Billy Talent II

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Billy Talent II
Studio album by Billy Talent
Released June 27, 2006
Recorded The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, B.C. 2005–2006
Genre Alternative rock, punk rock, post-hardcore, pop punk
Length 47:00
Label Atlantic
Producer Gavin "Golden" Brown with Ian D'Sa
Billy Talent chronology
Billy Talent
(2003)
Billy Talent II
(2006)
Live from the UK Sept./2006
(2006)
Singles from Billy Talent II
  1. "Devil in a Midnight Mass"
    Released: June 15, 2006
  2. "Red Flag"
    Released: September 11, 2006
  3. "Fallen Leaves"
    Released: November 19, 2006
  4. "Surrender"
    Released: April 2, 2007
  5. "This Suffering"
    Released: November 26, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (89%)[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
IGN (7.9/10)[3]
Jam! 3.5/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[5]

Billy Talent II is the second studio album by the Canadian band Billy Talent, released on June 27, 2006. The album debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 48,000 copies in its first week.[6] The album also reached #1 on the German albums chart.[7] The album was not as successful in the United States, where it peaked at #134 on the Billboard 200 music chart, selling just 7,231 units in its first week.

Release History[edit]

The band temporarily released the entire album to their MySpace page for June 23.

Beginning in the fall of 2005, songs from the new album were purposely leaked by the band. A demo of "Red Flag" circulated across the internet, even though it had already appeared on the soundtracks to Burnout Revenge, Burnout Legends, SSX On Tour, EA Sports' NHL 06, and on the Atlantic Records compilation Black by Popular Demand.

"Devil In A Midnight Mass" was the first single. A demo of the song was released on MySpace and Purevolume on Christmas Day of 2005, and the official single was released on April 20, 2006. "Red Flag" was released as the second single. A video for it was shot on July 21, 2006, in Los Angeles, California.[8]

The day after its debut, the band performed a Intimate & Interactive outdoor concert on MuchMusic in the CHUM-City Building parking lot in Toronto, Ontario. They were also interviewed by Much VJ Devon Soltendieck, and asked questions from viewers via telephone, e-mail, and videophone.[9]

"Surrender" was offered for download exclusively on Valentine's Day, 2006; it also appears on this album. According to a MuchMusic interview with the band, Surrender is supposed to be a love song. Radio recordings of that song, as well as "Covered in Cowardice", "This Suffering", and a low quality version of "Worker Bees" became available several weeks before the album's release.

The music video for their third single, "Fallen Leaves", was shot on the first two days of November 2006, in Los Angeles, CA. It was first played in Canada on Much on Demand on November 27, 2006, and worldwide the following week.

The band performed a live session for Mike Davies on BBC Radio 1's The Lockup on September 12, playing the tracks "Red Flag", "Devil In A Midnight Mass" and "This Suffering".

On November 22, the band made its American premiere on the Late Night with Conan O'Brien show, performing "Red Flag."

On January 12, 2007, the music video for "Fallen Leaves" was made available to watch in the UK on the rock channels Kerrang!, Scuzz and MTV2.

In February 2007, the video for "Surrender" was shot and debuted in Germany on April.2.2007.[citation needed]

In April 2007, the album won a Juno Award for best rock album of the year.

Although never released as a single, the band shot a music video for "The Navy Song", released exclusively through the band's Myspace, during summer 2007.

On November 26, 2007, the video for "This Suffering" was released. It was released mainly to promote the band's new live DVD 666 Live, and the music video was just a collection of clips from the 666 performances.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Devil in a Midnight Mass"   2:52
2. "Red Flag"   3:16
3. "This Suffering"   3:57
4. "Worker Bees"   3:44
5. "Pins and Needles"   3:11
6. "Fallen Leaves"   3:19
7. "Where Is the Line?"   3:49
8. "Covered in Cowardice"   4:12
9. "Surrender"   4:06
10. "The Navy Song"   4:31
11. "Perfect World"   3:06
12. "Sympathy"   3:18
13. "Burn the Evidence"   3:40

Themes[edit]

The album has less anger and language than their previous self-titled album, as they had mellowed out and matured as men and as a band. More of the songs dealt with real-life issues, to the praise of fans and critics.[7]

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard 200 134
Heatseekers Albums 3
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart 4
Finnish Albums Chart 22
German Albums Chart 1
Swiss Albums Chart 31
UK Albums Chart 46

Year-end[edit]

End of year chart (2007) Position
German Albums Chart [10] 37

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Recording Industry Association Sales
Canada 3× Platinum CRIA 300,000 Units+[11]
Germany 2× Platinum BVMI 400,000 Units+ [12]
Austria Platinum IFPIA 30,000 Units+[13]

The Worldwide Sales Estimation is 1,200,000 units.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billy Talent - Billy Talent II - Album Review". AbsolutePunk. 
  2. ^ "Billy Talent II - Billy Talent". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ "Billy Talent - II". IGN. 
  4. ^ "Album Review: Billy Talent II". Jam!. 
  5. ^ Boy, Davey. "Billy Talent Billy Talent II". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Williams, John. "BT ousts Nelly Furtado from No. 1". Jam!. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  7. ^ a b c Armstrong, Denis (2007-01-31). "Billy Talent mellows out". Jam!. Retrieved 2007-07-08. 
  8. ^ According to a posting on Network Records news in July 2006
  9. ^ Portions of the program are available at Muchmusic Axs. Aired on MuchMusic television June 28, 2006
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA)
  12. ^ "Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Aktuell". Ifpi.de. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  13. ^ IFPI Austria - Verband der Österreichischen Musikwirtschaft

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