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  • Audio CD (9 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 14th Floor Records
  • ASIN: B002NX0LO2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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I have to agree with Teresa Brown's review above Biffy certainly are back and in full force! if you've bought the previous albums, and loved them, you won't be disappointed with this one. From the epic The Golden Rule to the sweet rhythmic sounds of Bubbles - a real winner.

If you've never bought a Biffy album before, then really you could pick any of them and you'd fall in love with Biffy. With this one you get a lovely little DVD, which shows Biffy in California making the album. Involves them recording, messing about, swearing (a lot) and walking around topless - always a pleaser for me!

The songs don't need to grow on you, they hit the mark first time. But, hey I'm biased, I love Biffy. Now do yourself a favour and buy the album!
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Not that is a bad thing however, yes the band have moved on and im afraid to say moshing to biffys songs at gigs is now over as these songs are heavy, but not heavy enough to mosh too such as songs like toys, toys, toys and jaggy snake on their pre puzzle albums.

Im afraid to say to old fans that old biffy is dead, the band have moved on so if you are a fan of the first 3 albums and despise puzzle, then this is not the album for you however i do recommend a listen as some songs such as bubbles and born on a horse could fit quite well on blackened sky and v.o.b. this album is worth a listen and i do not regret buying, but it is a shame old biffy are dead as the concerts will unlikely hear such classics as jaggy snake and strung to your ribcage ever again but i guess i have to accept that the band have moved on and get used to it.

overall if you hated puzzle and loved the pre puzzle albums then i don't recommend only revolutions as it will just get you worked up and angry that biffy have changed, if i have to compare this album to other bands ill say lost prophets and muse and if i could recommend a song it will be bubbles, and if i can recommend a song not to listen to it will be the captain as this song, new biffy or old, is utterly terrible and i can imagine it being sung round pubs and football grounds as it has that karaoke sing along feel to it which i hate.

to sum up: if you like the changed biffy then you will love this album if not then you probably won't, its heavy but in my opinion not heavy enough and one last thing, just skip the captain i don't know what simon and the gang were on when they decided to change the original b side, help me become captain, into this tat.
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