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This edition of Biffy Clyro's sixth studio album Opposites, sees 14 of the tracks from the 20-track double-disc album consolidated onto one.
The last time Biffy Clyro released an LP – 2009’s Only Revolutions – it expanded their glowing track record of top 40 appearances. With the singles chart now a Rihanna-centric guitar wasteland, the onus is on the album format to prop up a rock act. So Biffy Clyro are taking the idea and running – nay, sprinting – with it, making sixth studio album Opposites an attention-commanding two-disc behemoth.
The division between the two halves isn't as apparent as one might anticipate from a project such as this (with a title such as that). Thematically, each disc does adhere to its subjects – the former an anxious, bleak chapter, told with a raw intensity; the latter playing host to a more positive, uplifting premise.
But sonically, Opposites is very much a single body of work. The Sand at the Core of Our Bones (CD one) segues seamlessly into The Land at the End of Our Toes (CD two), making for an overall steadfast record that’s unmistakeably theirs.
There's ample opportunity for experimentation, it's just not executed in the most obvious way – rather than two separate threads going in two disparate directions, the evolution is diffused across the entire double album, lifting the project as a whole. Opposites, in perhaps the least expected of ways, is next-level Biffy.
In amongst the seismic riffs and knockout choruses that the band has made its calling card are twinkling vocal hooks, bagpipes, little punctuations of harp, yowling bass, and overt humour. Many of the above can be found in Stingin' Belle alone, which houses the lyric “you think you're cool like a porcupine”. For a band with the tools to be a staid, ever-earnest entity, a pleasing sense of wit continues to be a key facet of Biffy Clyro (even if any fool knows the humble hedgehog is where it's at).
Opposites depicts a band equipped for whatever curveballs the industry may throw, and not at the expense of their veracity. It may not fulfil the presumed promise of a huge epic double album, but it doesn't want to. It's a solid, engaging and high-calibre Biffy Clyro album. And that's no bad thing.
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Top Customer Reviews
To take on, write and record a double album is no mean feat and the boys have outdone themselves as track after track delivers. The single Black Chandelier has such a great hook and the following track Sounds Like Balloons lifts us even higher. There is barely room to breathe until Opposites calms proceedings....
I won't continue with the track by track - I'll leave that for you to discover and you'll thank me all the more for it.
Opposites is one of the best albums I've heard in the last few years - the production is slick, the experimental instruments (Kazoos! Bagpipes! Tap dancers! Trumpets! etc!!) work really well.
On the first few listens my standout tracks have to be - Different People, A Girl and his Cat, Skylight and Victory over the sun - this will change constantly with such a wide scope of music to get through.
Play it loud and play it proud. Biffy, you have shown us the moon and I damn well will touch it! Brilliant.
Biffy will never be able to top this epic sounding lp and will have to strip down a bit for the next album.It is though one of if not the best, most catchy straight forward rock albums i have ever heard, i still prefer the first three albums but in saying that this has been on my stereo for two months now i can't seem to stop listening and trust me that's a good thing.buy it buy it buy it.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of their best, what am I saying? All of the Biffy albums are amazing.Published 2 months ago by muzza1995
Great album! Not my favorite Biffy, but still awesome! They keep writing and recording new songs and, after this deluxe edition, they still had material to record another b-sides... Read morePublished 3 months ago by João Reboredo
4 and a half stars.
Biffy are an ever changing beast, as such some albums you will love (Puzzle, Only Revolutions) and some you will just like (Blackened sky) this is... Read more
Have followed Biffy for a number of years now and was lucky enough to see them live at the Milton Keynes Bowl. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My partner plays it constantly! Arrived promptly, 2 discs, Bargain!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer