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Album Review

Although he has released a few solo EPs since the Academy Is… split in the fall of 2011, Genuine & Counterfeit on Equal Vision is William Beckett's first full-length solo effort, a loose-knit suite of songs about navigating the ever-shifting waters of a relationship. Produced by Marc McClusky and featuring vocal guest spots from Say Anything’s Max Bemis and Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders, the album is anchored by a catchy first single, "Benny & Joon."

Customer Reviews

Awesome debut LP

Genuine and Counterfeit is the first full length album from singer/songwriter William Beckett since his band, The Academy Is.. split. His growth as an artist is obvious as this record plays out the universal emotions of relationships. The melodies and beats are infectious, and take the listener from the dizzying happiness of a new relationship to the bittersweet reality as real life problems encroach on that bliss.This album is strong from start to finish, with no filler tracks. Old and new fans alike will not be disappointed!


This album is fantastic! It really shows a variety of WB's vocal talents & it is a must have for any music junkie. A+!!!

Best Yet

William Beckett has really outdone himself on this one. His vocals, lyrics, and ideas in this album are some of the best I've heard in a long time. He should be proud of this album.


Born: February 11, 1985 in Barrington, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Growing up in suburban Chicago, William Beckett established himself as the frontman of emo-pop purveyors The Academy Is.... Prior to The Academy Is..., Beckett played in the acoustic band Remember Maine, releasing the album The Last Place You Look at age 17. The Academy Is... followed in 2003, formed by Beckett along with guitarist Mike Carden, who issued three albums and four EPs -- as well as played on the Warped Tour in 2006 and Honda Civic Tour in 2007, and toured with Kiss in 2010 -- before...
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Genuine & Counterfeit (Deluxe Edition), William Beckett
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Aug 20, 2013

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