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Opposites (Deluxe)

Biffy Clyro

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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

well done!

Another great CD guys! Hopefully 2013 will be the year you finally get your due. Vastly underrated band.

If you've never listened to this band...

you are missing out on some amazing music. The other reviews here are entirely accurate if you enjoy this style of music. I can't wait to hear this album in full and hopefully see them on the road, they are great live as well!

Biffy Clyro

A double album is something that's not always pulled off well, but I believe that in this case the members of Biffy Clyro have really outdone themselves and made an interesting, refreshing collection of songs. From the bagpipes on Stingin' Belle to the horn sections on Spanish Radio, the second half of the album is a bit experimental but still great, while the first half of the album stays closer to the band's last few albums. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing, and I hope the band gains some recognition for this work! Fans of this band will love this album, and I think newcomers will, too.
Check out - Sounds Like Balloons, Opposite, Spanish Radio, Pocket, Woo Woo, Picture a Knife Fight, and actually all the songs.

Biography

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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jan 28, 2013
  • Parental Advisory

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