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Glass Houses

Glass Houses

March 12, 1980
4.6 out of 5 stars 165 customer reviews

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This was my first album ever. I was in third grade. It was this, and Disco Duck, so, you can guess which one stood the test of time. The other album, Glass Houses, was great too! I was too young to understand why being a straight A student meant you thought too much, but, I knew that if you got bad grades, you were cool, and some day, I might have a white boy's afro, wear a leather member's only jacket, and throw a rock through my rich girlfriend's glass house. What do you want from me...I was eight years old when I first heard this album. Thanks to this album I conned my Grandparents into buying me a sax, and then a key board, and then a leather jacket, and, eventually, drums. So, thanks to Billy Joel's Glass Houses, my life would never, ever follow a linear path on the road most travelled. One thing that does stand out, other than the fact that this album still blows away every album I have bought since...the whole star spangled banner playing with the bars and tone sound leading into the song. No one these days will understand what that sound means, which makes it even better. When ever I listen to this album, it always reminds me of a simpler time when every house had one phone, no answering machine, no internet, and a TV with 3 channels on a dial that played the national anthem or star spangled banner as we all fell asleep in the living room....you know...when families all actually hung out with each other. Thank you Billy.
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Sure, I am but a mere one year older than this album, and while people in my generation groove to the likes of all the Christinas, Britneys, NSyncs and Backstreets, I take a trip back 20 years to when singers actually wrote their songs and sang about what mattered most -- not what about would make a great video. Billy is a Rock and Roll genius, and of his 15 albums, this is the ONE I could not live without!
It has just enough of his hits on it ("You May Be Right," "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," and "Don't Ask Me Why") for those who aren't fanatics. But, the core of the album (as with most of Billy's work) is the unreleased songs: "Sometimes a Fantasy," "All for Leyna," and "Sleeping with the Television On," plus the others. These are the songs that you fall in love with and listen to on repeat (or, at least I do.) They are "Glass Houses," and each is its own masterpiece written by the single best singer/songwriter of 3 consecutive decades.
Go ahead... Listen and fall in love. Nostalgia it isn't. Great music it is. The 80s feel to the music only adds to its meaning and makes you appreciate that an album 21 years old can become your favorite for the next 21 years.
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Billy's 1980 opus was such a huge hit that it's easy to forget how enduring his songs really are. "Glass Houses" was Billy's "rock" album, and while some weak production (an ongoing problem for Billy) cuts the edge, he focused on a simplicity in the songwriting that really served his voice well. "You May Be Right" is a calculated, if irresistable, first single, but the real standouts are the dark "All for Leyna" (in which he sort of warms up for "Laura" on "Nylon Curtain"), the wonderful "Sleeping With the Television On," and the delicate, gorgeously-structured "Through the Long Night."
Even the misfires are thoroughly entertaining. "Close to the Borderline" lacks the punch to fulfill its post-punk ambitions, and the lyrics are awfully dated, but it's still a delightful anguished-yuppie number, and a nice preview of the more powerful, if equally unsubtle, "Pressure." "C'Etait Toi" meanders a bit, and Billy gets bogged down in bad French, but it's a pop charmer.
Then there are the hits..."Sometimes a Fantasy," "Don't Ask Me Why," the almost novelty-hit "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me." They were all hits for a damn good reason...they have great hooks, Billy sings 'em like he means 'em, and they get better with every listen. Billy would hit his Beatlesque stride with "Nylon Curtain" and find a stronger rock sound with "Storm Front," but it's great to hear him playing with both format on "Glass Houses."
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I really like this album. "Glass Houses" contains a harder rock edge. Billy Joel proved not only can he sing a beautiful and heartfelt ballad, he can also rock! Definitely a deliberate departure from his signature sound but that's okay, because Billy is a versatile artist. "You May Be Right" and "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" were the hits from this album. Still sounds fresh and timeless (this album was released in 1980). I LOVE the deliciously risqué, "Sometimes A Fantasy". His voice on that track reminds me of Elvis Presley. "Don't Ask Me Why" has a cool and laid-back calypso feel. "Through the Long Night" and "C'etait Toi (You Were the One)" are stunning and underrated ballads. "Sleeping with the Television On" and "I Don't Want to Be Alone" have excellent and catchy choruses. "Close to the Borderline" and the explosive gem, "All for Leyna" will get stuck in your head for days and days. "Glasses Houses" tends to get overlooked compared to Billy's other albums released during this era. That's a shame because I think he made some smart choices. He took a chance and the results are stellar. I highly recommend it. Enjoy!
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