Biffy Clyro – 'Opposites' album review

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Biffy Clyro – 'Opposites'

  • Rated as: 3/5

This double album from the blustering Scots rockers consolidates the band’s two sides – their nascent experimental alt-rock, and their latter stadium-straddling anthems. But despite its epic length (20 songs!) ‘Opposites’ rarely treads new ground. The few stylistic curveballs – including the delirious bagpipe wig-out of ‘Stingin’ Belle’ and  the brass fanfares of ‘Spanish Radio’ – are welcome breaks from the sensitive lyrics, brawny riffs and hefty choruses of Biffy business as usual. Forays into hard-pop Feeder evocations (‘Biblical’) and humdrum balladry (‘Opposite’) suggest that, on this occasion, less would have been more.

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Catfish And The Bottlemen

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Ignore the silly name: this tipped Welsh indie rock foursome are actually pretty good, packing big riffs, fuzzy bass and emotive vocals into a sound that makes them come across like a cleaner Biffy Clyro. They're getting bigger and bigger, so catch them now. Read moreWhat's the deal with… Catfish And The Bottlemen

  1. O2 Academy Brixton Stockwell Rd, SW9 9SL
  2. Fri Nov 6
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