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Question : Who Would Be The Billy Joel Of This Day And Age?

Old 03-22-17, 09:17 PM
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Re: Question : Who Would Be The Billy Joel Of This Day And Age?

(To answer the OP).

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The biggest most famous songs over the past two decades or so, are essentially Karl Martin Sandberg "covers".
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Old 03-22-17, 10:02 PM
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Ed Shereen is awful. His songs literally sound like the caterwauling of a whiny bitch. He has zero good songs and the frequency of their airplay is evidence that payola still exists.

How about someone like Freedy Johnston or Ben Folds?
I agree about Ed Sheeran. Can't stand him.


And I would also say Ben Folds.
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Old 03-22-17, 10:29 PM
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But Billy Joel's later work wasn't as blue collar as his early stuff, and he certainly isn't trying to portray himself as such these days as Springsteen is.
True, which makes the Slate writer's hatred of Joel even more seemingly irrational, though his point is also that Joel has sometimes railed against, or taken a stance of superiority to, the entertainment industry, in essence speciously biting - or disdaining - the hand that feeds him.
In my view, there are legions of musicians far more worthy of contempt than Billy Joel.
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though his point is also that Joel has sometimes railed against, or taken a stance of superiority to, the entertainment industry, in essence speciously biting - or disdaining - the hand that feeds him.
Considering he was royally screwed out of money during the prime of his career, I don't see the issue. Then being taken to the cleaners from ex-wives... I'd be bitter too after all that.

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Let's be clear about one thing: Fantasies & Delusions wasn't "Billy Joel's last album". It was an album of classical compositions that he wrote. He doesn't even play on it.
That's like saying this is the last or latest album by Bach.


Exactly, although a better analogy would be if that Chris Gaines album was the last thing Garth Brooks put out.

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Considering he was royally screwed out of money during the prime of his career, I don't see the issue. Then being taken to the cleaners from ex-wives... I'd be bitter too after all that.
I know, and I'm not arguing that, necessarily, but the "The Entertainer", which I love, was written in 1974, long before he had been ripped off by his brother-in-law. Perhaps it was a reaction to the producer who screwed up his debut album, Cold Spring Harbor (which I like a lot), and had Joel locked into paying royalties for years thereafter.
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