Puzzle [US Version]

Puzzle [US Version]

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by Biffy Clyro
     
 

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Although emo is often thought of as a direct descendent of punk and alternative, the genre's tricky song structures oftentimes teeter toward prog territory. Case in point: Puzzle, the fourth full-length by Ayrshire, Scotland's favorite sons, Biffy Clyro. While the riffs and singalong choruses bear a resemblance to See more details below

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Although emo is often thought of as a direct descendent of punk and alternative, the genre's tricky song structures oftentimes teeter toward prog territory. Case in point: Puzzle, the fourth full-length by Ayrshire, Scotland's favorite sons, Biffy Clyro. While the riffs and singalong choruses bear a resemblance to Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, it's no secret that the members of this trio obviously know the ins and outs of their respective instruments -- this is certainly not the sound of a band still finding its footing. "Saturday Superhouse" somehow manages to not sound far removed from all the fresh-faced MTV darlings, while also including enough interesting bits to not sound like a mere mainstream rock rehash. Harder to pin down tracks such as "Who's Got a Match?" bring to mind the quirky pop of Supergrass, and "Semi-Mental" is comparable to Weezer -- if they spent more time studying their Rush records instead of Cheap Trick ones. Released in the U.K. several months ahead of the U.S., Puzzle already has a head start in the buzz sweepstakes -- it's a certified smash overseas (nearly topping the album charts at number two, while "Saturday Superhouse" almost reached the Top Ten on the singles charts). [This U.S. version of Puzzle splits the first track, "Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies," into two parts to provide for a separate "Intro."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Roadrunner Records
UPC:
0016861797621
catalogNumber:
179762
Rank:
123647

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Performance Credits

Biffy Clyro   Primary Artist
American Boychoir   Background Vocals
Graeme Revell   Conductor
Steve Bryant   Violin
Simon James   Violin
John Pilskog   Violin
Charles Stevens   Choir, Chorus
Clark Story   Violin
Dorothy Lawson   Cello
Tim Garland   Violin
Rajan Krishnaswami   Cello
Scott Ligocki   Viola
Robin Nash   Drums
Ben Kaplan   Keyboards
Jennifer Ivester   Choir, Chorus
Simon Neil   Group Member
Sue Jane Bryant   Viola
Deborah Stephens   Choir, Chorus
Lara Papadakis   Choir, Chorus
Maria Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Mike Norman   Keyboards,Saxophone
Roxanna Patterson   Viola
Chuck Jacot   Cello
Rob Dawson   Guitar
Tim Carland   Violin
Jeanne Wells Yablons   Violin
Kwan Bin Park   Violin

Technical Credits

Graeme Revell   Orchestration,Choir Arrangement
Mike Fraser   Engineer
GGGarth   Audio Production
Reed Ruddy   Engineer
Robin Nash   Drum Technician
Ben Kaplan   Engineer
Biffy Clyro   Composer,Audio Production
Simon Neil   Composer

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