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Genre: Rock - Progressive Rock / Artist: Biffy Clyro / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2007-06-04 at 14th Floor

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      07.02.2011 20:25
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      A good album from a great band that continues their previous good work

      Thought I'd write a second review about a band I got my first crown for a few months back, my favourite's Biffy Clyro. Last time I wrote about their newest album and their most successful commercially but this time im writing about the fourth album from them which is widely regarded as the first piece of work they produced that appealed to a wider audience. The Album Puzzle by the Scottish based rock band was at the time the most successful of their work since the band formed in 1995 reaching number 2 in the album charts selling a whopping 200,000 copies in the uk in the year of its release and even more worldwide. The album recorded in Canada is alot simpler with less rough edges then that of the previous 3 albums which were alot heavier. ***Track Listing*** "Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies" 5:18 2. "Saturday Superhouse" 3:19 3. "Who's Got a Match?" 2:23 4. "As Dust Dances" (Contains bonus track 2/15ths - 1:02) 4:34 5. "A Whole Child Ago" 3:07 6. "The Conversation Is..." 3:40 7. "Now I'm Everyone" 3:50 8. "Semi-Mental" (Contains bonus track 4/15ths - 0:45) 3:22 9. "Love Has a Diameter" 3:53 10. "Get Fucked Stud" 3:37 11. "Folding Stars" 4:15 12. "9/15ths" 2:46 13. "Machines" 3:56 The album really is brilliant and I admit that even though I love the older stuff more now it was this album that first introduced me to them and prompted me to go see them live. The album by 14th floor records released 7 single's from it the first of which being semi mental which is not so dissimilar to there older heavy stuff and turned up loud will make your ears bleed but I promise the album's song do get more mellow and easier on the ear. There are some loud and attention grabbing song's that sound amazing live such as "Living is a problem cause everything dies" and "9/15ths" that were clearly created similar to the tunes found on the first couple albums. The album though is diluted with easy listening songs like the last song on the playlist "machines" which is a nice slow melody. My personal favourite is the song "folding Stars" and is the 4th single released in July 2007 is a very sad and meaningful song about the death of the lead singers mother. It is a beautiful song and was the most successful of all the single's released. Overall the album is wonderful and has a great mix of songs that vary in style, speed and loudness and for those who love the band or love good music in general I think its a good buy plus it's very cheap now so my advice...GET IT!! :)

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        20.08.2010 15:42
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        Another excellent album from Biffy Clyro

        Biffy Clyro are a Scottish band who formed in 1995 and have only really seen success in the last few years. Puzzle is their 4th studio album and one of their most successful records to date. The first song I ever heard of Biffy's was Semi-Mental (featured on the Puzzle album) and I really wasn't a fan - a bit too 'rocky' for me. However, when Puzzle came out I listened to the entire album and by the end I was a big Biffy fan. Biffy Clyro's fans are exceptionally dedicated to the band, often sporting "'Mon the Biffy" signs. Some claimed that Puzzle had taken a more commercial direction in order to gain success. However, having now listened to all of their albums, I don't really see a great difference between any of their 5 albums. All are equally as good as each other. Semi - Mental was the first song to be released off this album which didn't receive a great deal of success. Biffy Clyro then released their second single from the album 'Saturday Superhouse' which reached no. 13 in the UK charts. Puzzle comprises of 13 excellent tracks. Their songs are filled with emotion, featuring a song about Simon Neil's (lead vocals) mother called 'Folding Stars'. They rarely perform this, but I have had the privilege to be at one of the few shows they performed it at. Another song is called 'Machines' which sees the band sing acoustically demonstrating their versatility. One of their most popular songs from the album is 'Who's Got A Match?' - an exceptionally short but sweet song, with catchy lyrics and one of my personal favourites. Their most recent album 'Only Revolutions' has been the band's greatest success, and if you're a fan of Biffy who has only listened to that album, it is well worth purchasing the Puzzle album too.

