The sharp post-hardcore-tinged tones of Scotland’s Biffy Clyro have been slowly eroding as the band’s popularity has soared. Opposites embraces a more accessible stadium-rock style compared to 2009‘s Only Revolutions, yet spreads Biffy a little too thinly over more than an hour’s worth of material, allowing only spurts of ambitious song-writing from frontman Simon Neil.
Opposites is at its strongest when it separates its uplifting phrases from its more melancholic ones. These two disparate vibes are too closely interlinked on ‘Different People’ and ‘The Thaw’, making for uneasy changes in tone. Once they are separated though, the band come into their anthemic element on ‘Sounds Like Balloons’, and create a haunting synth-backed lament on ‘Skylight’. Read more here: http://bit.ly/154CuDu