The Last Songwriter

PERFORMER: BILLY JOEL

ALBUM: RIVER OF DREAMS

LABEL: COLUMBIA

THE BOTTOM LINE: In a splendid set, the popmeister goes mopin', hopin' and doo-woppin' in no-man's-land.

In the middle of the night, he went walking in his sleep from the mountains of fame, through the valley of fear, the jungle of doubt and the desert of truth . . . to the river of dreams.

It's a familiar itinerary for ambitious singers of a certain age. At 44, Billy Joel has some lovely hardware: platinum albums and a shelfful of Grammys. He has a model wife (Christie Brinkley) and a daughter (Alexa,...

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