She's Got a Way: Love Songs Billy Joel Primary Artist
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As one of the biggest-selling artists of all time, perhaps it was only a matter of time before Billy Joel was subjected to a romantically themed collection, and so came She's Got a Way: Love Songs, released just in time for Valentine's Day 2013. This 18-track collection reveals an odd truth about Joel: he didn't write all that many love songs. A few of his biggest hits are love songs but only a few: the early song She's Got a Way, which wasn't a hit until its {|Songs in the Attic|} incarnation in the early '80s; Just the Way You Are, an unabashedly romantic soft rock staple that helped make him a star in the mid-'70s; This Is the Time, a gently nostalgic song from {|The Bridge|}; The Night Is Still Young, an added cut to 1986's Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2. And that's about it. Other hits here aren't really love songs -- She's Always a Woman is too nasty to be romantic (she'll carelessly cut you and laugh while you're bleedin'), Honesty isn't about love, nor is An Innocent Man -- and that's why this compilation relies so heavily on album tracks, usually from early Billy Joel albums. That is where Joel wrote about love, when he had a Travelin' Prayer and declared to his lover You're My Home. He had other love songs later, including Shameless, which {|Garth Brooks|} turned into a standard, but the overall impression left by She's Got a Way is that love songs are not Billy's forte. Which isn't to say this isn't an enjoyable collection: there are many good songs here -- all the aforementioned tunes, along with Until the Night -- and it's a good collection of Joel's moodier, slower, melodic numbers. It just doesn't quite deliver on the romance it promises.


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