Opposites

Opposites

by Biffy Clyro
     
 

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Biffy Clyro's 2013 album, Opposites, is the band's sixth studio effort and follows up the band's hugely successful 2009 Mercury Prize-nominated release, Only Revolutions. Whether appreciated as a double- or single-disc album (the band released both versions), Opposites is a sprawling, ambitious work that once again finds the Scottish rock trioSee more details below

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Biffy Clyro's 2013 album, Opposites, is the band's sixth studio effort and follows up the band's hugely successful 2009 Mercury Prize-nominated release, Only Revolutions. Whether appreciated as a double- or single-disc album (the band released both versions), Opposites is a sprawling, ambitious work that once again finds the Scottish rock trio balancing its prog rock inclinations with its undeniable talent for mainstream, radio-ready pop. In that sense, Biffy Clyro are certainly one of the most album-oriented, '70s-style rock acts of their generation -- though their sound is hardly retro. On the contrary, with lead singer/guitarist Simon Neil belting in a thick brogue over the band's knotty, metal-influenced arrangements, Biffy Clyro come off more like a Scottish version of Fugazi than, say, a classic rock band like Rush, although there is a twinge of nerd-rock power here, too. There is something very concept album-esque about Biffy Clyro's Opposites, especially when taken in the entire two-disc format. It's very laser light show-friendly, as many of the songs here are heavy with loud guitars, frenetic drumming, and intricate, multi-layered arrangements. Primarily, however, the album rides on the kind of anthemic, crowd-pleasing pop songs that made Only Revolutions such a success. Where last time we got the melodic bombast of "Mountains" and "Many of Horror," here we get the equally as wide-eyed "Sounds Like Balloons" and the romantic, soundtrack-ready "Biblical." Ultimately, Biffy Clyro's gift as a band is to craft songs that balance immediately catchy hooks with complex arrangements that only help to reinforce the drama of the pop moment. Thankfully, there are plenty of these dichotomous yet rapturous moments on Opposites.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2013
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
0825646550395
catalogNumber:
4655039

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Biffy Clyro   Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat   Performing Ensemble
David Campbell   Conductor
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion
James Johnston   Group Member
Alan Kaplan   Brass
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Doug Tornquist   Brass
Eric Rigler   Bagpipes
Suzie Katayama   Accordion
Ben Kaplan   Keyboards
Ben Johnston   Group Member
Simon Neil   Group Member
Alyssa Park   Performing Ensemble
Andrew Duckles   Performing Ensemble
Gerardo Hilera   Performing Ensemble
Songa Lee   Performing Ensemble
Mike Vennart   Guitar
Rudolph Stein   Performing Ensemble
Tereza Stanislav   Performing Ensemble
Mark Adams   Brass
Salvadore Lozano   Brass
Tamara Hatwan   Performing Ensemble
Mario de León   Performing Ensemble
Benjamin Bridwell   Vocals
Colla Voce Singers   Choir, Chorus
Steve Richards   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

David Campbell   Orchestration
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
GGGarth   Producer
Jose Hernandez   Mariachi Orchestra
Jamie Muhoberac   Programming
Neil Anderson   Director,Producer
Clint Mansell   Additional Production
Jennifer Ivory   Executive Producer
Fernando Moreno   Mariachi Orchestra
Ryan Williams   Engineer
Jorge Contreras   Mariachi Orchestra
Ben Kaplan   Programming,Engineer
Biffy Clyro   Composer,Producer
Simon Neil   Composer,Lyricist
Joaquin Rodriguez   Mariachi Orchestra
James Rushent   Additional Production
Erick Hernandez   Mariachi Orchestra
Alex H.N. Gilbert   Executive Producer
Nick Rowe   Engineer
Ruth Paveley   Executive Producer
John Paveley   Executive Producer
Alyssa Suede   Tap Dancing
Christian Tattersfield   Executive Producer
Reg Wrench   Colorist
Sam Wrench   Director,Producer
J.P. Reid   Engineer

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