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Alternative & Indie - Released November 6, 2009 | 14th Floor Records

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Understandably pleased with the success of their mainstream breakthrough album, Puzzle (2007), Biffy Clyro don't change much on the follow-up effort, Only Revolutions. Like Puzzle, it finds the Scottish alternative rockers at their most immediate and accessible. Once again they work with producer Garth Richardson and smooth out the rougher aspects of their early recordings, the Beggars Banquet albums Blackened Sky (2002), The Vertigo of Bliss (2003), and Infinity Land (2004). They restrain their prog tendencies, keeping the songs short and concise, and amplify their melodic side, recording with a full orchestra. They include a few mellow tunes on Only Revolutions, "God & Satan," "Many of Horror," and "Know Your Quarry," yet Biffy Clyro are still at their best when they let it rip. "That Golden Rule," "Bubbles," "Mountains," and "Booooom, Blast & Ruin" are highly charged rockers that race along quickly and shift gears often. These album highlights are edgy and rock hard, yet they're graced with memorable hooks and melodies at the same time. Now and then the band's pop/rock is off balance, for instance the album opener, "The Captain," which leans too far toward pop for comfort. Among the standout rockers, the previously released "Mountains" from 2008 and the lead single "That Golden Rule" are both great, and "Bubbles" is even better. Featuring Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age on second guitar, "Bubbles" has it all -- hammering riffs, adventurous jams, ear-pleasing chorus, sharp dynamics -- and it's the album's longest and most satisfying song, rocking for a full five minutes whereas most other songs on Only Revolutions are over and done with a minute or two sooner. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Rock - Released May 17, 2019 | Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released May 25, 2018 | Warner Bros.

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Rock - Released July 8, 2016 | Warner Records - 14th Floor Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 28, 2017 | Roadrunner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 24, 2011 | Warner Bros.

The complete opposite of an overnight success, hirsute three-piece Biffy Clyro were Scotland's best-kept secret for over half a decade before the rest of the U.K. wisely began to wake up to their blistering prog rock sound. Highlighting their remarkable career turnaround, their first live album, Revolutions: Live at Wembley, shows how far they've traveled from their homeland's toilet circuit scene, with a 19-track set performed in front of 12,000 fans at London's most famous arena at the end of 2010. Recorded just a year after their fifth album, Only Revolutions, earned them their second consecutive Top Three chart position, it's no surprise that the Mercury Music Prize-nominated effort makes up the bulk of the set list (only "Cloud of Stink" and "Know Your Quarry" are omitted), as the trio pummels its way through the likes of the anthemic hit single "Mountains," the crunching rock opera of "That Golden Rule," and the highly charged Muse-esque "The Captain," as well as revealing its mellower side on the contemplative "God & Satan" and, of course, "Many of Horror," which much to the band's amusement is now far better known as the lead single from X Factor winner Matt Cardle. Five tracks from 2007 breakthrough Puzzle also make the cut, including the tender ballad "Machines" and "Folding Stars," an emotive tale inspired by the death of lead singer Simon Neil's mother, and Neil's solo acoustic renditions manage to retain a sense of intimacy despite the imposing surroundings. But while the handful of tracks from their first three albums, Blackened Sky ("57"), The Vertigo of Bliss ("Diary of Always"), and Infinity Land ("Glitter and Trauma"), may draw a blank from those new to the Biffy fold, it's these old-school additions that receive the most rapturous response from the longtime fans who've stuck with them ever since their early Beggars Banquet days. Revolutions: Live at Wembley isn't representative enough to be considered the defining live Biffy Clyro experience, but it's a captivating and suitably grandiose affair that explains why they have finally made the leap from student venue favorites to arena rock gods. ~ Jon O'Brien
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 27, 2014 | Beggars Banquet

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 18, 2014 | 14th Floor Records

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Rock - Released July 8, 2016 | Warner Records - 14th Floor Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 18, 2010 | Warner Bros.

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 16, 2003 | Beggars Banquet

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Rock - Released July 8, 2016 | Warner Records - 14th Floor Records

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Rock - Released February 15, 2019 | Warner Bros.

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 28, 2013 | Roadrunner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 18, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 28, 2013 | Warner Bros. - 14th Floor Records

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Rock - Released April 13, 2018 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 11, 2002 | Beggars Banquet

Scotland's Biffy Clyro had been linked to the sportswear punk of blink-182, Green Day, and Sum 41 and were championed for sounding more raw and less obvious than any of their contemporaries. But while their debut, 2002's Blackened Sky, hunched over with a gray, very American anger, it also lacked the ideas or abnormal structures of favorites Fugazi and Mudhoney. "Hero Management" was probably the most successful mixture of spangly basslines and damp indie rock, but, unlike Seafood, an outfit they're more accurately compared to, the band came across as all of the least interesting aspects of American grunge released a decade too late. ~ Dean Carlson

Rock - Released May 4, 2018 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 2, 2012 | Beggars Banquet