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Posted October 1, 2010
The 'Levittown Sgt. Pepper's'!
'The Nylon Curtain' has been called referred to as 'the Levittown Sgt. Pepper's' in at least one review I read back when it was a new album. There's some truth to this - it is Billy Joel's most overtly Beatles-influenced album. "A Room Of Our Own" has changes that remind me of "Another Girl" (from the 'Help!' album), and "Laura" sounds positively Lennonesque (almost like a lost 'Plastic Ono Band' track done by the Beatles, f-word and all). It's Billy Joel's most challenging and rewarding album (and if such a thing can be said about him, psychedelic - thus the 'Sgt. Pepper's' comment). Although it was considered not very commercial at the time, it still had two big radio hits, "Allentown", and "Pressure", both of which had more compelling messages then most of what was on the radio in 1982. 'The Nylon Curtain' is listened to best as a complete song cycle, and with headphones (tracks such as "Scandinavian Skies" and "Goodnight Saigon" call for it).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2009
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