Cold Spring Harbor (album di Billy Joel del 1971)

COLD SPRING HARBOR è l’album di debutto di Billy Joel ed inciso dal cantante a 22 anni nel 1971.

Dieci brani ben arrangiati da ascolto immediato che già fecero intuire il potenziale del musicista newyorkese. Già in avvio emerge la dolce e meravigliosa She’s got away, interpretata con rara intensità da Joel che spesso la eseguirà dal vivo in seguito. You can make me free è una sventagliata di brio tra ballata e accelerata. Everybody loves you continua sulla scia del pezzo precedente a dare vigore all’album pur trattando d’amore. Why judy why è una canzone d’amore bellissima e qui l’artista interroga la donna del titolo non riuscendo a capacitarsi del suo comportamento distante. Falling in the rain ha un avvincente accompagnamento di pianoforte che Joel suonerà sempre durante la sua carriera. Turn around a sua volta si pone a richiesta di ritorno sui propri passi a una donna definita da lui dolce. È poi la volta di You look so good to me, brano accattivante con un’apertura reggae e un seguito tra leggerezza e sentimenti con un bell’intervento di armonica. Tomorrow is today si apre con un dolce pianoforte e la melodia di Joel impreziosisce un testo che dà grande valore al presente. Splendida la strumentale Nocturne con il suo struggente andamento da musica classica: un brano da far accapponare la pelle. Chiude la deliziosa e notevole Got to begin again, piano voce = passione.

Pur non ottenendo un considerevole successo, COLD SPRING HARBOR col senno di poi ha conquistato una parte di critica e i proseliti di Joel: l’ennesima dimostrazione che certi grandi dischi hanno bisogno di tempo per affermarsi, benché in questo caso ci sono dieci canzoni di sicura presa che vanno in simbiosi con l’udito e per questo si cantano in ogni buona occasione.

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