Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. A turn towards pop has alienated some fans of their earlier work, but almost everything here could be released as a single, and that’s an undeniably winning achievement.
  2. Scots veterans turn up the orchestra knob and rock.
  3. 60
    Musically slick but unpredictable, Only Revolutions is the stuff of stadia; a more obstreperous Foo Fighters; if you like. [Dec 2009, p. 92]
  4. Only Revolutions is just the kind of record to turn a cult following into a fair market share of the collective rock 'n' roll unconscious.
  5. Can you hear it? It’s here! Biffy finally make that sprint-burst into the rock stratosphere and trample over the competition like badly tattooed elephants smashing through dead branches.
  6. It's likely that their slabs of noise are too explosive. But for Team Biffy, their followers, this is a strength, not a failing.
  7. Only Revolutions has enough in the way of nous, intelligence and tunes to broaden their audience immeasurably. [Dec 2009, p.122]
  8. The melodies are instant, the hooks as hefty as Nikolay Valuev's--this is a big, obvious, step forward.
  9. 60
    This affinity with Muse is impossible to escape on pounding epics like "That Golden Rule" and "Mountains," but the slight personal "God & Satan" and intriguingly angular "Born On A Horse" offer respite from the bombast, while Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme brings a welcome touch of class to "Bubbles." [Feb 2010, p.79]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Jan 28, 2013
    10
    Undoubtedly one of the best albums of the century so far. This album throws out hit after hit and not just simple hits but some reallyUndoubtedly one of the best albums of the century so far. This album throws out hit after hit and not just simple hits but some really beautiful songs. From the monumental loud rock crashes of that golden rule, bubbles and boom, blast and ruin that will guaranteed get you jumping, to the spectacular emotional melodies of songs like Many of horror, God and Satan and know your quarry. Track after track is awesome and memorable in its own way. A truly brilliant Alternative rock album. This is the music I want to represent my generation! Full Review »
  2. Dec 12, 2014
    10
    This album is the most mainstream rock album by Biffy Clyro, but they still manage to stick to their high powered rock roots. This album isThis album is the most mainstream rock album by Biffy Clyro, but they still manage to stick to their high powered rock roots. This album is well worth the listen as you will not be listening to it just once. Full Review »
  3. Nov 4, 2011
    7
    Foo Fighters lite it may be but there are enough good tracks on this to merit a place in the record collection. The best tracks are topFoo Fighters lite it may be but there are enough good tracks on this to merit a place in the record collection. The best tracks are top quality and the worst tracks are harmlessly bland, but not offensive or terrible. Rather than buying the record Iâ Full Review »