In 1980, Billy Joel came out with Glass Houses, an album many critics argue is his only true rock and roll album. The album starts off with the sound of glass shattering as the intro to the power pop classic "You May Be Right." Then Joel follows it up with the punk sound of "Sometimes a Fantasy," a song banned by many radio stations at the time for it's risque content. The album also includes the more vintage Joel, Afro-Cuban styled track "Don't Ask Me Why," but then packs a punch with the snarky "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" and the powerful "All for Leyna."
Overall, the album is arguably Joel's hardest hitting rock album. The original cover features Joel brandishing a rock with his arm cocked back and ready to throw as he stands in front of the predominantly glass house he lived in at the time on Long Island.
In approaching the redesign, I felt the original missed an opportunity to capitalize on powerful typography to represent the overall mood and sound of the album. While harkening to the beginning of "You May Be Right" with a background of shattered glass, I designed type that fits together like a puzzle, made up entirely of sharp edges and skewed, acute angles.