Monday, April 22, 2024

Listen: Billy Joel’s Poignant, Gorgeous “Turn the Lights Back On” Picks Up Seamlessly from Singer’s Stellar Career


Billy Joel’s first single in 31 years picks up seamlessly from stellar career. The song’s lyrics are personal and poignant, fitting into his incredible catalog of hits without missing a beat — really.

The song will remind you of “Piano Man” and “She’s Always a Woman,” heavy on classical sounding piano and an undeniable rich melody that folds back into an instantly catchy hook. What a pleasure to get this gift after such a long time.

We can only hope Billy will put together a few more new songs, but if this is it, it’s a worthy cap to an amazing career.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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