21 January 2013

Biffy Clyro - The Vertigo of Bliss

Try not to look at the cover too much, it might make you need to lie down..... This is a strange album to come back to, remembering seeing a band in a tiny venue and seeing them become this (for want of a better word) behemoth of a band which now sells out arenas and will probably be headlining stadiums before long.  Back in 2003 they were just a small indie act with weird time signatures and a novel idea of what a harmony was.

The basic structure of this album was recorded in one day (this has been confirmed by the band), it feels like a more singular organic piece that their first release - the still excellent Blackened Sky.  Their love of the bizarre song title was full on show here - "Liberate The Illiterate/A Mong Among Mingers" (the stand out track of the album), "Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys" & "A Man Of His Appalling Posture" for a small selection. Whilst it has a very clean tone to the production, you always feel as if the distortion peddle is only seconds away, which tends to be the case.

At the point the band were still find out what they were capable of, there is no obvious singles (which is sort of a good thing). there was no filler either which is a novelty as at 13 tacks and hitting the hour mark for a relatively new band at that point it is good going as sometimes the second album release by most artists has a little bit of filler in it, especially when it is released just a year after your debut.

Does this album have a down side? Not really, it is sort of a perfect record - but ala Star Wars, only from a certain point of view. Whilst not being the most amazing album ever, it is almost effortless in it's delivery, carefree in it's attitude and crazy in the delivery. Not a perfect ten as I don't always want to be slightly disjointed in an indie rock way, but when I do this is where I head, to the strange land where the mad trio of Scots go a little strange. Now stop looking at the cover!!!! ;-)

8.5 out of ten - Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my money, time and heart

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