Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Biffy Clyro Presents Only Revolutions

Biffy Clyro’s ‘Only Revolutions’ is one of my favorite albums of the year, hands down. The follow-up of the critically acclaimed ‘Puzzle.’ which follows lead singer Simon Neil’s grief over the death of his mother, ‘Only Revolutions’ is 2009’s gem. The new album is a lot lighter than ‘Puzzle,’ but doesn’t give up the heavy guitar riffs and distinctive sound of the band. ‘Only Revolutions’ has more pop hits such as ‘Mountains’ and ‘The Captain’ (which is definitely the best sing a long song of 2009) than its predecessor, but doesn’t give up the serious tone that ties the album together. Neil’s voice is powerful and takes center stage on all the songs, which is a feat with the amount of heavy guitar and drums that are also included. Coincidentally, Neil also moonlights for Marmaduke Duke who had a hit this summer in the UK with ‘Rubber Lover.’

Biffy Clyro’s ‘Born on a Horse’ takes a swipe at us Americans, saying “I pronounce it aluminium /'cause there's an I next to the U and M.” The song itself is one of the best on the album, so don’t get too offended. Other gems are ‘Know Your Quarry’ and ‘Go & Satan’ which manages to qualify religion, saying “I talk to God as much as I talk to Satan 'cause I want to hear both sides.”

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