Billy Joel has always wanted to be a rocker. That he made his name on piano ballads and was relegated to soft rock radio even disturbs him, if recent interviews are to be believed. For 1980'sGlass Houses, Joel opted to take on the new wave with his usual arsenal of classic rock poses. With his knack for melody in place, he connected immediately with a string of hits he never surpassed. "You May Be Right," "Sometimes a Fantasy," "It's Still Rock n' Roll to Me" and "Sleeping with the Television On" are as powerful and succinct as Joel gets. --Rob O'Connor
Billy's new wave influence shines through on this disc. Many of these songs(Sometimes A Fantasy, Closer To The Borderline, You May Be Right) are guitar driven. Other pieces have Billy's trademark piano runs. And then there's the lovely reggae flavored I Don't Want To Be Alone Anymore which is one of my all time favorites by him. Not quite as good as Turnstiles or Cold Spring Harbor but definitely a solid effort.