Billy Talent
Billy Talent III


3.5
great

Review

by X3ni92 USER (4 Reviews)
November 19th, 2009 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Billy Talent is a huge success in Canada, but how successful is III?

Billy Talent III starts off with a strong song “Devil On My Shoulder”. Ian D’sa is amazing through out this song and the album, he shows how much skill he really has, with solo’s in just about every song, and stunning guitar work. The album starts going down hill right when “Rusted From the Rain” starts, a particularly boring and bland song. The album has very few songs that stand out, such as “Tears Into Wine” and “White Sparrows”. The worst song on the album is “Sudden Movements”, a very slow, bland and boring song. I have no idea what went through their minds when they came up with it, but it must have been a boring and uneventful day at the recording studio.

The album seems to have a huge focus on the Bass, as it can be heard through out the whole album (sometimes louder then the guitar), and the bass acts like the back up guitar. Not that it’s a bad thing; it’s just different, as is the whole album. Ben Kowalewicz doesn’t sound very motivated, it’s like he didn’t want to have anything to do with this album. The lyrics are quite sub-par, especially when compared to “Standing in the Rain” or “This Suffering”, a major disappointment for me. Then there’s “Turn Your Back”, it doesn’t feature Anti-Flag, as the single did. Anti-Flag brought that song to life, the song is good, just not as good as when Anti-Flag was featured. “Diamond on a Landmine” has what could be the biggest surprise out of this whole album, Ian plays piano in this song, even if it was only little bits at a time, and it works well with the song.

The bonus tracks “Bloody Nails and Broken Hearts” and “Don’t Need to Pretend” are fantastic. Well written, and great musicianship, these 2 songs sound like they were originally made for Billy Talent. I’ll never understand why they weren’t on the album in the first place. All in all, Billy Talent III takes awhile to get use to (trust me I know), and sure it’s not as good as their first 2 albums, but it’s worth it in the end.

Pros:
- Ian D’sa is still an amazing guitarist
- “Tears Into Wine”
- Bonus tracks

Cons:
- Sub-par lyrics
- “Sudden Movements”
- If you didn’t like Billy Talent before, this won’t make you think differently
- Ben Kowalewicz’s vocals


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    Simon K. STAFF (1.5)
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    AtavanHalen (1.5)
    Hold your breath and count to four....

    Acre (2.5)
    Billy Talent III aim for the mainstream, and run themselves off the road in the process....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Crymsonblaze
November 19th 2009


8232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hm, it doesn't really read like a 4 to me.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2009


31861 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

stupid review but not poorly written

AtavanHalen
November 20th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Needs a lot of work, kid

cejecj
November 20th 2009


15 Comments


This is an easy 4 maybe even 4.5 through track 9. Then it all goes horribly wrong...

Good review too

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2009


31861 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that rating needs a lotta work AH

AtavanHalen
November 20th 2009


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Not really

Aids
November 20th 2009


24462 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Proofread this shit.

Crymsonblaze
January 1st 2010


8232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Don't get discouraged, it's a good review, keep at it!

Sciroccu
January 17th 2011


951 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid album, don't know why everyone finds it so terrible, it's just a variation of what they usually do. Still great !

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AtavanHalen
January 17th 2011


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Nah, it's shit.

Ocean of Noise
September 8th 2012


10935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't mind Ben's vocals so much, but I DESPISE Ian's backup vocals. He should really just stick to his guitar work instead of bringing down potentially amazing songs. Luckily those vocals are less of a bother on this album than previously.



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