Billy Talent III - Billy Talent
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  • Summary: The third studio album (under the Billy Talent name) for the Canadian band was produced by Brendan O'Brien.
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. When they stretch farthest away from their origins, as they do on the plodding power ballad 'Sudden Movements,' their sound takes a turn for the best.
  2. Brendan O’Brien, best known for his continuous work with Pearl Jam and Springsteen, takes over from Gavin Brown on Billy’s third s/t offering, and there’s some noticeable dulling of the edges here.
  3. III is unspectacular, yet it’s laudable that Billy Talent’s chins to remain unencumbered by the ballbags of big business.
  4. the overall tone of Billy Talent III is, at best, one of stagnation and, at worst, one of regression.
  5. 40
    Maybe they should have bigger ambitions. [Spe 2009, p.79]
  6. It may not be an unpleasant listen, but it's a strangely soulless one. [Aug 2009, p.101]
  7. The intensity on Billy Talent III feels the same as the intensity of the band's live show, awkwardly forced and absolutely repellent.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Jul 27, 2011
    10
    This album got my really into Billy Talent music. Although I had known before two or three songs, I did not pay attention to that album. Whatever the critics say... I don't care. This is my favourite album. Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2011
    9
    This is a great album, and a natural progression from Billy Talent I and II (btw why are they not on Metacritic? they deserve a 10). The critics are completely ridiculous. While the album is definitely not as edgy and intense as the first two efforts, there is definitely insane guitar work that rivals anything that is out right now. The best songs include but are not limited to: Devil on my Shoulder, Rusted from the Rain, Saint Veronika, White Sparrows, The Dead can't Testify, Diamond on a Landmine, Turn your back and Sudden Movements. Expand
  3. Aug 18, 2012
    9
    One of the best album in history! Billy Talent got better and better with every single one of their albums and so this ist their very best so far! So much great songs with a lot of story in it. BUT it is still fun to rock your ass off to it (I can say that, I saw them live!). I learned to love Billy Talent with this album and I'm looking forward excitedly to their upcoming album 'Dead Silence'! Critics really don't know what they're saying. Not so rough anymore, but rough enough to rock off with it! Expand
  4. Apr 12, 2013
    8
    Fans have a dangerous ability to become negative when hit by change. The third album is a solid album that retains the lyrical and melodic talent of the band. That said, it falls short of the first two 'Billy Talent' albums which were sublime. That does not write it off however, it still provides a powerful listen. Expand

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