The Stranger

Billy Joel - The Stranger
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1977 Ratings: #35 / 76
User Score
Based on 68 ratings
1977 Ratings: #14
September 29, 1977 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Even if his melodies sound more Broadway than Beatles ... there's no denying that the melodies of each song on The Stranger are memorable, so much so that they strengthen the weaker portions of the album. Joel rarely wrote a set of songs better than those on The Stranger, nor did he often deliver an album as consistently listenable.

80
Slant Magazine

Billy Joel’s seminal 1977 release The Stranger is a concept album of sorts, an ode to the singer’s native New York underscored by his paranoid obsession (and resistance) to change.

liammenzies
96
‪One of the greatest singer songwriter albums I’ve heard. The themes as well as depth of love and identity on top of the production and Joel’s performance was absolutely enthralling. So happy I finally gave this a go.‬
matscomh
88
hell this was fun. and complex. loved it.
lucacdornelles
100
SONGS RANKED:
9. Get It Right the First Time
8. Everybody Has a Dream
7. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
6. Only the Good Die Young
5. The Stranger
4. Vienna
3. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
2. She's Always a Woman
1. Just the Way You Are
92
The only true classic Joel released, "The Stranger" is filled to the brim with memorable performances and fantastic lyricism. Billy Joel is never a more captivating performer than on this album, and the experience is made even better by the solid production. Overall, this is a great singer-songwriter album, only hurt by the last three songs not living up to the standard set by the first six.
Track Ranking:
Vienna > Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) > Scenes from an Italian ... read more
Tielur
92
Awh he's tradin in his chevy for a cadilac ac ac ac ac
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