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The Vertigo Of Bliss [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 (16 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00009028H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Bodies In Flight 5:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Ideal Height 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. With Aplomb 5:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Day Of... 2:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Liberate The Illiterate 5:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Diary Of Always 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Questions And Answers 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Eradicate The Doubt 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. When The Faction's Fractioned 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Toys Toys Toys Choke, Toys Toys Toys 5:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. All The Way Down 6:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A Man Of His Appalling Posture 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Now The Action Is On Fire 8:010.99  Buy MP3 

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Based on the evidence of The Vertigo of Bliss, Ayrshire's Biffy Clyro have matured massively since their debut album, Blackened Sky. While retaining a highly refined melodic sensibility that manifests itself mostly in their effortless vocal harmonies, they've added a metallic heaviness to their sound, and bravely given themselves full range to experiment.

The Vertigo of Bliss is never predictable, hardly even stable. Most of the tracks here are in constant flux. Pastoral acoustic guitars, fuzzed bass and sweet strings slip in and out of the mix, leading on to the next folksy interlude, wild jazz break or punky firestorm. One example of this is "With Aplomb", where a pretty acoustic riff is gradually submerged in lush strings and vocal harmonies, before the band engage in a series of brief solos rising to a kind of Elizabethan rock climax recalling Ritchie Blackmore. Elsewhere "Diary of Always" is a bizarre ballad driven by a Laurie Anderson-style vocal pulse, while "Now the Action Is on Fire!" mixes turbulent guitars and staccato strings, like a cross between John Cale and Ozzy Osbourne.

This is not to say the album is difficult or messy, rather that great care has been taken to embellish and enliven songs that were already fairly strong, and is an ambitious and intriguing effort. --Dominic Wills

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BIFFY CLYRO The Vertigo Of Bliss (2003 UK 13-track CD the second studio album by Scottish alternative rock band including the singles The Ideal Height Questions And Answers & Eradicate the Doubt picture sleeve featuring cover art created by Milo Manara BBQCD233)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Vertigo Of Bliss - Not As Elusive As It Seems 25 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
"The Vertigo of Bliss" is the follow up to Biffy Clyro's debut "Blackened Sky" from 2001. Released this year amid an increasingly tiresome mainstream and an infuriating bent on reality, this album is a perfect device for scrambling one's perceptions and funnelling them through a meticulously constructed pipeline of concepts, emotions and themes.
Branded with the usual , Biffy Clyro are "nu-metal", "emocore", "punk", butwhatever the hell is written about them matters little. The Opening track ("Bodies In Flight") sets a precedent of Biffy at their frantic best. Mixing a monstously loud array of distorted guitars ("Now The Action Is On Fire!") with a tender, lilting celtic clean tone; Biffy Clyro weave melodies that tease the ear before flattening the listener with a hammer punch of caustic guitar riffage ("A Day Of...").
Which is no mean feat considering that Biffy are a somewhat understated three piece from deepest darkest Scotland. Formed in "mid-1990s" from frontman Simon Neil and his rythm section of the Johnston brothers , three way vocals are the order of the day. These are revealed as insprining harmonies ("All The Way Down: Prologue Chapter 1") and schizophrenic banshee screams ("Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys").
Singles "The Ideal Height" and "Questions And Answers" have gleaned fair coverage on MTV2 whilst gracing the Top 40 on both occasions, the new single "Eradicate The Doubt" out September 22nd will jab it's quarter inch fishing hook through your ear and point blank REFUSE to let go before exploding in a earth shattering manifestation of rage. The last few bars are VISCERAL. Think Glassjaw riffage minus the warped painkillers, mix it with the dynamic capacity of System Of A Down and you KNOW it works!
I advise that people listen to Biffy Clyro. They will be impressed, if not indoctrinated.
Bee Lee J Everson.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creativity Explosion!! 3 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
OK I'm not about to gush about how 'fantastic' this band are and give a totally biased review through adoration. Indeed, I'm too old for that.
Simply put, to those who haven't heard them, and despite what some toilet paper music magazines would have you believe, Biffy are a breath of fresh air. In a time of predictable, trendy rock music, their songs (and live performances) show a creative flair which is distinctly lacking in most modern bands.
Not all of their songs are instantly 'accessible', having strange timings and quirky riffs, but it's these little turns which, in the end, make the album so enjoyable.
Vertigo of Bliss is perhaps less accessible than Blackened Sky, and has more of the beautifully twisty turny guitar work and epic song-feel of, say, Kill The Old Torture Their Young.
The token single is there, ironically perhaps the most average track on the album, and although it's alright, it isn't a good song to judge the rest by.
It also isn't fair to compare Biffy to bands like Nirvana or the Pixies as you can always make that comparison with any band. Biffy's formula of pretty-pick loud-riff has been done before, but there's an extra ingredient in there somewhere which makes them stand out.
I've seen the band play many times and always leave impressed, wondering what it actually takes to get people to go out there and support the most exciting band I've ever heard from the UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mon the biffy! 11 Sep 2003
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While not quite as consistant as 'Blackened Sky', this is still a very strong album. They seem to have moved away from the 'chordal' riffing that filled up their first album and have replaced it with more experimental 'single-string' riffs. The point being; their sound has progressed, bost in terms of melody and song-structure.
When the Biffy rock, they're fantastically innovative and impressive ('Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys' and 'A Man Of His Appalling Posture') and when they decide to turn the volume down slightly ('Diary Of Always','Questions & Answers') they are still an incredibly powerful songwriting unit. The orchestra on 'With Aplomb' and 'Now the Action is on Fire' both enhance the song as a whole without giving it an overproduced feel.
This album is a complete gem, although I do personally think that the album is a track or two too long. Still, it gives us all hope for the future. British music isn't all retro-rock and watered down emo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Vertigo is Bliss 18 July 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Ok, I will admit that I am a new-comer to the followers of Biffy Clyro, and I have yet to aquire their debut album (which I will do very soon), but from where I am standing, Biffy are an absolutely outstanding and energetic band hailing from Scotland, and all I can do is hope they rage on to massive success and appraisal for this superb audio offering. This album has been the only record in my CD player for a week it is so good. Their originality but true quality makes tracks irresistable and I grew to love this record within the first or second hearing.
1) BODIES IN FLIGHT - a good song, quite heavy, it (like many other tracks) manage to be heavy and melodic and angsty with the occasional shouts but also tuned singing.
2) THE IDEAL HEIGHT - a very cool intro, that changes into this amazing song, with a catchy chorus that sticks in your mind., "How well do you think that you know me?"
3) WITH APLOMB - classic. It has the greatest ochestral instrumental that makes your heart speed up and stops you from whatever you're doing to listen halfway through.
4) A DAY OF... - A good song. Doesn't neccissarily stand out, but still with a good sound to get into. It's melodic but furious.
5) LIBERATE THE ILLITERATE... - another track that can't decide if it's heavy or calm. It's another rollercoaster song that takes you along with ease.
6) DIARY OF ALWAYS - my least favourite song. The song itself is good, but it's the drone of "I just wish we all could betray" that goes on throughout that eventually makes the song so repetative you have to ff
7) QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS - The reason why I bought TVOB. Pure genius.
8) ERADICATE THE DOUBT - rumoured to be the next single. It's a nice little song at the beginning and then kicks into a pounding track.
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