Biffy Clyro - Opposites
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Based on 13 reviews
2013 Ratings: #622 / 958
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Based on 64 ratings
2013 Ratings: #302
January 28, 2013 / Release Date
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14th Floor / Label
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Opposites is by no means perfect – with songs such as Pocket and Woo Woo no better than filler – but it will provide plenty more material for the headline slots that inevitably await the band this summer. 


Fans of Biffy Clyro will dive headlong into these 20 new songs and embrace them as feverishly as anything the band have previously released, but that’s not to say that this record isn’t without its flaws.

Drowned in Sound

The biggest and most obvious problem with Opposites is that it has neither the ambition nor the creative variety to fill its two discs - it simply didn’t need to be this long.

There’s undeniably a bit of unnecessary flubber on this behemoth but when this beast roars, I’m left in awe; Victory Over The Sun manages to feel like an honest to god predator, a suspenseful intro paving the way for the chaotic hunt that makes up most of this track. In addition, Sounds Like Balloons is Biffy at their viscous best and while it may be a bit too polished, Biffy’s “pop rock” is miles ahead of most other rock bands. I have some attachment to this ... read more
Disc One
1. Stingin' Belle - 10
2. Sounds Like Balloons - 10
3. Biblical - 9.5
4. The Joke's On Us - 10
5. Black Chandelier - 10
6. A Girl And His Cat - 7.5
7. Opposite - 6.5
8. The Fog - 4.0
9. Little Hospitals - 7.0
10. The Thaw - 6.5


Disc Two
1. Different People - 9.5
2. Modern Magic Formula - 6.0
3. Spanish Radio - 5.0
4. Victory Over The Sun - 10
5. Pocket - 7.0
6. Trumpet Or Tap - 7.5
7. Skylight - 5.0
8. Accident Without Emergency - 6.5
9. Woo Woo - 7.5
10. Picture A Knife ... read more
Disc 1
My main problem with Opposites is basically the entirety of this disc. Opening with the decent 'Different People' and then followed by the lackluster 'Black Chandelier', the highlights on this disc are there but there are very bland moments on here which is unlike Biffy. You'd expect them to put their best foot forward with disc 1 but surprisingly this is the one with the filler. I'm just not that excited by much on this first half. Most of the interesting moments on this album ... read more
Stop... please...
Honestly, I used to love this album to bits, but it's worn down for me. After a while you start to see the cracks in the seams, and here, there are quite a few. I won't dispute this isn't a good album, but it isn't Biffy's best, probably not even top 3, maybe top 5. This double album may I remind you, has it's ups and downs, some high highs, some low lows. Let's start positive, the album's openers, one is fantastic at setting the album's mood, the other is just a great song. Different people, ... read more
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Track List

Disc 1

  1. Stingin' Belle
  2. Sounds Like Balloons
  3. Biblical
  4. The Joke's On Us
  5. Black Chandelier
  6. A Girl And His Cat
  7. Opposite
  8. The Fog
  9. Little Hospitals
  10. The Thaw

Disc 2

  1. Different People
  2. Modern Magic Formula
  3. Spanish Radio
  4. Victory Over The Sun
  5. Pocket
  6. Trumpet Or Tap
  7. Skylight
  8. Accident Without Emergency
  9. Woo Woo
  10. Picture A Knife Fight
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