“The Stranger” by Billy Joel - album review

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TJR says

The critically acclaimed fifth album from the 28-year-old piano man was delivered in September, 1977. It was a big commercial breakthrough for him, reaching #2 in the Billboad 200, breaking the Top 20 for the first time. Fuelling sales, the 4 American singles were all hits too: “Just The Way You Are” (#3), “Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)” (#17), “Only The Good Die Young” (#24) and “She's Always A Woman” (#17). It's mostly too middle-of-the-road for my tastes, but the sheer quality of the songwriting is to be admired, and I genuinely enjoy two of the tracks.

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A1 [03:30] 4.5.png Billy Joel - Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) (Billy Joel) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
A2 [05:10] 4.4.png Billy Joel - The Stranger (Billy Joel) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
A3 [04:52] 3.1.png Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel) Pop Ballad
A4 [07:37] 3.8.png Billy Joel - Scenes From An Italian Restaurant (Billy Joel) Prog
B1 [03:34] 3.8.png Billy Joel - Vienna (Billy Joel) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B2 [03:55] 7.4.png Billy Joel - Only The Good Die Young (Billy Joel) Pop
B3 [03:21] 6.4.png Billy Joel - She’s Always A Woman (Billy Joel) Songwriter
B4 [03:57] 4.0.png Billy Joel - Get It Right The First Time (Billy Joel) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B5 [06:38] 2.9.png Billy Joel - Everybody Has A Dream / The Stranger (Reprise) (Billy Joel) Soul Ballad

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