Looks like Billy Talent landed that big American producer often sought by successful Canadian bands hoping to get to the next level (i.e., cracking the U.S. market). Brendan O’Brien, best known for his continuous work with Pearl Jam and Springsteen, takes over from Gavin Brown on Billy’s third s/t offering, and there’s some noticeable dulling of the edges here.
Singer Ben Kowalewicz and Ian D’Sa, who further solidifies his status as one of the top guitarists in rock, have rubbed out any semblance of punk, gone with mid-tempo big-rock song structures and boosted those powerful chorus hooks – like on “Rusted From The Rain” – that have made them one of Canada’s biggest stadium bands.
Top track: Tears Into Wine
July 15, 2009