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52nd Street

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An album by Billy Joel

Following up his 1977 breakthrough smashThe Strangerwas no easy task for Billy Joel;52nd Streetshows he wasn't quite up to the challenge, though it sold similarly well and kept the momentum for his fast- track career until the more impressiveGlass Housesappeared … see full wiki

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Consistent Follow Up To The Stranger

  • Jul 12, 2003
The Stranger was Billy Joel's break out recording. The commercial trend continued with the consistent somewhat jazz flavored 52nd Street.

Most every song on the record is played on most Classic Rock radio stations. In the case of the listening public, this is a good thing as nearly every song is first rate. Until The Night is a little slow and sluggish but you have to appreciate the uplifting saxaphone solo near the end. The title track is a little low key but it is certainly harmless.

My personal faves are My Life, Zanzibar, and Stilleto. Love the bouncy beat on the later song and I appreciate the jazz touches on Zanzibar. Good pop sensibilities on My Life. Hooks galore that are totally irresistable.

The instrumental arrangements are truly the best part of this recording. Good blends between Billy's piano and all the brass. Whereas I enjoy Billy earlier more low key work, this record surely rates as consistently enjoyable.

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52nd Street
Label: Sony
Artist: Billy Joel
Release Date: October 20, 1998

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