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        01.05.2010 00:04
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        mmmhmmm

        The first time I listened to Biffy Clyro I was not impressed. The second time that I listened to them I was blown away. Wow. I have to admit I was one of the newcomers, not one of the dedicated originals that stuck with them through the years before their mainstream success. And I also wish that I listened to my friends when they rambled on about their greatness well before puzzle came out. But I wasn't, and I'm more than eager to make up for it. Puzzle is the fourth album by the rock band from Ayre, and the one that took them into the public eye. Before that they had almost 10 years of experiance playing to the infamously expressive Scottish audiances, and had earned themselves a dedicated and thoroughly loyal fan base. Their previous albums are well worth checking out btw, the Vertigo of Bliss is a good one, containing the brutal "Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys" Having such a legacy, its easy to see why many fans thought that Puzzle seemed a bit diluted, a bit softer and more pop than their previous works. I think this criticism can deffinately be applied to their most recent album "Only Revolutions", but while there may be some songsin Puzzle that seemed a bit meh, and the style has seen a deffinate change, I can't say that its a change for the worse. While loving their previous work, Puzzle seemed more than apt to me. They didn't seem to ditch their old style completely, just add new ingrediants to it. The likes of "Living is a Problem", "Saturday Superhouse" and "Get F**cked Stud" (not sure if I'm allowed to swear on DooYoo) are reminiscents of their old self, but with a different Panash (I'm not sure if thats a word). Other slightly lighter songs include "Whole Child Ago" and, to me atleast, they are equally enjoyable, with catchy guitar riffs and Simon's wandering vocals. I love the rythm of the bass and drums in all the tracks, and again, Simon's vocals show interesting variation and diversity, from soft melodic whispers to haunting moans and harsh shouts and screams. But ultimately, I think what distinguishes this album from everything else is the distinct sadness and bitterness shown in almost all of the songs. "Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies" says it all, while sad songs like "As Dust Dances" and "Machines" are evident of this too and songs like "9/15ths" show a chaotic state of mind that can be frightening to listen to. I heard that the album was as the lead singer's mother died, but this is only from friends, I've never actually heard the band mention it before. The album itself hangs together wonderfully, driving the listener on from song to song with such force that you don't seem to be able to or want to break off before the end. I might get some backlash from any potential Biffy fans for this, but I think Puzzle is Biffy's finest work to date, before the commercial success dulled them down in Only Revolutions but also produced in a mature and forceful tone. A must have heard for all fans of the genre, and those new to it alike.

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        23.12.2009 20:40
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        'MON THE BIFF

        'MON THE BIFF! Ah yes, a good old fashioned rock band. Nothing too fancy. Just what I like. All this is something that's hard to muster these days, but Biffy Clyro do it just as good as anyone. Puzzles was released in 2007 off 14th Floor Records and is a 13 track album from one of the biggest British rock bands around at the moment - and this album helped catapult them into stardom. With the greatest of respect, their previous albums including the excellent Vertigo of Bliss received big appraisal from the underground scene but the band never broke into the mainstream as they may have wished, or have done since the release of Puzzles. But why is that? What's different about this album? It reached number 2 in the UK album charts, and has seen plenty of singles released from it...yet none broke inside the Top 10. The only song that has was their single 'Mountains', which was subsequently released after all the singles were taken from Puzzles. The fact it's succeeded, and helped propel the band into the limelight is the sheer consistency. The first couple of singles released from the album were Saturday Superhouse and Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies, which were two big, anthemic tracks that weren't too dissimilar to a Foo Fighters tribute band in their prime. That's not owing the band a disservice there, but to get anywhere near the standard of Dave Grohl and co is a glowing reference. The latter of those two songs is the album's opening tracks, and it's long, slow burning entrance of sudden, sharp strokes of the guitar and snare drum help build it into a piece of musical complexity that show the band's growing confidence and learning process since their earlier work. Tracks like Who's Got A Match may resonate with fans of the band who have knowledge of their earlier work, as to me it would sit nicely on an album such as Blackened Sky - quick yet clear guitar strumming that instantly makes you nod your head. The likes of Folding Star and Machines do sure a further maturity of the band - the 'slow' song if you will. The former of those two songs I believe is never played live due to the personal nature of the song for the frontman Simon Neil, but both of them were released as singles, and are perhaps two songs which people unfamiliar with the band may recognise more then other songs. Acoustic guitars - especially in Machines - are the 'cigarette lighter' kind of songs at live gigs that the band once lacked. Then there's tracks that sit in between the heavy rock tracks such as Saturday Superhouse and the quieter ones such as Machines - these tracks include the excellent A Whole Child Ago, Love Has A Diameter and Get F***ed Stud - all tracks that long-time fans of the band will enjoy as much as anyone - there's distorted guitars yet excellent melodies - the whole quiet verses against loud choruses which work so well if done correctly. Of course, that's the important bit - getting it to sound correct, and Biffy Clyro have started to perfect it with this album. Considering the strength of this album and the numerous singles taken from it, it's impressive to see it regularly available online and in stores for no more than £5. On that basis - if you're verging on the unsure side of Biffy Clyro, buy this album and join the converted side. If you're looking for a favourite new rock band, you may just have found it.

