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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: Billy Talent / Audio CD released 2006-06-26 at Atlantic

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      04.05.2010 10:03
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      A top notch album from an extremely 'talented' (sorry!) alt. punk-rock band

      Im afraid im alone in my opinions of Billy Talent amongst most of my friends, but i just think this album is so amazing! The guitar work really is inspiring - just listening to 'Devil in a Midnight Mass' im compelled to stand up and start thrashing my head around! All the other tracks are great as well, each displaying individual musical and lyrical quality and flair. Unfortunately, many albums out there tend to blend into one messy filler - not this one! There is undeniable variety across the track list and, although their themes may be largely reminiscent, again the guitar work never fails to impress anew. Although many people I know seem to find the vocal style irritating, I think it complements the genre perfectly, and is well carried in a live setting.

      This is definitely my favourite of the three albums and i dont hesitate in urging you to buy it!

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      31.03.2010 03:21
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      Another very good album

      Okay so after finally hearing Billy Talent's newest album I was suitably impressed and so decided to check out some of the back catalogue starting with the previous album.

      Upon listening to this back it quickly became apparent that this album is in stark contrast to the newest album. Thankfully what still is very much in evidence is the precious talents of the guitarist who endlessly delivers brilliant riff after riff.

      There are 13 tracks on this album and one of the standouts to the album is the excellent Pins and Needles a tale of not keeping hold of the one you love and is perhaps the slowest and most mellow of the songs on offer. The other big song on this album is the radio hit Fallen Leaves which describes a town whose inhabitants have nothing but broken dreams and broken lives, "fallen leaves on the ground" It is though contrary to it's content delivered with a hard rock gusto which is both very catchy and still resonates the message.

      In fact the theme of this album is more punk oriented with an overlay of rock. The bulk of the songs are delivered with a fast uptempo rhythm full of energy and verve. The best way to describe the type of songs on this album is anthemic, very enjoyable and catchy. There is as result less emphasis on melody and there are some songs on here like Worker Bees which simply does not work.

      Listening to this band on this album is like listening to a much more intelligent, diverse talented version of Sum 41 and Blink 182. They are by no means breaking any new ground here but they execute this will aplomb and again a very good album from the canadian punksters/rockers.

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      07.11.2009 01:11

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      Well worth a listen.

      I think Billy Talent are one of those bands where you either love them or loathe them. I would say that the main thing that sets them apart from the rest of the modern day punks are Bens, shall we say, *unique* vocals. I say this because in my experience people either think he's a great singer embracing his individuality, or a real life Terrence and/or Phillip from South Park. In some cases, I have found that people love him for that fact! Each to their own I suppose.

      Anyway, I have to say that I love their style. Their songs are so full of energy! I own this album, and their first album - I'm yet to buy their third. Of the two I have, I think this is my favourite. Although they are both awesome, I just find that the songs on this one are catchier and more lively. It's hard not to get up and dance to songs as great as Red Flag and Fallen Leaves. As for trying not to sing along, don't bother! Red Flag is probably their best known song. It's the first song I heard by them,a nd it's what motivated me to buy their album. From that day, I haven't looked back and will remain a loyal all singing all dancing fan until they stop making such great pick-me-up music! Some of their songs are a little more serious than others, but they always seem to do it with a smile nonetheless :)

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      03.11.2009 16:19

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      Overall I love this album and would completely recommend this album to anyone

      I had never been a fan of Billy Talent, the first songs I hured from them was the song Red Flag I did like this song but I did not know if Billy Talent was any good. I was searching for music to put on my Ipod so I went and bought this cd I am very impressed with it so far.

      The band Billy Talent is a very high quality band. I also am a very big fan of the style of music that they sing so that is properly why I like them so much. I first enjoyed this cd so much that It was the only thing that I would listen to responsibly because there are so much good songs such as Surrender and Covered In Cowardice. The high quality of the band is not what I expected from them I did not know what to expect but I did not expect what I hured which is very good. Just the other day I wanted to find some songs from Billy Talent that I had not hured before so that I searched on Youtube and found some new songs that I was very impressed with.

      This review is also on Ciao, Dooyoo and many other reviewing sites

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      04.03.2009 01:43
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      Into punk? Give these guys a listen

      Billy Talent is a fairly well known punk rock band from Canada. They released their second studio album, simply named Billy Talent 2, in 2006.

      The music style here is mostly the same as their original stuff, relying heavily on intense guitar and screaming/singing from the singer, Benjamin Kowalewicz, as well as singing from the bands two guitar players.

