(2013) She's Got A Way: Love Songs

Billy Joel

... read moreAs 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...

01:18′:42″ 18 Songs

1
Billy Joel
Travelin' Prayer
4:10
2
Billy Joel
The Night Is Still Young
5:26
3
Billy Joel
This Is The Time
4:59
4
Billy Joel
She's Got A Way (Live At The Paradise, Boston, Ma - June 1980)
3:00
5
Billy Joel
Temptation
4:12
6
Billy Joel
Nocturne
2:46
7
Billy Joel
Until The Night
6:35
8
Billy Joel
She's Right On Time
4:14
9
Billy Joel
You're My Home
3:11
10
Billy Joel
Just The Way You Are
4:49
11
Billy Joel
She's Always A Woman
3:19
12
Billy Joel
State Of Grace
4:32
13
Billy Joel
Honesty
3:51
14
Billy Joel
This Night
4:20
15
Billy Joel
Shameless
4:27
16
Billy Joel
An Innocent Man
5:18
17
Billy Joel
All About Soul (Remix)
5:57
18
Billy Joel
And So It Goes
3:36
Released 21 January 2013, This compilation ℗ 2013 Sony Music Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Review

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine