Billy Talent (album)

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Billy Talent
Billy Talent album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 16, 2003
RecordedDecember 2002
The Factory, Vancouver, British Columbia[1]
GenrePunk rock, post-hardcore, pop punk, alternative rock, emo
ProducerGavin "Golden" Brown
Billy Talent chronology
Try Honesty / Living in the Shadows
Billy Talent
Billy Talent II
Alternative cover
cover for 10th Anniversary Edition
cover for 10th Anniversary Edition
Singles from Billy Talent
  1. "Try Honesty"
    Released: September 1, 2003
  2. "The Ex"
    Released: December 23, 2003
  3. "River Below"
    Released: July 5, 2004
  4. "Nothing to Lose"
    Released: November 16, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
The Daily Princetonian(favorable)[3]
Decoy Music8/10 stars[4]
Ottawa XPress3.5/5 stars[5]
Q Magazine3/5 stars[6]
Rock Hard9.5/10[7]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[8]

Billy Talent is the debut studio album of Canadian band Billy Talent, after their first, Watoosh!, was released under their old name of Pezz in 1999.

Commercial performance[edit]

Billy Talent debuted at #6 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 7700 copies in its first week.[9] The album was certified 3 times platinum in Canada in January 2007.[10] Between 1996 and 2016, Billy Talent was among the top 15 best-selling albums by Canadian bands in Canada and among the top 40 best-selling albums by Canadian artists overall in Canada.[11]


In 2005, Billy Talent was ranked number 453 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[12]

BT Turns 10[edit]

On August 2013, Billy Talent announced a Canadian tour for Fall of that year entitled "A Return to The Roots" which they played their entire first self-titled album live to celebrate its 10th anniversary.[13] Soon after the tour, the band announced a 10th Anniversary reissue of the album released November 26. 2013 through Warner Bros. Records that features a bonus disc of rare demos and live recordings of the album's track list.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Billy Talent.

1."This Is How It Goes"3:27
2."Living in the Shadows"3:15
3."Try Honesty"4:13
4."Line & Sinker"3:37
6."The Ex"2:40
7."River Below"2:59
8."Standing in the Rain"3:20
9."Cut the Curtains"3:50
10."Prisoners of Today"3:53
11."Nothing to Lose"3:38
12."Voices of Violence"3:10
Disc 2 – 10th anniversary edition re-issue
1."This Is How It Goes" (demo)3:08
2."Living in the Shadows" (demo)3:15
3."Try Honesty" (demo)4:05
4."Line & Sinker" (live at Nova Rock Festival)4:51
5."Lies" (live acoustic)3:05
6."The Ex" (demo)2:36
7."River Below" (live at the Orange Lounge)3:00
8."Standing in the Rain" (live at Metalworks)3:34
9."Cut the Curtains" (demo)3:38
10."Prisoners of Today" (demo)3:43
11."Nothing to Lose" (live at Phillipshalle)3:59
12."Voices of Violence" (live at Norwegian Wood Festival)3:20

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
Billboard 200 194
Heatseekers Albums 11
Canadian Albums 6
Austrian Albums 69
German Albums 97
UK Albums 124



  • The song "Line & Sinker" can be heard in the 2003 movie 'Grind' but is not included on the official soundtrack CD.
  • The song "Nothing to Lose" is in the Polish film 'Sala Samobójców' (English: Suicide Room).
  • The song "Try Honesty" was featured as the episode title for Degrassi: The Next Generation in season 10, episode 11 and 12 (Part 1 & 2)


  1. ^ Bliss, Karen, "Billy Talent", Access Magazine (February 2003 – March 2003), archived from the original on 2010-06-12
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "The Daily Princetonian review". Archived from the original on April 27, 2005. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Quote on Review With Broken Link
  5. ^ Ottawa XPress review Archived February 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Q Magazine December 2003, p. 120
  7. ^ Himmelstein, Andreas. "Rock Hard". issue 198. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  8. ^ Boy, Davey. "Billy Talent Billy Talent". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Billy Talent debuts in Top 10". Archived from the original on November 7, 2004. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  10. ^ CRIA Gold and Platinum Certifications for January 2007 Archived 2010-05-26 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "NIELSEN MUSIC & BILLBOARD PRESENT CANADA 150 CHARTS" (PDF). Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  12. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 27. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ "Billy Talent Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Debut Album with Canadian Tour". Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "Billy Talent Give Self-Titled Debut Expanded Reissue for 10th Anniversary". Retrieved December 26, 2019.