Biffy Clyro are a Scottish band who aren’t that well known in the U.S. but are huge in the U.K. They sound like a mix of Foo Fighters and Frightened Rabbit. This is the kind of rock music that would feel more at home in a stadium or arena than a small indie club, but their knack for melody, unique vocal style and interesting, unusual lyrics make them stand out. Their latest release Opposites picks up has a similar sound as their last album Only Revolutions. Sadly, on this album many of their lyrics drift toward the typical self-pitying angst that has thankfully gone out of fashion. Still, this album has some worthwhile songs. Biffy Clyro are at their best in moments like the second half of the opening track “Different People” and other more upbeat tracks like “The Joke’s On Us”. Then there are ballads like “Opposite” and “Biblical” which take after their hit song “Many of Horror” from the last album and while they aren’t bad, they drag the album down. Another criticism is the choice of songs that are on the regular version of the album. I had first listened to the deluxe version online which has 22 tracks compared to the regular version which has 15. While I think it was a good idea to condense it into one album, on the U.S. release they left off some of the best songs that were on the double album like “A Girl & His Cat” and kept songs I could have done without like “Biblical”. If you’re into the more radio-friendly side of alternative rock this is worth a listen, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re more into the lo-fi indie rock that is popular with a lot of the DJs here.
FCC: 3, 9, 12
Recommended: 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 15
RIYL: Foo Fighters, Muse, Frightened Rabbit