Just when it was getting cloudy out, Mr Mailman popped into FADERville with this *Ray* (chortle chortle) of sunshine: the debut album from Billy Joel/Christie Brinkley progeny, Alexa Ray Joel. It's hard to say what part of this teen-dream trip to the recording studio was our favorite: Alexa's cover of Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down," Alexa's shout-outs to Mom and Dad, ("Dad: Nobody says it better than you: 'do what you love and you'll love what you do'—hey, that rhymes!" [Ed: it does?]) or Alexa's handwritten inspirational etiquette included in the liner notes: "Don't confuse manners with mayonnaise!" It was all good, clean fun until we got to the disturbing Long Island Lolita shot pictured above, and the potentially wildly creepy thank you to photographer Alan Scott: "Alan, thanks for taking such beautiful pictures, and for all your "extra" help with these pics..." We're not asking any questions because we don't have any answers—except for Piano Man, what havoc hath ye wrought?
September 20, 2006