Album Review: William Beckett
  • MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2012

  • Posted by: Zoe Marquedant

William Beckett cut off all his hair and jumped from The Academy Is... straight into a solo career. For his first step as a one-man band, Beckett announced three EPs, which he would release periodically instead of the traditional debut album. His first EP Walk the Talk was full of pop and hooks, an element which he had perhaps he had held back in previous projects. It walked both familiar and foreign ground, as Beckett tried to find his voice. He paid little mind to the opinions of others, unapologetically warning, "I don't care what you're saying about me / No I don't care" during the single "Compromising Me". The lyric served as a reminder that Beckett no longer severed any master and was free to peruse whatever musical path he pleased. It was a bold first step, which differentiated this new Beckett from the shaggy-haired frontman of the past.

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