Streetlife Serenade contains some of the best lyrics on any Billy Joel album. Many of the songs are sung in the first person and it gives them a certain intimacy. "Streetlife Serenader" starts the album on a soft note and "Los Angeleanos" wryly mocks the denizens of L.A. "The Great Suburban Showdown" is a humorous tale of man heading back to his hometown to spend time with his parents and "Root Beer Rag" is an instrumental where Mr. Joel shows off his piano chops. "Roberta" is a good song about a lady of the night while album's hit single "The Entertainer" is a sarcastic look at show business. "The Last Of The Big Time Spenders" and "Weekend Song" are good songs while "Souvenir" is a poignant look at how life can pass you by and all you have left are the memories. "The Mexican Connection" is another instrumental that closes out the album. Streetlife Serenade is another classic Billy Joel record.