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          02.09.2009 22:58
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          A breathlessly epic, effortlessly magnificent album.

          On their first few albums, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro gained themselves a reputation for being a bit, well, obtuse. Weird time signature changes, screamed choruses, song structures that lurched in unpredictable directions, titles like "Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys" and "Kill The Old, Torture Their Young" - all elements seemingly designed to alienate all but the most hardcore of fans. Then along comes Puzzle, an appropriately titled album if ever there was one. Launching with stabbing strings and staccato drums, "Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies" is a perfect statement of intent. It's not a straightforward song by any means, but it does demonstrate that, for Puzzle, the group have cut back on their most distant extremes of weirdness. In place of odd they're aiming squarely for epic. Powering into the crunching riffs of Saturday Superhouse and on into the Queens Of The Stone Age-like Who's Got A Match, it's clear that the band have lost neither their ferocity or their timing. But the fourth track, As Dust Dances, shows that they've added something else; accessibility, musicality, and a flair for the kind of heart-swelling choruses that most bands would give their drummer for. They've always had a touch of that, of course, but now you don't have to penetrate layers of weirdness to experience it. A Whole Child Ago is probably the most mainstream punk-pop song Biffy's written yet, bearing favourable comparison to the likes of The Foo Fighters, while The Conversation Is... manages to combine their newfound epic flair with their fondness for unexpected timing changes, opening with a thunderous riff before changing pace, a trick it maintains throughout. Next track Now I'm Everyone is probably the weakest track on the album, opening like Feeder covering The Kaiser Chiefs, but even that erupts into thrilling soar-away rock towards the end. Semi-Mental's grinding guitars leads into the bruised magnificence of Love Has A Diameter, which gives way to what is, for me, the album's standout track, Get F*cked Stud. A masterclass in grunge's quiet-loud song structure, it's syncopated opening and hushed verse make the eventual frenzied chorus all the more effective. It's a song that demands to be played loud. If anything solves the puzzle that is Puzzle, it's the epic eleventh track, Folding Stars. A heartfelt tribute to the singer's deceased mother, it's the most mainstream and commercial track on the album, with a magnificent sing-along chorus. Lyrically it's also the most straightforward, a clear outpouring of emotion. Considered in the wake of this track, the album's move towards musicality and melody makes a lot more sense, making this track the lynchpin of the whole album. The album closes on 9/15ths, a creeping, menacing song alluded to during musical interludes earlier in the album, and the acoustic track Machines. The former does it's best to bring the mood down with icy strings and mournful choral chanting, before the latter ends on a note of surprisingly optimism and positivity. A live favourite, it's a fitting end to the album. Put simply, this album is a stunner. Full of thrilling rock riffs and soaring emotion, even its minor low points can't dent it, and the band is to be applauded for widening their net and making a record that doesn't just appeal to die-hard fans. Of course, accusations of selling out were always a risk, and indeed some of the most rabid fans have done just that, but for me this album retains enough of the Biffy of old to satisfy, combining it with huge, stadium-rock production and layers of strings that allow the groups' musical sensibilities to really soar. If it's taken "selling out" for Biffy Clyro to reach the heights that this album does, than I'm all for it.

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            05.08.2009 23:28
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            I love this album

