Billy Talent III

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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. Q Magazine
    40
    It may not be an unpleasant listen, but it's a strangely soulless one. [Aug 2009, p.101]
  6. Uncut
    40
    Maybe they should have bigger ambitions. [Spe 2009, p.79]
  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: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jul 30, 2016
    10
    the critics all seem to have their heads up their asses, sure it's not as good as the first or second album, but it's still very good. i willthe critics all seem to have their heads up their asses, sure it's not as good as the first or second album, but it's still very good. i will recommend this album until the day I die. Expand
  2. Sean
    Dec 4, 2009
    10
    Critics don't know what they are talking about. Great progression from their second album.
  3. 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.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
  4. TravisH
    Oct 6, 2009
    9
    After the 3rd Album they still sound as they did on the first. way to not sell out your unique style, which by the way people love and After the 3rd Album they still sound as they did on the first. way to not sell out your unique style, which by the way people love and critics for some reason do not. Expand
  5. 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 melodicFans 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
  6. CS
    Dec 3, 2009
    8
    I had to listen to it a few times before I bought into it because it does seem to lack some of the energy of the first two. Still it has I had to listen to it a few times before I bought into it because it does seem to lack some of the energy of the first two. Still it has really grown on me and though its not nearly as good as the first album it is better then the second. Definatley worth giving a chance. Expand
  7. JoshH
    Oct 15, 2009
    2
    From a band who I've enjoyed thoroughly thanks to some catchy songs, this album left me wondering.....I just can't get into these From a band who I've enjoyed thoroughly thanks to some catchy songs, this album left me wondering.....I just can't get into these new songs at all. Fans of commercial rock I think will enjoy it, but I can't get into it at all. Expand

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