Opposites - Biffy Clyro
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  • Summary: The sixth release for the Scottish rock trio was produced by Garth "GGGarth" Richardson.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    A bona fide, big, stadium-pleasing epic. [Mar 2013, p.95]
  2. Feb 8, 2013
    Their sixth album has everything you should want from a rock group: riffs, daring ambition, big choruses and a bit with bagpipes in it. [Mar 2013, p.103]
  3. Jan 24, 2013
    It's a solid, engaging and high-calibre Biffy Clyro album. And that's no bad thing.
  4. Mar 6, 2013
    Opposites is ultimately a surprisingly immediate and rewarding listen, compensating in consistency for what it lacks in depth.
  5. Jan 24, 2013
    Opposites may not be the career-defining masterpiece it's intended as, but it's certainly not the pompous disaster it could have been: it has failings, but not the ones you might expect.
  6. Jan 28, 2013
    Across 80 minutes there's the sense they might have spread themselves too thinly.
  7. 40
    There's precious little of the experimentation or variety you might expect.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Jan 29, 2013
    I absolutely love this album, I think it has some decent variety with songs like Modern Magic Formula that sounds a bit more like the old Biffy to Spanish Radio that is quite special, to Trumpet or Tap that simply has awesome vocals! The songs to stand out are imo: Different People, Sounds Like Balloons, The Joke's On Us (Best song on album), Modern Magic Formula, Trumpet Or Tap. I like all songs, and I might love other songs just as much as I listen to them more. Lyrically I love the album, Biffy has lyrics that range from very heartfelt to **** weird... And I love it, The Joke's On Us and Sounds Like Balloons are top notch lyrically in my opinion. It could have been more raw, but I get that they can't do that on the album. Expand
  2. May 13, 2013
    Awesome album.
    The songs "Black Chandelier", "Opposites", "Biblical", "Stingin' Belle", "Black Magic Formula" and the pretty "Accident
    Without Emergency" made Opposites the best release of 2013 since now. Expand
  3. Feb 22, 2013
    Every Biffy album has been a 'grower' for me and Opposites is no different.
    On first listen it was a good album, but not as good as their
    last, on second listen it was better than i first thought and probably on a par with their last. By the third i was hooked and it was easily their best album yet.

    Not one song do i skip when listening to this album, and i usually do find one or two on an album i tend to skip past. Each one i either find myself humming along to or, nobody is around, singing out loud.

    Easilymy favourite album right now.
  4. Mar 21, 2013
    Typically Biffy. Nothing much changed from their recent formula: lots of catchy arena tunes mixed in with their signature blend progressive rock. The only difference here is that there's more of it. Great if you're a Biffy fan, may be a bit overpowering if you're not. Still very much worth a listen though. Expand
  5. Aug 30, 2013
    Biffy's breakthrough proper, "Only Revolutions" was a decent album with some good singles and a handful of other listenable numbers. It also has the odd dud. In general, it was hard to be offended by it and if noone was watching, you could even enjoy it. Here we have its follow up, no much has changed to the sound but this time we have a sprawling double album. There are a few decent tracks, a fee duds but here we do have a hell of a lot more production going on. A couple of tracks get the big orchestral treatment, turning otherwise average songs into potential stadium anthems. There is plenty to like on this record, but as is the case more often than not with double albums, I just really question whether we needed two discs? There are about a half dozen doublers out there that truly justified their two disc status and I really don't see this joining the list. Still though, it's an enjoyable enough listen and there are a few peaches to be found on it. Expand
  6. Feb 13, 2013
    This review contains spoilers. Each of both albums by itself leaves one longing for more, so the fact that it's a double album strengthens it, much more than the band's previous score, Only Revolutions. The style of the songs vary, from the typical acoustic melodies and harmonising vocals, to the hard headbanging riffs and awkward rhythms, which make this record a great and original piece.

    In terms of production, it has improved from the last album, however, it still lacks the power of Puzzle, and, as OR, it's overly produced. The drums barely kick ass much as the vocals, and the bass is most noticeable in this album, as it weakens the electric guitars. The lyrics are strong, as well as playfull and satirical, a style that's characterised this band for years.

    Overall, a great album.
  7. Apr 8, 2013
    Seen so many great reviews of this album and I simply don't get it bland, boring, samey. Just because most of it's upbeat doesn't mean it's not boring. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing truly bad here, just a bunch of mediocre tracks, some slightly more passable than others. Every song sounds pretty much the same as the last with barely anything distinguishable or memorable. Nothing much more to say. Expand

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