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Glass Houses

Glass Houses

by Billy Joel Billy Joel
Glass Houses

Glass Houses

by Billy Joel Billy Joel

SACD(Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid)

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Overview

The back-to-back success of The Stranger and 52nd Street may have brought Billy Joel fame and fortune, even a certain amount of self-satisfaction, but it didn't bring him critical respect, and it didn't dull his anger. If anything, being classified as a mainstream rocker -- a soft rocker -- infuriated him, especially since a generation of punks and new wave kids were getting the praise that eluded him. He didn't take this lying down -- he recorded Glass Houses. Comparatively a harder-rocking album than either of its predecessors, with a distinctly bitter edge, Glass Houses still displays the hallmarks of Billy Joel the pop craftsman and Phil Ramone the world-class hitmaker. Even its hardest songs -- the terrifically paranoid "Sometimes a Fantasy," "Sleepin' With the Television On," "Close to the Borderline," the hit "You May Be Right" -- have bold, direct melodies and clean arrangements, ideal for radio play. Instead of turning out to be a fiery rebuttal to his detractors, the album is a remarkable catalog of contemporary pop styles, from McCartney-esque whimsy ("Don't Ask Me Why") and arena rock ("All for Leyna") to soft rock ("C'etait Toi [You Were the One]") and stylish new wave pop ("It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," which ironically is closer to new wave pop than rock). That's not a detriment; that's the album's strength. The Stranger and 52nd Street were fine albums in their own right, but it's nice to hear Joel scale back his showman tendencies and deliver a solid pop
ock record. It may not be punk -- then again, it may be his concept of punk -- but Glass Houses is the closest Joel ever got to a pure rock album.


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Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2012
Label: Mobile Fidelity
UPC: 0821797209168
catalogNumber: 2091
Rank: 9652

Tracks

  1. You May Be Right
  2. Sometimes a Fantasy
  3. Don't Ask Me Why
  4. It's Still Rock and Roll To Me
  5. All For Leyna
  6. I Don't Want To Be Alone
  7. Sleeping With the Television On
  8. C'etait Toi (You Were the One)
  9. Close To the Borderline
  10. Through the Long Night

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