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Kyle Smith (Twitter: @rkylesmith) is critic-at-large for National Review, theater critic for The New Criterion and the author of the novels Love Monkey and A Christmas Caroline. Type a title in the box above to locate a review.

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    You May Be Wrong About Billy Joel: He’s Great

    By kyle | April 28, 2017

    In a column, I take a look at Billy Joel haters: Why does it bother them so much that the man sells out Madison Square Garden?

    Topics: Music | 3 Comments »

    3 Responses to “You May Be Wrong About Billy Joel: He’s Great”

    1. Obama bin Biden Says:
      April 28th, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      I like Joel; my bride is a hater.

    2. Sherm Says:
      April 28th, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      I remember the first time I took my millennial sons to a steely dan show. They renamed it FogetFest but said, ‘Dad, the people were so happy, how can you argue with success even with Fagen’s aging voice…’. So screw the industry reviewers. I always remind myself how merciless they were when Shawshank came out.

    3. kishke Says:
      April 30th, 2017 at 1:14 am

      “Music writers, like high-school girls”