The Vertigo of Bliss review by Biffy Clyro

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  • Released: Jun 16, 2003
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.9 (16 votes)
Biffy Clyro: The Vertigo of Bliss
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Sound — 10
If anyone has listened to the first album, it's completely different without losing its charm, passion and it still rocks. Simon Neil (singer songwriter) has oviously progressed phenominally in just one year. The guitar is absolutely awesome and is quite often in two simultaneous parts. Biffy Clyro is very hard to find a band to compare to but they admit influences from Nirvana, Alice in Chains and especially Far. Even though they sound nothing like them, (maybe exept far). VoB sees Biffy getting away from their quiet verse, loud chorus, winning formula. This album uses sounds that you wouldn't believe and that you especially wouldn't believe would fit but they do, to perfection.

Lyrics — 10
The vocals are spread out between the three of them and sometimes has excellent three part harmonies. The lyrics are sometimes quite strange and random but are once again excellent and quite fitting to the mood of the song. The lyrics without sounding sappy and pathetic like some bands do, trying to sound meaningfull, actually portray a lot of emotion.

Overall Impression — 10
From a listeners point of view, the band had a potentially very hard time to match Blackened sky (Their first album) but they managed to beat it, 10 times over. With no weak tracks at the end (where the first album lets you down) this album have neared perfect almost to the extent of Radiohead's early stuff. The stand out tracks without naming he whole album has to be 'Toys toys toys choke toys toys', 'erradicate the Doubt', 'With Amlomb' and 'liberate the illiterate/a mong among mingers'. If you don't have this album, i strongly suggest you should buy it now.

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