Billy Talent (album)

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Billy Talent
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Studio album by Billy Talent
Released September 16, 2003
Recorded December 2002
The Factory, Vancouver, British Columbia
Genre Punk rock, alternative rock, Emo, pop punk, post-hardcore
Length 41:04
Label Atlantic
83614
Producer Gavin "Golden" Brown
Billy Talent chronology
Try Honesty / Living in the Shadows
(2003)
Billy Talent
(2003)
Billy Talent II
(2006)
Alternative cover
cover for 10th Anniversary Edition
Singles from Billy Talent
  1. "Try Honesty"
    Released: September 1, 2003
  2. "The Ex"
    Released: December 23, 2003
  3. "River Below"
    Released: July 5, 2004
  4. "Nothing to Lose"
    Released: November 16, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Daily Princetonian (favorable)[2]
Decoy Music 8/10 stars[3]
Ottawa XPress 3.5/5 stars[4]
Q Magazine 3/5 stars[5]
Rock Hard 9.5/10[6]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[7]

Billy Talent is the debut studio album of Canadian band Billy Talent, after their first, Watoosh!, was released under their old name of Pezz in 1999. Billy Talent was certified 3 times platinum in Canada in January 2007.[8] The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at 2004 Juno Awards. The album was recorded at The Factory in Vancouver, British Columbia.[9]

Reception[edit]

In 2005, Billy Talent was ranked number 453 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[10]

BT Turns 10[edit]

On August 2013, Billy Talent announced a Canadian tour for Fall of that year entitled "A Return to The Roots" which they played their entire first self-titled album live to celebrate its 10th year anniversary.[11] Soon after the tour, the band announced a 10th Anniversary reissue of the album released November 26. 2013 through Warner Bros. Records that features a bonus disc of rare demos and live recordings of the album's tracklist.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Billy Talent

No. Title Length
1. "This is How It Goes"   3:27
2. "Living in the Shadows"   3:15
3. "Try Honesty"   4:13
4. "Line & Sinker"   3:37
5. "Lies"   2:58
6. "The Ex"   2:40
7. "River Below"   2:59
8. "Standing in the Rain"   3:20
9. "Cut the Curtains"   3:50
10. "Prisoners of Today"   3:53
11. "Nothing to Lose"   3:38
12. "Voices of Violence"   3:10

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
Billboard 200 194
Heatseekers Albums 11
Canadian Albums 6
Austrian Albums 69
German Albums 97
UK Albums 124

Personnel[edit]

Appearances[edit]

  • The song "Line & Sinker" can be heard in the 2003 movie 'Grind' but is not included on the official soundtrack CD.
  • The song "Nothing to Lose" is in the Polish film 'Sala Samobójców' (English: Suicide Room).
  • The song "Try Honesty" was featured as the episode title for Degrassi: The Next Generation in season 10, episode 11 and 12 (Part 1 & 2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Daily Princetonian review
  3. ^ Quote on decoymusic.com Review With Broken Link
  4. ^ Ottawa XPress review
  5. ^ Q Magazine December 2003, p. 120
  6. ^ Himmelstein, Andreas. "Rock Hard". issue 198. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Boy, Davey. "Billy Talent Billy Talent". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  8. ^ CRIA Gold and Platinum Certifications for January 2007
  9. ^ Bliss, Karen, "Billy Talent", Access Magazine (February 2003 – March 2003) 
  10. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 27. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  11. ^ http://exclaim.ca/News/billy_talent_celebrate_10th_anniversary_of_debut_album_with_canadian_tour
  12. ^ http://exclaim.ca/News/billy_talent_give_self-titled_debut_expanded_reissue_for_10th_anniversary