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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

Make sure you buy this version...

...And not the chopped down version.


Well Simon, ben, and James you have done it again! An incredible, inspirational and mind lowing masterpiece from my favourite band of all time! I saw you live at Swindon, Milton Keynes and I will be seeing you at the LG arena soon!

Different People, Opposites, and Sounds Like Baloons are definitely some of the most imaginative songs ever written but all of the songs on the album are masterfull! Black Chandelier is also a beautiful song and I LOVE the music video. A lot of people thought it was risky for biffy to make a double disk album, but they have proved that they are more than capable of fooling us all!

I am a huge fan of this album and Biffy are the best band to grace the stage! Screaming Vocals, ingenious guitar, epic bass, edgy drums and as always killer riffs.... What more could anyone want?? MON THE BIFF!!!!!

One listen

and I already love it. Not a single weak song between the two albums, top work lads.


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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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock
  • Released: 25 January 2013
  • Parental Advisory

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