15 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Scottish trio Biffy Clyro continues to fuse an expansive prog-rock approach with muscular, metal-edged riffage and engaging melodies. Opposites looks both inward and outward as it pairs angst-tinged introspective passages with anthemic choruses (sometimes in the same song). Singer/guitarist Simon Neil projects a tormented gravitas as he embraces his weaknesses (“Different People”), confronts the faceless terrors of modern life (“Black Chandelier”), and seizes a moment of heroism (“Sounds Like Balloons”). Jackhammer guitar thrusts and crisp beats underscore the wounded swagger of “Stingin’ Belle” and “Modern Magic Formula.” From the brassy flamenco energy of “Spanish Radio” to the soaring sonic architecture of “Biblical,” Biffy Clyro goes for a widescreen approach worthy of vintage Pink Floyd. Neil and his bandmates can also craft more intimate self-examinations, as “Skylight” makes clear. “Picture a Knife Fight” is the trio at its most infectiously poppy. Opposites covers a lot of ground artistically but stays coherent thanks to Biffy Clyro’s undeniable chops, galvanizing energy, and genre-busting ambition.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Scottish trio Biffy Clyro continues to fuse an expansive prog-rock approach with muscular, metal-edged riffage and engaging melodies. Opposites looks both inward and outward as it pairs angst-tinged introspective passages with anthemic choruses (sometimes in the same song). Singer/guitarist Simon Neil projects a tormented gravitas as he embraces his weaknesses (“Different People”), confronts the faceless terrors of modern life (“Black Chandelier”), and seizes a moment of heroism (“Sounds Like Balloons”). Jackhammer guitar thrusts and crisp beats underscore the wounded swagger of “Stingin’ Belle” and “Modern Magic Formula.” From the brassy flamenco energy of “Spanish Radio” to the soaring sonic architecture of “Biblical,” Biffy Clyro goes for a widescreen approach worthy of vintage Pink Floyd. Neil and his bandmates can also craft more intimate self-examinations, as “Skylight” makes clear. “Picture a Knife Fight” is the trio at its most infectiously poppy. Opposites covers a lot of ground artistically but stays coherent thanks to Biffy Clyro’s undeniable chops, galvanizing energy, and genre-busting ambition.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Lazyspud 2112 ,

Best kept secret in Europe

How is it there is this band who headlines festivals across Europe, yet is virtually unknown in the US? I started to lose faith in rock music, especially music that speaks to musicians. Thank you Palladia, for showing me this band. Biffy Clyro restored my faith in rock music, and the long term viability of the medium. This album is an absolute triumph. It's very listenable from beginning to end. Even songs that display technical prowess come off as something accessible to the casual listener. Highlights include The Joke's on Us, A Girl and His Cat, and even a mainstream pop rock song like Pocket comes off as truly authentic. Thank you boys, you have touched my soul.

Marc davison ,

Totally Recommended!

Amazing tunes, with enough metal to really get into it, with enough lyrical genius to sustain the track.

Nate88hust ,

I love this CD

They freaking awesom! Nothing more to say!

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