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Mixtape: Favorite Non-Singles

In the fourth entry of our ongoing Mixtape series — in which one or more writers picks about twenty songs from under a single umbrella — we’re digging deep into some of our favorite non-singles from well-known artists. As always, we’ve included a Spotify playlist to listen to as you read. Someday’s Gone – All-American…

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Reimagining Billy Joel’s Glass Houses as a Concept Album

I’ve made it through six albums in my ongoing Billy Joel retrospective, which means it’s time to write a review for his seventh: Glass Houses. It’s certainly one of Joel’s best albums, and I’ve been listening to it again recently in preparation for writing the review. There’s one thing I noticed that I wanted to comment…

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Billy Joel retrospective: A victim of desire

Over the past year, I have been working on writing in-depth reviews and features on Billy Joel’s discography. As I publish them, I will link to the articles in below Album Reviews (out of five stars) Cold Spring Harbor (1971) – *** Piano Man (1973) – ****½ Streetlife Serenade (1974) – *** Turnstiles (1976) –…

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The Top 100 Billy Joel Songs

I was driving home from work a couple months ago listening to Billy Joel’s 52nd Street (review forthcoming!), and I thought to myself, “No matter how many times I listen to Billy Joel’s discography, there are always some great songs that I had forgotten about and rediscover.” I am convinced that nobody since 1970 has written…

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My Top Five Albums – A Reflection

I have often thought about — and even attempted to draft — some sort of lengthy countdown of my favorite albums, but I keep talking myself out of it. For one, that would imply that my opinion is something worth examining closely by someone who may stumble on this site. This ain’t the Sight and…

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The Top 10 Bleakest Billy Joel Songs

“Every one of Joel’s songs — including the happy ones — are ultimately about loneliness.” – Chuck Klosterman For a singer known best as a Tin Pan Alley-inspired, Broadway-loving, pop balladeer, Billy Joel has a pretty big dark streak. You may not hear it in “Just the Way You Are” or “Uptown Girl,” but Joel’s…