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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'II' (Atlantic)
Artist - Billy Talent

If you are like me you absolutely loved Billy Talent's last offering and ran out and bought this CD as soon as it came out. Also if you're like me you can't help but be disappointed. I totally agree with a friend of mine that said that their sound changed too much. It seems over-produced to me. The guitar work is great, but the best thing about the last album was the rough, simple sound combined with Ben's vocals. But this time around there's something different about Ben's voice apart from the lack of him screaming. I don't mean to sound like some stupid scene kid and say "This cd iz teh suXX0rZZZ cuz he doeznt scream!!!" but it almost applies. I knew right from the first song that this CD was going to be weaker. I wanted a first song like "This is How it Goes" from their last album that comes right out and smacks you in the mouth. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything on this album with that kind of effect. The best songs on this album are "Worker Bees" (just because of the bass groove), "Sympathy", and "Burn the Evidence." However none of these come close to being as good as "This is How it Goes", "Try Honesty", "Lies", "Cut the Curtains", "The Ex", or "Voices of Violence" which are all classics. I'm still looking forward to seeing them on the Warped Tour as I'm sure they are still going to be sick just like they were the last time.