Album review: Billy Talent - 'III'
Canadian punks keep it real
signed, smoke corporate pole) by, well, sounding just like they did when
‘Try Honesty’ landed in 2003, Toronto’s Billy Talent have always peddled as decent a line in melody as screechiness. Their third is business as usual - ‘The Dead Can’t Testify’ and ‘Rusted From The Rain’ are serrated, moralising pop-rock, and ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ and ‘Diamond On A Landmine’ have a chunky hookiness - but a change of pace would’ve worked wonders, as the nasal vocals and ever-chiming guitar become as familiar as a mild hangover. ‘III’ is unspectacular, yet it’s laudable that Billy Talent’s chins to remain unencumbered by the ballbags of big business.
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