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Released December 14, 2010 for Rock Band
Billy Joel: The Hits Rock Band Edition
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Genre: Classic Rock
Album: The Hits (1980)

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Full Band
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When it comes to vocal charting, however, HMX may be right m2cks
I was initially unprepared to do a vocal review of this song, but when I noticed just how much I disagree with the only other review of this song (which, luckily enough, happens to be another vocals review), I could not help but react. Regarding this song, I admittedly did not know of it until I bought the entire Billy Joel pack, but after giving the song a few good listens and playthroughs, I have come to love it just as much as most of Joel's other work.

The chart launches immediately after the guitar's main riff, and already I could tell that this song will be fun. The pitches descend downwards in a "walking" fashion; what I mean by that is that the pitches are extended and seem to lazily drift down to the low end of the phrase. I react positively to this because it makes it easier to reach the bottom notes without struggling. Every third phrase of the song starts to descend, but they slyly shift up at the end in a very delayed fashion, which I again like because this time I can apply some extra techniques (like for example vibrato) without much difficulty. The phrases themselves can be simple to get down, but Joel would sometimes make sublte change to the main structure, meaning that the song constantly engages you in singing along with it.

The chorus goes for the more higher pitches in a more versatile pattern, varying from ascending to descending in quick, back-to-back phrases. There is a surprise hidden in the chorus that may catch even those familiar with the song off-guard: the high pitch "Ho~ but it just may be a lunatic..." At first playthrough I almost overshot the pitch, but thankfully if you would miss it, it would not affect much of the "pie". This pitch, on the other hand, does make several appearances in the choruses, so be on the lookout once you are playing the song.

The second verse features some patterns that differ from the first, with offbeat lyrical placings that extend through at least two of the phrases. I recommend that people should get more affiliated with the lyrics when attempting to sing this song (especially on expert). After that comes the second chorus, which seems at first the same as the one before it, but some phrases are sung way offbeat, in particular: "It's too late to fight / It's too late to change me". If not sung correctly, the vocalist will miss his/her chance at filling the "pie" to its maximum, meaning no FC. The third chorus that follows the instrument solos is, in fact, much, much more different than either of the preceding choruses. The pitches are higher than expected, and some are (again) offbeat from what you would perceive, so exercise caution once reaching this stage. Breeze through that final hurdle, though, you will find some easy outro phrases that consist of only two pitches, so you will not have any trouble getting through that if you were successful in passing the majority of the song already.

In short, this song is nowhere near as "predictable" and "generic" as the other reviewer would have you believe. It is an exciting, fun experience that should be enjoyable to vocalists of any skill level.

Also, let me get this off my chest: Billy Joel is a fantastic singer; his songwriting varied in quality in places in the 80s but this song is more than decently written because it tells a detailed story; the lyrics of the song do not depict a breakup in-progress, but rather a romance between two very different people. There, I am done ranting.
07.25.11 4:03am 3 Replies | Reply +2 Relevance
When It Comes to Guitar, HMX May Be Okay Gigakoops
There's not that much variation, but what's here is fun enough. The main lead lasts a measure per repetition, and has you going down and around the neck in that time, with a G-Y-O-B-G-R pattern. The verses have you doing some chords and root notes while moving around enough to keep you busy. The choruses then have you varying in speed around the neck. The solo has some HOPO string bends followed closely by chords, followed by some orange notes and assorted lower notes.

It's not much, but what's there isn't all that bad to play, especially compared to other Billy Joel songs. This was pretty fun to play through, despite it being repetitive.
06.16.13 8:49am 0 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
When it comes to vocal tiering, HMX may be wrong. Lowlander2
Billy Joel was known more for his piano playing than his actual singing, and judging by this song, that's for good reason. This isn't a a particularly hard song to sing.

You May Be Right is one of those songs that has the same tune three times, and it's a predictable one. That doesn't make it bad, but it does make it generic and not very challenging. That fact that this is a breakup song doesn't help either.

Not horrible, but this song basically showcases BJ's comedown in the 80s; lazy songwriting. If you like this song, it's good for parties etc. Hardcore singers should avoid.
01.08.11 5:31pm 2 Replies | Reply +1 Relevance
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