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  1.  Integrity Triumphs, Opposites Attracts


    In an age where the Music scene is in a state of flux, The Scottish trio prove that you don't have to change to be successful. A lot of artists and bands nowadays seem resilient to stick with the traditional rock band set-up of guitar, bass and drums all except for Biffy Clyro, who refuse to adhere to expectations and carry on making the music they know and love.

    Opposites has a hold on you that you won't be able to shake off. It's 20 tracks of pure musical pleasure both in songwriting and production. Tracks like 'Sounds like Balloons' and 'The Joke's On Us' are reminiscent of classic Biffy Clyro and echo the type of guitar work on 'Blackened Sky' or 'The Vertigo of Bliss'; other tracks like 'Opposite', 'Black Chandelier' and 'Victory Over The Sun' showcase the truly beautiful songwriting of Simon Neil and band-mates, both musically and lyrically.

    Every track on the album evokes various emotions, the type that draw you in to the backgrounds behind the songs, the choruses are deep and memorable with some stunning vocal performances from Simon; it is evident that a lot of time and effort has gone into the production of this record. The drums sound huge and pronounced, the bass is clear and precise and the guitars are tight and not too obtrusive; the vocals sit in place sublimely and it's hard to believe that a three-piece band can create tunes as big as this with a standard set-up.

    Overall, Opposites is a hefty kick up the backside for guitar based bands and a shining beacon of hope for modern guitar music. It has elevated Biffy Clyro to the place they deserve to be and will be of significant importance to the band forever. A real music masterpiece that will become an iconic British album, and perhaps the best of 2013 so far.

  2. Be


    Beady Eye - CD

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     Not quite the full step forward, but half the way there!


    Beadye Eye return with their latest album and second effort since the divorce of the two Gallagher brothers back in 2009.

    It's always going to be hard living under the shadow of Oasis, but Beady Eye have made progress with 'BE' and have started to show that they can offer so much more than we anticipated. 'BE' is the kind of album that really makes you question Liam's decision making skills. Whilst it has its highlights, it's somewhat ambiguous and frustrating.

    Tracks like 'Flick of the Finger' and 'Second Bite of the Apple' display the anthemic side of Liam's songwriting, both featuring a fanfair of brass; uplifting and motivational with a pre football match kick-off style quality. Other highlights include 'Shine a Light', a real authentic track with ounces of character, cinematic undertones and guitar and drum work that sounds almost medieval, as well as 'Soon Come Tomorrow', a real glimpse into the softer side of Liam's music, taking cues from 60's psychedelia and The Verve.

    Whilst some tracks show an innovative and experimental side to the band, one which shows a lot of potential, the real fall back is the way in which certain tracks repeat old habits. Tracks like 'Don't Brother Me' and 'I'm Just Saying' the Beatles influence shines through a bit too much and shows no prospect of originality, a problem that was apparent in their previous release 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'.

    All in all it's heading in the right direction for Beady Eye and with some more of the right influences they may be able to channel their music into the innovative and experimental kind we sometimes hear on 'BE'. Whilst it's not there just yet, it will leave you feeling optimistic and it's definitely worth a listen.