            Puzzle is the fourth album from Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro. Puzzle is slightly more mainstream than previous albums but still maintain the unique Biffy sound. The albums consists of 13 tracks, from soft acoustic tracks to hard rock songs complete with orchestra and that familiar sound the band is famous for. Track 1- Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies. This is a brilliant first tack for the album. It starts off with weird stabbing guitar chords which any musician will tell really show off the bands tight playing and timing. For some reason, this part of the song reminds me of the film Men In Black, however I'm not sure why, I think it's when the backing vocals come in. The song then explodes into a heavy rock song which I can't stop drumming along with my hands. Track 2- Saturday Superhouse This is the first single from the album and like most of the tracks on the album is an explosive, fast pure rock track. Like with Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies, this track really shows off the bands timing and is a brilliant track. Track 3- Whos Got a Match? This track is another brilliant track, complete with an excellent running bassline makes me just tap my feet when listening to it. The track starts of less heavy than other tracks, but then about three quarters of the way through erupts into a heavy riff with a brilliant, crunchy guitar sound. The chorus is very catchy and something I can image a crowd of people singing along to at a party. The lyrics in this track are a bit strange, lines such as "The midget is frigid I put it to you, who's got a match? I've got the petrol to set it to" Make you wonder what was going through their head when writing it! Track 4- As Dust Dances-2/15ths This track starts of softly and is very calming to listen to. The drums are light, and played with snares off so sound very soft. Again, the lyrics are a bit strange "There's a man on a corner, selling dozens of bones, every type of bone, except the one that I want" About halfway through, the track becomes more heavy, but I wouldn't say as heavy as other tax on the album. At the end of the track, there is a moment of silence, then a short piano part which is really calming and sounds quite beautiful. Track 5- A Whole Child Ago This is probably one of the most mainstream songs Biffy Cyro has written. Its introduction may seem familiar as it has been used alot on TV, such in shows like the Inbetweeners. It has a catchy intro that makes me want to dance and bop my head, and the chorus is slightly heavier. Track 6- The Conversation Is Another great track on the album; it has a good guitar intro and becomes softer in the verses where the bassline is more exaggerated. The chorus has great vocals and brilliant harmonies from the other members of the band. Track 7- Now I'm Everyone This is one of my least favourite tracks on the album; however it is still pretty good! It is actually only the first half of the song that I don't like; halfway through there is a quite long instrumental part then the song changes into a heavier part with violin in the background. The vocals in this part are repetitive and very catchy. Track 8- Semi Mental-4/15ths This is another brilliant track; I love the chorus as it is very catchy and rocky. The guitar riffs in the song are brilliant and the lyrics are very good and written very well. Like in track four, at the end of this track there is a beautiful piano part, but this time with vocals over the top. I really like this hidden song at the end, even though it is very short, it's just great to listen to. Track 9- Get F**ked Stud Another great track here, it starts off with a heavy intro, followed by soft verse and chorus. The post chorus is heavier and very rocky. Track 10- Love Has A Diameter This again is a more mainstream song than others on the album, and follows a theme of being soft at the beginning, and getting heavier at the end. Again, the lyrics are brilliant, if slightly weird. I love lines like in the chorus "I'm watching the radio, because I don't compare, I'm watching the radio, but it's the television looking at me". Track 11- Folding Stars This has to be one of my favourite songs on the album. It is very mainstream and not as heavy as other songs on the album. It is a very sweet song, as it is about the singer's mum who has passed away. I love the lyrics in this song as there are some very well thought out and interesting metaphors, such as "In a room with no windows or doors, all the happy people are crying" and "the blood drips red like inverted balloons". Track 12- 9/15ths This has to be my least favourite track on the album, although it is still quite good. It is really a full version of the short songs at the end of Semi Mental and As Dust Dances. It starts with a soft guitar riff backed by violins. It then begins to get heavier, although gothic is the only way I can think to describe it. Throughout most of the song, the vocals are just repeating one line, but at the end they do change. Track 13- Machines This has to be my favourite track on the album and one of my favourite Biffy Clyro tracks. It is a soft, acoustic song and is one of those songs that just remind you of people. The lyrics are very well written and it is a song that I think alot of people can relate to. Overall, this is a fantastic album from Biffy Clyro and I can't wait for the next. I would recommend it to anyone that is a fan of rock music. I would advise parental guidance though if you are thinking of buying it for a younger child, there is some very strong language in one of the songs.

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              05.05.2009 17:14
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              Exceeded my expectations!

