In the sea of radio waves we are plagued with Sum 41s, Simple Plans, and Blink 182s. It seems each week there is a new band hopping on the already over-crowded carbon copy wagon. However, every once in a while a band slips through the major label’s fingers. Billy Talent’s debut release is a refreshing change from … well, everything else.
As soon as “This is How it Goes” starts the disc, the listener is blessed with catchy guitar hooks and fist-pounding drum beats. But the true power of Billy Talent resonates in its lead singer, Benjamin Kowalewicz. This guy is wound up tighter than Michael Jackson’s bed sheets; and when released screams louder than Paris Hilton in her Internet videos. Although there is one song about an ex-girlfriend, Kowalewicz does not solely rely on this ever-popular topic to get through the album. Kowalewicz’s relentless vocal prowess never putters out, right through to the explosive concluding song “Voices of Violence.”
As an added bonus, the CD is enhanced with a behind the scenes documentary on the band which can be viewed on a computer. Today, artists can no longer shrink-wrap their albums without adding something extra to entice a sale instead of a download. Billy Talent has succeeded in this task as the video embarks on the band’s time in the studio as well as stage footage. Billy Talent’s insistence that the album’s price tag be kept low, combined with the added video, makes this disc a steal for the budget-conscious punk rocker.