on May 4, 2011
So, in 1982 Billy Joel peered through that Nylon Curtain that separates good music from so-so music. He burst through it like Superman bursting through a wall! We really should have our own gang that goes around making havoc of his life, because he seems to make better music when he's upset.
So Mr. Joel fights in a war (Goodnight Saigon), fights the local gang (Pressure), fights disillusioned Scandanavian fans (Scandanavian Skies), fights the Government (Allentown) and, most terrifying of all, fights his wife, AHH!!! (A room of our own). That last song, by the way, is a fantastic throwback to 'she a woman', the Beatles song from '64.
In fact, Billy Joel was so angry and menacing, even his orchestra ran away! Thus leading him to write a song called 'Where's the orchestra?'. Well can you blame them? They saw he got so mad he started swearing at his girlfriend (Laura) and figured, 'if he swears at her, what will he do to us?' They quivered!
But that orchestra stuck around long enough to deliver 'Scandanavian Skies', a nightmarish string-driven song that would make Sergeant Mystery Tour proud. And versatility, he really covered a lot of ground in nine songs! Like a "diversity de marathon". And the quality... 'She's right on time' is so right on, with eerie chords and harpsichords, and 'Surprises' has that devastating piano riff, you feel kind of scared when it comes on. Admit it, you felt skairrrrd! And if you didn't, well, you knew it was a great, unsettling song.
Worth getting, even if he wanted to give the impression of an average album with a few 'decent-but-not-stellar' lead-off singles.
on February 20, 2009
The Nylon Curtain is 41minutes and 57 seconds long and was released on September 23, 1982. The Nylon Curtain reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Album chart and went Double Platinum. The album charted three songs from. The Nylon Curtain seems to be geared to an adult contemporary style of music. The only two songs that sound like rock songs are Allentown and Pressure. Otherwise it is mostly easy listening. This was Billy Joel's first album to be digitally recorded, mixed and mastered. I will give it an A.
#17 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles
#19 U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles
#28 U.S. Billboard Rock Tracks
#20 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles
#8 U.S. Billboard Rock Tracks
#59 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles
She's Right On Time
A Room of Our Own
Where's the Orchestra?