Readers' Poll: The Ten Best Billy Joel AlbumsPicks include 'Glass Houses,' 'River of Dreams' and 'Turnstiles'
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10. 'River of Dreams'
Nobody knew that River of Dreams would be Billy Joel's last album when it came out in August of 1993, but looking back, the clues were there. It had been four years since Storm Front, marking the longest break of his career. Clearly, he was feeling a little tapped. The LP also ends with a lovely ballad called "Famous Last Words." "And these are the last words I have to say," he sang. "It's always hard to say goodbye/But now it's time to put this book away/Ain't that the story of my life." He was 44 when the album came out, but he felt it was time to hang it up. Fortunately, he ended on a real high. River of Dreams may have hit near the peak of grunge, but songs like the title track, "All About Soul," "No Man's Land" and "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)" were all hits. His fans (and his label) are still waiting for the follow-up to River of Dreams, but odds are high it will never come.