Now I'm going to try and review this album in isolation. This is going to be really hard because I've been a fan of the Biffy for a long, long time and my internal fanboy is screaming to slate certain parts of this album, but I will resist until later.
This a strong rock album; much better than a lot of the dross that is currently circulating the Chart toilet bowl. It has catchy sing-a-long choruses and well written, memorable songs. As a snapshot of modern rock it's brilliant and shows that there can be still very eclectic side to rock music. This album firmly shows two fingers to all the Sassenach indie bands that are constantly farted out on Radio 1 playlists. For general fans of pop/rock music this is excellent and I fully recommend that you buy it if you're looking for something different.
Now for the fanboy review....
If you're looking for old Biffy then you're not going to find it here. This band has changed greatly since their first three albums. This radio friendly, slickly produced album continues and enlarges what Puzzle started with tracks like The Captain and Mountains being instant radio hits. If you're very open minded about this then you will be able to appreciate what's on here, but don't think you're going to get much of what was on Blackened Sky, The Vertigo of Bliss and Infinity Land. Admittedly, Biffy Clyro were a niche band; they had a small following and a very, very alternative sound, so this is them trying to broaden their appeal. It will not sit well with some of the old fans, but personally I can appreciate what they're trying to do. It's not my favourite album by a long shot, but it does show originality and spirit that is sadly lacking in current popular rock music.