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Only Revolutions [CD]

Biffy Clyro Audio CD
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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 (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Captain
2. That Golden Rule
3. Bubbles
4. God & Satan
5. Born On A Horse
6. Mountains
7. Shock Shock
8. Many Of Horror
9. "Booooom, Blast & Ruin"
10. Cloud Of Stink
11. Know Your Quarry
12. Whorses

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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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BIFFY CLYRO Only Revolutions (2009 UK 12-track CD album - Recorded in LA with production by GGGarth Richardson [Rage Against The Machine Red Hot Chili Peppers] additional lush orchestration throughout from Grammy-winning composer David Campbell and a special guest collaboration with Queens of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme on the epic stand-out anthem Bubbles Biffy Clyros fifth album is a further step-up for the Ayrshire trio in an album filled with joy grit and absolutedetermination. After the overwhelming sadness of Puzzle Only Revolutions sees a more hopeful side to Biffy Clyro. The songs are perfectly crafted and full of the idiosyncrasies that define the bands unique take on contemporary rock. The album is heralded with the military thump of The Captain before it erupts into a rush of serrated riffs and euphoric horns. Further highlights include the stripped down agony / ecstasy dilemma of God and Satan the soaring power of the hauntingly romantic Man of Horror and the visceral nastiness of Shock Shock)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Revolutions 2 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Love this album. Got some great songs on it. My favourite Biffy album so far. This album is definitely worth a listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cd 4 April 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD was bought as a gift but I have listened to it and it is enjoyable. Some tracks better than others as usual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD I Nearly Didn't Buy! 5 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
I was only going to download Many of Horror which I thought would be the stand out track, glad I didn't!
Take a few listens, ignore the weird lyrics at times and you've got an original sounding thumping good rock Cd!
Highlights are MoH, Bubbles, Mountains, Captain, God & Satan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 11 Feb 2010
By Colin
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Only Revolutions

Have heard mixed reviews before purchasing this album. From the music that I had heard from it I thought it would be worth a punt.

I'm glad I did as It's one of the best albums I've bought for a while. Very powerfull and moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They've done it again! 7 Jan 2010
By L. Ford
Format:Audio CD
Biffy Clyro are defintly getting better. They just can't write a bad song anymore. Even the weaker songs are really good, and Simon's lyrics are great and at times mental as ever. There are some standout songs here, such as the incredibly catch Born on a Horse and fast paced single That Golden Rule. Hopefully this will push them into the mainstream, as they are deserving of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars!!! 25 Dec 2009
By Alice
Format:Audio CD
Yet another amazing album from Biffy, bit different from puzzle but still awsum!! Worth EVERYYY penny :)
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