Billy Talent - Billy Talent III (Cover Artwork)

Billy Talent

Billy Talent: Billy Talent IIIBilly Talent III (2009)
Atlantic / Roadrunner

Reviewer Rating: 2
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Billy Talent I was a debut album that rocked in parts, and showed promise. Billy Talent II was an amazing album that rocked throughout, and showed passion. Billy Talent III can be summarized in one word: meh. Basically, it's not bad; it's just boring. By the time you reach the first chorus .
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Billy Talent I was a debut album that rocked in parts, and showed promise.

Billy Talent II was an amazing album that rocked throughout, and showed passion.

Billy Talent III can be summarized in one word: meh.

Basically, it's not bad; it's just boring. By the time you reach the first chorus of the first song, "Devil on my Shoulder", the listener has already endured a plodding opening riff and verse. And that is the prevalent attribute of this album really–it knows how to plod. The aforementioned "Devil on my Shoulder" and the subsequent track, "Rusted from the Rain", suffer from repetitive, un-catchy choruses. "Rusted from the Rain" is the lead single from the album, and is everything a lead single generally isn't: It's slow and unimaginative throughout. Admittedly, the closing chorus does pack a punch, somewhat, but most people won't hear it. Because they will be asleep.

A far more appropriate single would have been the strongest track, "Turn Your Back". Lyrically, the band reach their high point with their scathing political and social commentary, and the driving guitars and drums support a memorable chorus. The lyrical low point is "Pocketful of Dreams": "Reach into a pocketful of dreams / Now, before they fall out of the seams / Take a chance, don't matter if you fail / You're too scared to try 'cause you might break a nail." Well, it rhymes. I'll give them credit for that.

"Tears Into Wine" has some high points, and the vocals reaching their pinnacle. "White Sparrows" occasionally stumbles across something exciting, but that's the major quibble–the songs don't do enough to maintain a high level of interest. Oh, and "Sudden Movements" is pure unadulterated tedium in song form.

Anywho, musicianship-wise, Billy Talent are accomplished. Ian D'Sa certainly knows how to use his guitar, and his vocal harmonies are always well-executed. Jon Gallant is a creative bassist, and Aaron Solowoniuk keeps the drumming solid with some nice flourishes, thank you very much. Ben Kowalewicz has a whiny voice, but endearingly so; at least, when he's not using it to strain to some cringe-worthy screaming (see "Saint Veronika". Just as the song was beginning to go somewhere, out come the screams and the song goes somewhere completely different and much worse.). But come on guys! Use your talents for a greater good!

Just to reiterate, this stuff is not bad. You could take one of these songs and shove it in the middle of Billy Talent II, and it would be a weaker song but ultimately tolerable. A whole album pretty much full of songs of that calibre though? It's the musical equivalent of a cold, wet sponge to the face.

So if you like cold, wet sponges to the face, this is highly recommended.


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Pacer (August 24, 2011)

They can do so much better.

I think what you mean is they *have* done so much better. No band decides to put out a shitty album. It's a mistake that a lot of people make to think a band is just not trying. They just didn't have a good album in them at the time, which isn't surprising considering they'd been going full pelt for a few years there.

MCSalter (August 24, 2011)

Well at the time of this release, I probably considered II one of my all time favourite albums, it's just that III did absolutely nothing for me. They can do so much better.

RobGoesToCollege (August 23, 2011)

I'd say their albums have all been really good, 1 being my favourite, and 3 the least. Can't help but feel that this review was a little harsh, I mean the amount of "Punk" crap that gets released every week gets higher ratings than this, and this is a fantastic album. If you actually like Billy Talent, then you'll like this. If you don't then listen to their other albums first before this one and you will.

robalobadob (August 23, 2011)

I often mistake I for I when discussing albums that are numbered with roman numerals. I find II or III easier though.

bouncingcoles (August 23, 2011)

I think this album is definitely pretty good. not as good as the two other albums at some points but overall i still think its pretty good but they could do better.

BeaArthur (August 23, 2011)

Agree with your comments on I, but I thought II was very boring. It really seemed like they took their sound from I and just tried to make it sound more like what was on the radio at the time.

pacer (August 23, 2011)

I was my favourite, but II had some songs that were better than everything on I. This I don't think I even got through all the way.

PMAtill_ImDOA (August 23, 2011)

I think their first album was better than 2. 2 had some sweet tunes however. 3 was ok

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