      Most of the music style on this CD is fast paced and aggressive, and never really lets down throughout the songs. Song songs, such as 'Fallen Leaves' lead electrical contain guitar solo's, which add a nice change to pace.

      The track list as is follows

      Devil in a Midnight Mass" - 3:00
      Red Flag" - 3:20
      This Suffering" - 3:57
      Worker Bees" - 3:44
      Pins and Needles" - 3:11
      Fallen Leaves" - 3:19
      Where Is the Line?" - 3:49
      Covered in Cowardice" - 4:12
      Surrender" - 4:06
      The Navy Song" - 4:31
      Perfect World" - 3:06
      Sympathy" - 3:18
      Burn the Evidence" - 3:40

      The most recommendable songs in my opinion would be-

      1. Devil in a midnight mass. This song starts off with screaming, and doesn't let up from there. It mainly alternates between a few seconds of singing, and then some heavy guitar, and the backup vocalits really add spice to this, with screaming over the lead singers voice at points, and a heavy drum beat in the background. It doesn't have much of a tune, but the sheer rapid pace and use of various vocal skills make up for that.

      3. This suffering. Unlike most of the songs on this album, this had a slower pace. A background tune of electrical guitar plucking sets a nice melody to this, with a throbbing little chorus, which then fades back into Benjamin singing lightly to the melodic backing tune.

      6. Fallen Leaves. This song has a good steady pace. Interesting lyrics and Benjamins voice carry this one swiftly through, with a steady background beat, untill, at 1:49 we are greeted with a heart melting guitar solo by Ian D'sa. All in all, a very catchy little number!

      I would recommend this to any fan of quite catchy punk rock, or even pop rock, but everyone should give them atleast a listen to and judge them for yourself.

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        11.02.2009 14:12
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        Brilliant Release From A Brilliant Band

        **THE BAND**
        Billy Talent are a Canadian punk band that have been around since 1993 and are still going strong today! Their sound is completely unique and there isn't a song that this band has created that I havent loved! The current members of the band are: Ben Kowalewicz (lead vocals), Ian D'Sa (lead guitar), Jonathan Gallant (bass guitar) and Aaron Solowonivk (drums). So far Billy Talent have released three studio albums:
        Watoosh! (1998)
        Billy Talent (2003)
        Billy Talent II (2006)


        **BILLY TALENT II TRACKLIST**
        1. Devil In A Midnight Mass
        2. Red Flag
        3. This Suffering
        4. Worker Bees
        5. Pins And Needles
        6. Fallen Leaves
        7. Where Is The Line
        8. Covered In Cowardice
        9. Surrender
        10. The Navy Song
        11. Perfect World
        12. Sympathy
        13. Burn The Evidence


        **MY FAVOURITE TRACKS**


        **2. RED FLAG**
        If you have read my review on my top ten favourite songs then you will have seen that this song features. It is a fantastic track that I will never get bored of. I love Ben's voice and the energetic, aggressive feel of this song is amazing. It's very fast paced and quite hard to understand but if you listen to the lyrics closely you will see that they are actually quite clever and carry strong messages. I think that the main message behind this track is to learn from other people's mistakes, that each generation should try and improve the way they do things, I may be completely wrong though, everyone interprets music in different ways! My favourite lyrics from this track are: "Cast off the crutch that kills the pain, the red flag waving never meant the same, the kids of tomorrow don't need today when they live in the sins of yeaterday". I would rate this song 10/10, it's brilliant.


        **5. PINS AND NEEDLES**
        I absolutely love this track!! It has a brilliant mixture of soft verses, a heavy chorus, fantastic lyrics and a whole load of raw emotion. I love the sense of drama and desperation. I think that the meaning of this song is actually quite long. I think that it is about a relationship- the girl means everything to the guy, he really doesn't want to lose her but he is actually pushing her away with his jealousy and doubts. Again, this is just my interpretation. My favourite lyrics are: "Questioning her good intentions, jealousy's a bad invention, when you push on glass it's bound to break, even when she was defensive, it just gave me more incentice, the more you squeeze the more it slips away"- I would post all of the lyrics if I could because they are so good. Again, 10/10.


