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Lighting the way for the Future,
This review is from: Billy Talent [U.S. Version] (Audio CD)
When a friend of mine first told me he was going to put the Billy Talent album on, i didn't really get all that excited. 'It's Emo isn't it?' I asked. 'Yea' was the reply. I became even less enthusiastic. Emo has never been what i listened to out of choice. However, as soon as the opening riff for 'this is how it goes' came through those speakers, i was inspired. A guitarist myself, i was hooked from the start. We listened to the whole album from start to finish, and then we listened to it all over again. Later that day, i bought it off this website, and anticipated its arrival.
If you have heard 'River Below', 'Ex', or 'Try honesty', which have all been released as singles, then you have barely even scraped the surface of Billy Talent. Punk Rock influences come shining through, and you can immediately see the effect that bands such as Sum 41 have had on Billy Talent. Billy Talent here have mixed a Punk Rock sound with an Emo Undertone. The Lyrics and musicality of this band are also very good, and the every track is exciting from start to finish, often with a twist in the middle. This was certainly one of the albums of 2003, and still manages to excite to this day.