Review: Opposites by Biffy Clyro

Opposites by Biffy ClyroBiffy Clyro’s last album, Only Revolutions, was a revolution of sorts for the Scottish band: the record that got them out of “cult following” category and into the “festival headliner” one. But that was four years ago. It seems they need a bit of a reintroduction, so cue Opposites, a bloated double album so vast in scope it should scare you. The first disc’s darker, while the second disc’s brighter, but you don’t get the idea that both sides are, well, opposites: the album is coherent and a bit wild and, perhaps unfortunately, only occasionally epic. I’m missing the get-down feel of their previous album, although I guess with all their experimentation – “Spanish Radio” had a mariachi band, for one – something had to give. Still, the songs are crafty and they’re good for a stomper, but perhaps two discs’ worth of songs ended up diluting what could’ve been a confident return. | 3/5

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