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Epic but a bit unsurprising.,
This review is from: Opposites [2CD+DVD] (Audio CD)
Biffy seem to be treading water slightly with this offering. It's all technically great and there's no bad songs it's just a bit safe and predictable if you've followed Biffy for 12 years like I have. I seriously think it's time they move away from gggarth as producer. Most songs have the same 'feel' and motifs are over repeated.
Bens drumming is as solid and precise as ever but lacks his usual character somehow. Can't put my finger on it. Perhaps it's just over compressed like all modern music. It's all a bit too dense and dare I say formulaic production wise although there IS a crazy amount of things/noises going on in the background.
Of course there are the radio friendly unit shifters as we've come to expect from the more commercially minded Biffy but there was always enough on the previous albums to satisfy Biffy's 'older' fans. One song called "Pocket" sounds like Tom Petty, perhaps America MOR has influenced them more than they realise and it's a bit "cringe".
Anyway nothing bad on here, nothing offensive just more of the same from a band I consider as one of the most imaginitive and adventurous bands out there. Highlights are "Modern Magic Formula" and most of second 'side' such as "Victory over the Sun", "Spanish Radio" "Skylight" just enough to get it to 4 stars although it is close.
Perhaps it just suffers from being a double album. I'm not a great fan as sometimes it can just be too much.
Definitely to be listened to loud I think as some of the finer points could be missed.
DISCLAIMER Compared to other bands this is still a 5 star album but compared to Biffy's other albums it doesn't move them further.
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Initial post: 28 Jan 2013 12:12:45 GMT
Nicholas Green says:
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013 12:43:03 GMT
J. B. Hunter says:
Probably overly harsh. But it's just how I feel. I appreciate the amount of effort that's clearly gone into the album but it doesn't thrill me like when I first heard them. And quite frankly i couldn't give a toss about a Londoners opinion so fill your boots.
Posted on 28 Jan 2013 15:24:26 GMT
Paolo Lusenti says:
This morning you rated it 3 stars, in the afternoon I see 4 stars, what about tomorrow?
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013 21:31:33 GMT
J. B. Hunter says:
I felt bad at giving it 3 stars. Tomorrow? Who knows baby.
Posted on 29 Jan 2013 00:56:07 GMT
Decent review, thanks for this.
Posted on 29 Jan 2013 14:01:50 GMT
Thank you for the review;-)
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2013 11:39:16 GMT
Mr. J. C. Williams says:
Any credibility you were trying to gain through your tedious review has now been blown. Congratulations.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2013 01:59:15 GMT
E. Schilling says:
Fair review, thanks. I loved the album, but I can understand your point of view.
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