting Joel's artistry in a local and cultural context.
Covering paintings that levels from Joel's recordings with the misplaced Souls to his classical compositions, the e-book specializes in the dozen studio albums of well known song published among 1971 and 1993. A bibliographic essay is incorporated, as are either a discography and a filmography. there's additionally a distinct concentrate on the translation of Joel's songs via different recording artists.
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Strings join the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink production at the bridge and remain through the rest of the track. ” After a spell, it is time to move on, even if risk is involved. ” We have friends for awhile and get accustomed to our current setting. Then we ﬁnd new friends and forget the old friends and the place where we 34 The Words and Music of Billy Joel knew them. And the circle continues. For Joel, the song has an autobiographical element. The inspiration for the song was his desire to return to New York (after a period of trying to become a successful musician in Southern California).
Hidden behind the piano, synthesizer, acoustic guitar, and percussion is an electric guitar that contributes effective ﬁlls throughout the piece. Joel’s narrator tells the subject that he does not want to convince her with the trite words of songs heard on the radio. She may leave him, but he can only offer who he honestly is to her. If she no longer wants to stay, so be it. ” The piano- and organ-based ballad puts forth the message that your actions catch up with you. There are consequences. ” Several choir shouts add a gospel touch to the performance.
Throughout the album, Joel screams the lyrics in a grating manner in the style of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant. Several critics have labeled Attila as the worst album ever. It is certainly not Joel’s greatest work. It did not compare favorably with contemporary artists’ releases and was poorly received by the public. However, the album does receive undue negative attention due to the fact that it was created by one of the most famous recording artists of the twentieth century. Even Joel 16 The Words and Music of Billy Joel disowned the album at one point.