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The story of Biffy Clyro is as romantic as it is archetypal. Three childhood friends from Ayrshire formed a band, delivered three albums of abrasive youthful exuberance and finally cracked the big time when their fourth – 2007’s Puzzle – hit the charts at #2. By the time the promotion of their fifth album Only Revolutions had ceased, they were bona fide stars who could ... Read more in Amazon's Biffy Clyro Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 14th Floor Records
  • ASIN: B002NX0LO2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10. Cloud Of Stink
11. Know Your Quarry
12. Whorses

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Fifth studio album from the Ayrshie rock trio. It follows on from their hugely successful 2007 release 'Puzzle' and is once again produced by Garth Richardson.

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Only Revolutions, the fifth long-player from Biffy Clyro, is a far cry from this Ayr trio’s earlier, reliably embittered emissions. Long gone is the abrasive post-grunge that characterised albums like 2002’s The Vertigo Of Bliss, replaced by polished production, uplifting melodies and a grand, orchestral palette. This doesn’t meant Biffy have succumbed to the sort of blanding out that afflicts so many bands that clean up their act, though--indeed, in many ways they’ve become a more complex, idiosyncratic musical force, touting big anthems laced with creative eccentricity. The likes of "The Golden Rule" and "Born On A Horse" take their cue from Muse, fitting up songs with progressive twists and turns, not to mention some curiously elliptical wordplay. "I pronounce it aluminium/'Cause there’s an I next to the U and M", spits Simon Neil on the latter, over an offbeat keyboard groove. Elsewhere, "The Golden Rule" hitches hectic riffage and gang vocals to an unashamedly epic symphonic outro, while "Shock Shock" channels relationship angst into something cosmically terrifying: "You scratch and you scratch 'til your face comes away, replaced by a hole or a vortex", sings Neil, over an bracing barrage of guitars. --Louis Pattison

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. K. Richardson on 26 Jun 2010
Format: Audio CD
It is no secret that a lot of Biffy Clyro's longer-serving fans are disillusioned with the direction the band are taking. A move towards the mainsteam has seen them start to produce more polished, rounded recordings, compared to the heavy, angst-filled grunge that they wrote and performed so explosively on their debut album, 'Blackened Sky'.

Their musical journey has seen them grace aspects of prog, metal, and the brand of pre-emo which Pearl Jam and Weezer accomplished before them. Throughout their career as musicians, Biffy's creativity has to be their most delightful attribute. The time changes and instrumental fills, as well as the majestic and sometimes outrageous lyrics that grace 'Blackened Sky', 'The Vertigo of Bliss' and 'Infinity Land' make for genuinely interesting and thrilling music.

With 'Puzzle' came a sound more suited to, for want of a better word, 'pop'. Biffy had finally hit the mainstream, and to some extent, following the progression of their earlier albums, this was a natural move. 'Puzzle' blended the band's thirst for new ideas and concepts with frontman Simon Neil's grief and apathy following his mother's death, with a smoother sound which the band hadn't looked to release before.

With 'Only Revolutions' comes the band's triumphant proclamation that they have made it big on the rock scene. This album is packed full of massive songs, with huge choruses and heart-felt lyrics. It bleeds power and emotion from start to finish. Almost every song is anthemic in terms of content and quality. As a fan of Biffy's older material as well as their new, this album is just as good as any of the others- it is just different to how they began. And what is wrong with that? After all, there would be no point recording the same music over and over again.
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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By MikeyTage on 10 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Clegg on 14 Dec 2009
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Despite claims to the contrary from some sources, this album is more subtle in approach than Puzzle in many respects. Songs which seem to have nothing substantial on offer for the first few listens gnaw away at you when heard again alongside the more immediate tracks which initially draw you back.

Puzzle was great from the get go because it not only hung on to a few of Biffy's trademark quirks but it grabbed and bolted on some traditional big-rock tricks and choruses which provided an instant pay-off. Yes, it was dark in tone but the melodies lifted and lyrically the clouds parted on occasion too. Maybe the Biffy of yore were more challenging but the Biffy of these last two records are quite simply more enjoyable to listen to musically and more involving emotionally. There's always The Dillinger Escape Plan if you fancy being challenged, or old Biffy records. They made them once, a lot of people loved them, but they evolved with credibility intact and now more people love them. They are still some distance from being straight forward.

Anyway, this album is easily the equal of Puzzle and may prove to have an even more enduring appeal, there are some sublime moments which unravel with repeated listens. You get to the point where something that once slipped by almost un-noticed becomes a highlight. When the songs do finally click they are proving outstanding. And if you've not yet seen them live, do, they're like a force of nature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Nov 2009
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Sure the edginess prevalent on the first three albums may be missing to a great extent - it still emerges on tracks like Born on a Horse mind - but this is an album from a band who are going places. In common with most bands who break out of the "cult"/"indie" scene a lot of the original fans somehow almost resent their popularity and won't go along for the ride. A good friend of mine gave up on the Clash when London Calling came out for that very reason - he's a vicar now!
Any road up this is a fine, modern, rock record from a band who are not afraid to temper their prog leanings with tunes, proper tunes that is, that you will instantly pick up and I expect to be lustily sung at many festivals next summer. Of course some people willnae like this but many more will, so more power to their elbow. The more guitars we see on MTV etc the better!
One final thing, many of the songs chop and change their structure as they go on so don't necessarily go by what you hear on the Amazon previews - although the stuff on there is PDG
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