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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Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kins of Leon, Suede, Calvin Harris, Biffy Clyro, Boy George, Clean Bandit, Anna Calvi, The Polyphonic Spree, Alison Moyet, Katy B, Fall Out Boy, Inspiral Carpets, Duke Dumont, The Specials, Tom Odell, Rudimental, Starsailor, Suede, John Newman, Gorgon City, The 1975, The Horrors, The Strypes, The Vamps, Travis. A distant descendant of the enormous festival which brought around 600,000 people (almost six times the island's population) to the Isle of Wight in 1970, nowadays the Isle of Wight Festival is a four-day, family-friendly festival with acts to suit music fans young and old. Ageing funk-poppers the Red Hot Chili Peppers, US rockers Kings of Leon and superstar DJ Calvin Harris are three of the big guns, alongside loads of other rock, pop and indie acts, with something for everyone who likes their music made by guitars.

  1. Seaclose Park Fairlee Road, PO30 2EA
  2. Thu Jun 12 - Mon Jun 16
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