Big Talk (album)

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Big Talk
Studio album by Big Talk
Released July 19, 2011
Recorded November 2010 and January 2011 at Battle Born Studios, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Genre Indie rock
Length 40:64
48:15 (Deluxe Edition)
Label Epitaph
Producer Joe Chiccarelli, Ronnie Vannucci Jr.
Big Talk chronology
Big Talk
Straight In No Kissin'
Singles from Big Talk
  1. "Getaways"
    Released: May 11, 2011
  2. "Replica"
    Released: July 20, 2011
  3. "Big Eye"
    Released: October 14, 2011

Big Talk is eponymously titled debut album by the American indie rock band Big Talk. It was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. and released on July 19, 2011 through Epitaph Records.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Katzenjammer"   Vannucci 4:46
2. "Getaways"   Vannucci 3:22
3. "Under Water"   Vannucci 4:28
4. "The Next One Living"   Vannucci 3:27
5. "Replica"   Vannucci 3:58
6. "No Whiskey"   Milne, Vannucci 3:55
7. "Girl At Sunrise"   Milne, Vannucci 3:37
8. "White Dove"   Vannucci 2:35
9. "Living In Pictures"   Vannucci 2:33
10. "Hunting Season"   Vannucci 3:45
11. "A Fine Time To Need Me"   Vannucci 3:24
12. "Big Eye"   Vannucci 3:54
Total length:
Deluxe Edition
No. Title Length
13. "Hey Marie"   4:22
14. "The Hooker"   3:29
Total length:

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (58/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars [3]
The Telegraph 3/5 stars [4]
Las Vegas Weekly 3/5 stars [5]
NME 7/10 stars [6]
The Guardian 2/5 stars [7]
The Scotsman 3/5 stars [8]

SPIN's William Goodman wrote "While Brandon Flowers has been largely credited with the Killers' infectious rock melodies and hooks, it now appears that the band's secret weapon was sitting behind the drum kit." He continues that single "Getaways" is "an anthemic electro-rock jam with glistening synths and an upbeat, fun '80s feel, but in a way catchier (and better) way..."[9]

The album was described by Digital Spy as the "rock club-shaped soundtrack to the summer".[10]

David West of Rhythm Magazine wrote of tracks "Getaways" and "Replica" that "they rocked". He cites "Sharp riffs, great vocals, and of course the driving power that gives The Killers their lethal edge," as reasons for his positive review.

Spinner's Theo Spielberg wrote, "Not straying far from the synth-rock brand of music the Killers peddle, Big Talk throws out epic hooks, anthemic riffs and '80s-style feel-goodery with effortless conviction. At times Vannucci sounds uncannily like bandmate Brandon Flowers. However, he also tries his hand at dirty Spaghetti Western tunes (see 'No Whiskey') as well as Wilco-ish alt-country rock ('Girls at Sunrise') with the same tangible delight of exploration he demonstrates simply by stepping out from behind the drums."[11]

Simon Price of the British newspaper the Independent wrote, "It's much more fun than the Brandon Flowers album. Which, admittedly, isn't very big talk at all."


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
NME UK Best Albums of 2011 (Editors' Pick) 2011 #24



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  8. ^ "Album reviews: The Wolfmen | Big Talk | Danny & The Champions Of The World | Classical | Folk | Jazz | World - News -". Edinburgh: 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
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