Only Revolutions review by Biffy Clyro

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  • Released: Nov 9, 2009
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (69 votes)
Biffy Clyro: Only Revolutions
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Sound — 9
This was my first Biffy Clyro CD, so I can't compare it to anything before, like I see in most reviews... To me the sound is just brutal, and even though lots of people classified as Indie, I go to a more Alternative ground. "The captain" brings a good start to the record, although is probably one of the weakest tracks, in my opinion... "The golden Rule", on the other hand, starts with an energy that's gonna spread along the record, with amazing drums, cool riff and the strings at the end make a perfect combination... Then "Bubbles" proceeds with a slow start, but epic ending, and probably the best guitar in the whole album! "God and Satan" are a good balad, but not memorable, and "Born on a horse" is the best song in the CD, in my opinion! Very "danable", with a good bass line and very criative drums... The album then loses a little steam with "Mountains" and "Shock shock", good fillers but nothing special if you evaluate them individually... Then there are 3 songs that build the momentum for the last memorable moment of the disc, "Know your quarry", with its organ line and impressive vocals is a really nice addition to the CD, that ends with "Whorses", a classical "ending theme", that makes you want to listen to the album again, over and over again... Referring now to the music itself, the guitar riffs are well explored, often with catchy rhythms that can make you whistle alongside... The bass is nothing spectacular, but gets the job done as it complements the lack of a rhythmic guitar most of the time, and the drums are oftenly unusual (in a good way), showing criativity... Finally, the vocals are really impressive, if you consider he's a vocalist/guitar player, and they really help you immerse in the song, even though the Scottish accent is often present and can ruin things a little.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics in "Only revolutions" are often confusing and hard to interpretate, but they show a great emotion within, complemented by the already mentioned awesome vocals. Lyrics like "The captain", or mainly "Mountains" may seem a little forced, with its predictable rhymes, but then there are songs like "God and Satan", or "Know your quarry" (to me, the highlight of the album in lyrics) that show a lot of meaning if we listen to them carefully, and oftenly show a little ironic side, even "Grungy", if you will, like on God and Satan's "I talk to God as much as I talk to Satan cuz I want to hear both sides, dies that make me cynnical? There are no miracles, and this is no miraculous life"...

Overall Impression — 9
Only Revolutions is definitively a mark on Biffy Clyro's carreer, in a good way, as its a CD that grows on you, after many hearings, you still haven't got enough of it... It's filled with epic moments, that help covering some minor flaws... It's gonna be hard for its successor to beat it, musically... Really recommend "Bubbles", "Born on a horse", "Boom, blast and ruin" and "Know your quarry", and think you can ignore "The captain", "Mountains", and "Shock shock"...

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