        **6. FALLEN LEAVES**
        As with most of the songs on this particular album, I love it because of the lyrics, they carry very strong messages. The riffs in this song are very catchy, as is the chorus and again, I really like the sound of Ben's voice, it's so original. Personally, I think that this song is about how society can treat certain perople, like drug addicts. This song is actually about a drug addiction, but I think that the 'fallen leaves' are the people that are just swept under the carpet. As with the rest of this album I may well be way off with my interpretation but it's just what I think! My favourite lyrics from this song are: "Can't get no job, can you spare a dime? Just one more hit and I'll be fine, I swear to God this'll be my one last time! In a crooked little town they were lost and never found, fallen leaves, fallen leaves, fallen leaves on the ground, run away before you drown or the streets will beat you down, fallen leaves, fallen leaves, fallen leaves on the ground". 10/10.


        **MY OVERALL OPINION**
        What an amazing album. Out of the three Billy Talent albums this definately has to be my favourite, even though they are all brilliant. This band just seems to be getting better and better. I love the way every song tells a story or has a strong meaning or message. Not many songs are like that these days. I love the unique sound, this is a very talented band and I really can't wait for their next release which I think will be this year. I would recommend this album to all punk fans. 10/10 from me!

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          20.04.2008 04:43
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          'Billy Talent II' is most certainly an album that I would recommend listening to.

          Billy Talent is a successful Canadian rock band that formed in Mississauga, Ontario back in 1993. In Canada the bands 'Billy Talent' album is classified triple platinum whilst this 'Billy Talent II' album double platinum. Both albums from the band have been excellent, I personally am a huge fan of each of these releases and for a long time now have been following the progression of this fantastic Canadian band. The music is hard hitting and always it is hugely impressive as Billy Talent here blast their way through this exciting 'Billy Talent II' album.

          It all begins with 'Devil in a Midnight Mass', a fiery track of epic proportions and one that I feel starts the album sensationally. Not once does the music on this album disappoint, from start to finish never is the music of Billy Talent anything short of sensational. Tracks such as 'Red Flag' and 'Surrender' impress hugely and not once does the music fail to ignite. Such energy is contained within this album, a high level of enthusiasm is here expressed by the great band that is Billy Talent.

          'Surrender' is actually one of the slower paced tracks from this release, it's without doubt one of the finest however and does contain its fair share of bite. The track is catchy, the vocals are excellent, and always it is instrumentally exceptional. Few bands can impress me quite so much as Billy Talent can. All members of this band are hugely talented I feel and given that the band has been together since 1993 it is no wonder that all four of the bands members play so well together. Billy Talent is an extremely tight unit, a group of musicians that plays perfectly together and always entertains with some extremely well produced and finely created rock music.

          The chorus of 'Red Flag' has to be my favourite of all on this album. It is greatly fiery and every element of the music here comes together to perfection in order to provide for me the highlight of this release. 'Billy Talent II' is an excellent album and there are many fine tracks but for me this track stands out more so than any other. 'Red Flag' is a fine piece of music, right from the very first time I heard it I loved this one and never have I grown tired of it. I don't think I shall ever cease to enjoy this track, or any of those present on this album in fact; all of the music on this album impresses me greatly and never does Billy Talent here put a foot wrong as a band.

          'Burn The Evidence' ends this album on a high, yet another fiery offering of music from the band and a track that does nothing but impress me. As ever the chorus is absolutely fantastic and the music here is an absolute joy to listen to. Closing tracks are extremely important to me on albums, always they have to be perfect and it must be said that 'Burn The Evidence' isn't far from it. It's extremely hard hitting, instantly it grabs your attention and not once does it let go. It'd be hard to listen to 'Burn The Evidence' without finding yourself to be highly impressed I feel, the music is just so exquisite and in my opinion this is perhaps one of the finest closing tracks there is.

          Although titled 'Billy Talent II', this is actually the third album to have been released by this band albeit their second as a major label artist. It's an excellent display of rock which combines magnificently the genres of alternative rock and post-hardcore. The music is fiery, the vocals are superbly sung and never once in the albums 47 minute run time do I ever find myself to be anything but entirely impressed. Billy Talent is an inspirational rock band, the first track I ever heard of theirs was 'The Ex' which featured on the 'Billy Talent' album and since then I have had nothing but love for this band. The music is full of energy and always extremely fun, to tell you the truth I can't recommend this 'Billy Talent II' album highly enough. In my opinion this is one of the best albums that has ever been released in its genre, thirteen tracks are here contained of absolute aural excellence.

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Devil In A Midnight Mass
          2 Red Flag
          3 This Suffering
          4 Worker Bees
          5 Pins And Needles
          6 Fallen Leaves
          7 Where Is The Line
          8 Covered In Cowardice
          9 Surrender
          10 Navy Song
          11 Perfect World
          12 Sympathy
          13 Burn The Evidence