Revolutions: Live At Wembley [DVD] review by Biffy Clyro

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  • Released: Jun 27, 2011
  • Sound: 7
  • Content: 7
  • Production Quality: 5
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 6.5 Neat
  • Users' score: 8.1 (8 votes)
Biffy Clyro: Revolutions: Live At Wembley [DVD]

Sound — 7
Coming from an almost Punky tradition the Biffy Clyro live experience is incredibly energetic, with a lot of crowd participation. The music is as eccentric and varied as the band itself and can quickly go from a sombre ballad ala "Machines" to the nihilistic war cries of "Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies" to the call to arms of "The Captain". Both Live DVD/CD were recorded at London's Wembley arena as part of Biffy Clyro's live revolution tour to support their "Only Revolution" album. Recorded on 10th December 2010 it comes roughly after two years after the release of their last album. There were three editions of this DVD/CD released to the public: the standard edition (which is the Edition that I'm reviewing), a 2CD/DVD Edition which is only available from the Biffy Clyro store and a Limited Edition tinset. Whilst the politics of doing so are a little tenuous, and I wish that they could include everything with every version of the album released there's enough for anyone to wet their teeth on here.

Content — 7
"Revolutions: Live At Wembley" not only comes with a live DVD but also comes with a live CD. The product is sparse in terms of extras besides an extra live song ("Only Reflections" from "Live From T In The Park") and a track by track band commentary. As the concerts took place within the "Live Revolution" tour all but one of the tracks on the DVD come from either "Only Revolutions" or its predecessor "Puzzle" (with the exception of 57), which may alienate some fans who aren't particularly fond of the newer material from the band. It would have been nice if more songs from earlier albums were included with the product but I'm sure they've turned up on YouTube by now. The CD/DVD package itself is the cardboard case which has become much more common in recent years I would have preferred a clear plastic package like a normal CD or even some sort of hybrid like Muse's Absolution Tour DVD but I suppose that if the band wanted their product to be environmentally friendly this was the best way they could have gone about it. On the inside you have various pictures of the band at various stages of a live set/in the studio all professional done however I do question the logic on mirroring them so that it appears that the boys are left handed. It all looks nice, but not exactly to the incredible standard that I'd have expected from Biffy Clyro.

Production Quality — 5
Without claiming to be an autophile I have to say that for me the DVD is mixed pretty wellthe audience never overtakes the band. The only major problem I have with the DVD is that the bass is somewhat quiet on my laptop and TV speakers. I'm sure that there's a setting to bring the bass up but for a three piece band I honestly expected to hear a little more bass in the original package. Visually the camera work is a little static sometimes, and could haver perhaps done with a little more movement as opposed to simply switching angles or changing to an image of the crowds reaction; Biffy Clyro is a great live band, perhaps with more energy than almost any other British band out there today but they need dynamic camera work to really communicate this and I'm afraid that in my opinion this DVD doesn't entirely deliver. On the other hand Biffy Clyro are one of the best live bands out there today so even if the camera work doesn't completely translate the band's live energy the boys themselves sure do their damned best to pick up the slack. As well as this whoever programmed the light show knew what they were doing; making the visuals at least salvageable.

Overall Impression — 7
Biffy Clyro have never been a band to fail there fans in terms of live shows, and here they succeed in keeping their well-earned reputation intact particularly in the case of "Folding Stars" and "Machines", where Simon Neil manages to silence Wembley Stadium as if an occult hand were silencing an acapella symphony. Perhaps lacking in comparison to some other artist's live releases I still think I'd purchase it again if it were ever stolen as Biffy Clyro as a live event is definitely worth it. The lack of older material, bass frequencies and bonus material may stifle some long term fans and audiophiles but for the casual listener or someone new to Biffy Clyro's music I thoroughly recommend this DVD as a purchase.

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