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Billy Talent
Billy Talent II


3.5
great

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
June 26th, 2006 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Billy Talent sure took their time to record, produce and release the follow up to their self titled debut. That was released in 2003, and more or less embraced by the listeners with mixed response. Some really loved it, some thought it was nothing more than average. Or rubbish. Depends who you ask about it.

Now, three years later, the follow up is here. Simply titled "II", and sporting thirteen tracks aimed at you listening pleasure. Depending on what you're looking for, you might really be in for a treat. I see very mixed responses from listeners for this one as well though. With the opener "Devil in a midnight mass", also the first single of the album, you're in for quite a kick start. It sounds familiar and foreign at the same time. The vocals are clearly Billy Talent, primary as well as background. The distortion sound is very Muse like though. A good fast paced song.

Does this mean that Billy Talent have changed and progressed? Not necessarily. There are some new and interesting things to the new songs. Like the mentione sound on "Devil...", in a way the start to "Worker Bees" (funny sounding bass intro, somehow it underlines the 'Bees' in the title and lyrics). But the rest is similar to the first record. Style-wise that is. You have a bit slower and more mellow songs in the wake of "Nothing to lose" ('Surrender', 'Pins and Needles'), the songs with a faster pace that are pushing forward in the tradition of "Try honesty" and "River below" ('Devil in a midnight mass', 'Perfect World'). Overall the songs on II are a bit more mellow and slower in a way. More use of clean guitar, melodies and so on. One could say that the band developed their style and direction further without changing much.

The band members work together well, that's for sure. The background vocals compliment the main vocals excellently, guitar, bass and drums fit well. All put in the picture by good production. As far as I can tell, the lyrical content has not changed a lot though. Songs about girls and ex-girlfriends (back then it was 'The Ex', not i's 'Perfect World') just as an example.

Is this album good or bad then? That really depends on how you liked the first album of the band if you're already familiar with them. As there are no really drastic changes, you will probably like this one as much as the first one. As long as you can arrange yourself with the slower pace of the songs. That means on the other hand, that if you hated the first album, you probably will not like this either. For that not enough changed here. What if you do not know Billy Talent yet? You can check out the single, but it's not all that representative for the whole album, as it sports a very different sound compared to the usual Billy Talent songs. There are possibilities to preview this as webstream online (check out the news section here for links), so the best call would be to take it for a test drive there.

If you like the previous album and similar bands though, this could really be a nice album for you. I personally would say it's a bit fresher and layered compared to the self titled, which is why I rate it a notch better. It's not that much though, as they are quite equal regarding quality.

My rating would be: about 3.7/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Damrod
Moderator
June 26th 2006


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hope you like my 50th review :chug:



This is another attempt to use the earlier release date here in Germany to provide information for users considering to buy this. Hope it helps!

SCREAM!
June 26th 2006


15756 Comments


Nice review. Comes out tomorrow here. I'll be picking this up since i really like their first cd.

Two-Headed Boy
June 26th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I might have to buy this, seeing as I liked the first one. Nice review.



Horrible album art and unoriginal title, though.

Damrod
Moderator
June 26th 2006


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The title is indeed a bit lame. I hope they don't go down the Zeppelin road and just number their albums through...

Storm In A Teacup
June 26th 2006


29157 Comments


Very nice review, Damrod. :thumb:

Happy 50th too! :chug:

metallicaman8
June 26th 2006


4677 Comments


excellent review D-rod. I this out in Canada yet?

scallahan06
June 26th 2006


124 Comments


comes out tomorrow great review

Muisee
June 26th 2006


679 Comments


To much pop and not enough punk for me, good review though.

The Sludge
June 26th 2006


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Those Canadians and their Billy Talent, I swear. This is a great review, I think I will like this about the same as their first one.

metallicaman8
June 26th 2006


4677 Comments


I'm actually no too much of fan. I may buy their new one, but only after I've heard a few singles.

SCREAM!
June 26th 2006


15756 Comments


Just go on this site:
http://www.warnermusic.de/snacks/billy-talent/visions.htm
you can listen to the whole album there.

The Door Mouse
June 26th 2006


2092 Comments


these guys suk

francesfarmer
June 26th 2006


1477 Comments


Not very good (the album), but DIAMM is pretty amazing. Nice review, I enjoyed it.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
June 26th 2006


3210 Comments


Hey, geezer - you're starting to catch up to your age with all the reviews you're submitting.

salton4444
June 27th 2006


2 Comments


nice review. i got the first album and found it was okay. i probably wouldnt get the second. anyways great review and great job on ur 50th.

El_Goodo
June 27th 2006


1013 Comments


Horrible album art and unoriginal title, though.


Nobody show him Led Zeppelin's discography.

Two-Headed Boy
June 27th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have yet to hear any singles.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 27th 2006


7927 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It took so long because they were waiting for everyone to forget their old album, so they could re-record it. It's called "II" for a reason.

Two-Headed Boy
June 27th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You jokester, you.

Zesty Mordant
June 27th 2006


1196 Comments


I like this guys as long as they don't get overplayed on the radio. However, me living in Toronto such a thing is impossible. I like the new single....so far.
Weird side note, I was a few of these guys at a bar a few summers ago and I accidentally spilt beer on the guitarist's helmet hair as I was stumbling by. I don't think he noticed.This Message Edited On 06.27.06



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