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Album Review

Biffy Clyro's 2013 album, Opposites, is the band's sixth studio effort and follows up the band's hugely successful 2009 Mercury Prize-nominated release, Only Revolutions. Whether appreciated as a double- or single-disc album (the band released both versions), Opposites is a sprawling, ambitious work that once again finds the Scottish rock trio balancing its prog rock inclinations with its undeniable talent for mainstream, radio-ready pop. In that sense, Biffy Clyro are certainly one of the most album-oriented, '70s-style rock acts of their generation — though their sound is hardly retro. On the contrary, with lead singer/guitarist Simon Neil belting in a thick brogue over the band's knotty, metal-influenced arrangements, Biffy Clyro come off more like a Scottish version of Fugazi than, say, a classic rock band like Rush, although there is a twinge of nerd-rock power here, too. There is something very concept album-esque about Biffy Clyro's Opposites, especially when taken in the entire two-disc format. It's very laser light show-friendly, as many of the songs here are heavy with loud guitars, frenetic drumming, and intricate, multi-layered arrangements. Primarily, however, the album rides on the kind of anthemic, crowd-pleasing pop songs that made Only Revolutions such a success. Where last time we got the melodic bombast of "Mountains" and "Many of Horror," here we get the equally as wide-eyed "Sounds Like Balloons" and the romantic, soundtrack-ready "Biblical." Ultimately, Biffy Clyro's gift as a band is to craft songs that balance immediately catchy hooks with complex arrangements that only help to reinforce the drama of the pop moment. Thankfully, there are plenty of these dichotomous yet rapturous moments on Opposites. [The album in the Deluxe Edition comprises two discs, the ten-track The Sand at the Core of Our Bones and the ten-track The Land at the End of Our Toes, and adds a bonus making-of-the-album DVD.]

Customer Reviews

Can't wait

Been waiting for this one since 2010 and from what I have heard from their iTunes festival performance 2012, it will not be disappointing. I Have only heard, stingin' belle, sounds like balloons, victory over the sun, black chandelier, opposite, modern magic formula, jokes on us and maybe one or two more. But they all sound great. If you like the band at all and have especially enjoyed their last two albums, then definitly consider this album!

blown away

I pre-ordered the deluxe box set from overseas since I could not possibly wait til March to have Opposites. This is Biffy at their absolute best. Superb heartfelt song writing, great variety and production while still being recognizably Biffy. Hats off these hard working talented guys. May they achieve the success they deserve. This album has far surpassed my expectations and has been playing continuously since I received it last week! Some standout tracks for me are Different People, Opposite, Joke's on us, The Fog, The Thaw, Spanish Radio, Little Hospitals, Skylight, Accident without emergency to name but a few. BUY IT. You will LOVE it. and if you are lucky enough to have to chance to see these guys live and enjoy watching a band play the with so much passion… you should GO!!!


After a week of listening to this album, I have not been disappointed, but I am also not as blown away by this album as I have been on their previous recordings. There are some really great tracks, but with it being a double album, I expected it to change a bit more through the listen. Even when it does change, it seems to quickly head back to the Biffy style that I have come to love. With this many tracks, it's easy to just sit back and listen, but at times it starts to wash together.


Formed: 1995 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Assembling in the late '90s, in the town of Kilmarnock, near Glasgow, Scotland, Biffy Clyro featured a three-piece lineup, fronted by vocalist and guitarist Simon Neil along with James Johnston (bass) and drummer Ben Johnston. Playing loud combinations of pop/rock, inspired by the music of bands like Weezer, Biffy Clyro first started by playing their aggressive pop tunes in the nearby Glasgow club scene, eventually enjoying a stable and enthusiastic response from their audiences. After releasing...
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Opposites (Deluxe), Biffy Clyro
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jan 28, 2013
  • Parental Advisory

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