I remember in August 1993, when I first heard the album. The song "River Of Dreams" had been very popular in the UK - and Billy was trouncing his critics. It was the year I left high school, and I went to HMV in Manchester, UK to buy it on CD. I was 16, so it took me many years for the nuances of the album to come to life. And, indeed, it is like a fine wine. It is my prayer, on the strength of this album, that Billy will release a like album for his fans. His voice is so rich, and records so well. An excellent accompaniment to this was the documentary "Shades Of Grey", which showed the recording of the tracks at the Hit Factory in NYC. Zachary Alford played wonderful drums, and Dan Kortchmar's production was almost radical for Billy. Indeed, I love this record.
The minute I heard this album I grew up a little. I began to see my life in the future like I'd never done before. When I heard Two Thousand Years I knew I had to dance my first dance to it when I got married, and I did ( in 1998, close enough I guess!). When I heard Lullabye I knew I'd sing it to my child and I have ever since she was born. She's 10 now, is as big of a BJ fan as I am, and won't go to bed without me singing it to her. This album will always be special to me.
Debbie in Seattle
there are definately some fantastic songs in here, one of my favourites is 2000 years and also, this is all i have to say, definately one of the most exciting albums.
I cant stop listening to it its great, there are some real gems in this album.
His last, but by no means least, pop album, this is my favourite Billy Joel album.
I think this is his most intelligent and soul searching album, which delivers the musical brilliance we have come to expect. For example, "All About Soul" is one of his best ever tracks and describes the hard grind and untold riches in human relationships.
This album does not indulge itself with sickly sweet love songs, but deals with the harsh realities of life and the things we think about when, without sleep, we stare at the ceiling. "I must be looking for something, something sacred I lost.........I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life until I find what I've been looking for". There had to be a great deal of introspection to write these songs, then a lot of courage to share them with the world.
I can imagine the conversations he must have had with his daughter when I hear "Lullabye", and I hear the frustration of a failed relationship in "Great Wall of China"
While some of BJ's music can be great fun, if not a little adolescent at times (nothing wrong with getting in touch with the younger selves we once were), "River Of Dreams" is pure adult listening pleasure.
Did he know that "Famous Last Words" would be his last pop song? He finishes with "this is all I have to say" and my heart sinks because it was all he had to sing to us and there has been a famine ever since.
BJ definitely left the best until last. If you are a fan and you don't have this album; then SHAME ON YOU. If you are not a fan, then buy this album anyway as you don't have to be a Billy Joel fan to love it.
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