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Live with for a while and it will reveal its magic,
This review is from: Only Revolutions (Audio CD)
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.