24 Songs, 1 Hour 24 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

4.7 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

Feck99 ,

well done!

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

stop the pop ,

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!

Got Doritos ,

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.

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