              ==================== Biffy Clyro ==================== Biffy Clyro are a Scottish rock band from Ayrshire. Having been into this band for a few years now I was pretty excited to hear that they were due to release some new material- 'Puzzle'. The weren't that well known up until last year but hit the mainstream with singles such as 'Machines', and 'Mountains'. If, like me, you have followed the band for quite a while you will prbably, again like me, have thought 'Oh great, another unique act that have sold out and conformed!'. At first I did think that, but don't be fooled, this is no ordinary mainstream band, they are unique and fantastic in my opinion! You just have to ignore the whole mainstream or commercial label and enjoy the music, don't let the fact that they have become more sucessful put you off because they really are worth a listen. Currently, Biffy Clyro consists of: Simon Neil (vocals & guitar), James Johnston (vocals & bass), and Ben Johnston (vocals & drums). So far, they have released four studio albums (all worth owning!): Blackened Sky (2002) The Vertigo of Bliss (2003) Infinity Land (2004) Puzzle (2007) =================== Tracklist =================== 01. Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies 02. Saturday Superhouse 03. Who's Got A Match 04. As Dust Dances/Two Fifteenths 05. Whole Child Ago 06. Conversation Is 07. Now I'm Everyone 08. Semi Mental/Four Fifteenths 09. Love Has A Diameter 10. Get F**ked Stud 11. Folding Stars 12. Nine Fifteenths 13. Machines ==================== My Favourite Tracks ==================== =================================== 01. Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies =================================== What an explosive opener. If you've bought this album then it's likely that this was one of the tracks that influenced your decision. If you haven't bought this album then this track is definitely a good place to start, I'm pretty sure that it will have you hooked! It starts off with some quick fired electronics that vary in pace with some guitar thrown in the mix too. As it starts to fade into the first verse you hear some weird vocals that remind me of Star Wars! Don't let this put you off because it gets better and better. It kicks in with Simon's unique vocals and some very punk charged guitar playing. The chorus can only be described as one hell of an anthem! It changes pace and is so powerful, it will stick with you all day. "I don't wanna waste no more time, time's what we don't have, everywhere I look someone dies, I wonder when it's my time". 10/10. ==================== 02. Saturday Superhouse ==================== I don't think I'd be doing Biffy Clyro justice if I didn't mention this track in my review, it is THE track to own on this album! There is something magic about this track that I haven't heard in a long time, it's almost like a mixture of many genres but with that unique sound that screams 'Biffy Clyro!". I'm so glad that this track is yet to be ruined by over exposure by certain radio stations- mentioning no names of course!! You will know from the intro whether you will like this song or not, it bursts to life with some amazing vocals and a big wall of guitars, likely to burst your eardrums if it's too loud so be warned. The chorus is definitely the key to the reason why I love this song so much, it's brilliant. "If we don't know where we belong, it'll make no difference from where we started, look out kid 'cause here it comes, you're not the lucky one". 10/10. ==================== 03. Who's Got A Match? ==================== I really wasn't sure about this track the first time that I heard it, it seemed as though it was lacking something but I love it now! You can really hear Simon's scottish accent too! There's something almost sinister about this song, I don't know what but that's just the feel I get from it tonight. If you don't like this track the first time you listen to it I'd say give it a few listens because it does take a while to get into it. "I'm a fire and I'll burn, burn, burn tonight, I'm a fire and I'll burn, burn, burn tonight" 9/10. There are so many more songs on this album that I love and none at all that I son't, I don't want to spoil the whole album though! ==================== My Overall Opinion ==================== There really isn't anything bad I can say about this album, it was well worth the wait in my opinion. If you like Biffy Clyro but were put off by the chart succes then just give it a chance, you won't be dissapointed. It's a great mixture of rock, punk, and some electrifying vocals. **Note** I would highly recommend that you go to YouTube and check out Biffy Clyro's cover of Rihanna's 'Umbrella'- it is amazing!! Thanks For Reading!

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                27.04.2009 19:37
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                It's just a really great album.

                'Puzzle' is the fourth studio album made by the Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro and it does definitly not dissapoint! It was released on 4 June 2007 and reached #2 in the UK Album Chart. The album opens with 'Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies' which is the perfect start to an amazing album. The one and a half minute intro to the song, made up of choir and string arrangements as well as random banging of drums is strangely exhilirating, and not as tedious as it sounds. The song itself does perhaps drag on a tad towards the end, but is no doubt a brilliant song, being the second single to be released on the album. 'Saturday Superhouse' is the second song on the tracklist, and was their first single to be released. In my opinion, it isn't as good as 'Living is a Problem...'. It just seems a bit bland and doesn't have quite the same shebazz as the first song... If that makes sense. However, this is soon made up for when 'Who's Got a Match?' (my personal favourite) starts playing. There's a good, catchy melody to this song and some really great lyrics. The album then goes on with 'As Dust Dances 2/15ths', which slows down a bit compared to the first 3 songs but still does not fail to impress. After this there is 'A Whole Child Ago', 'The Conversation is' and 'Now I'm Everyone' which are all excellent songs, but just seem to all merge into one. Towards the end, the album gets a bit more emotional, with songs such as 'Folding Stars' and 'Machines' which were both inspired by the death of Simon Neil's (Lead singer and Guitarist) mother. 'Machines' was the fourth song to be released from the album, after 'Semi-mental 4/15ths' and is a really sad song. Listening to it for the first time sent shivers down my spine. Sadly the song only reached #29 in the UK singles chart which definitly does not do the song justice. Overall, this was just a really amazing album, Biffy Clyro are a really talented band. They liven the album up with songs like 'Who's Got a Match?' and then manage to tone the tempo down towards the end with songs such as 'Machines'. It's a very addictive album and is worth a listen even if you aren't usually into rockier music. My only main critisism about the whole album would be that I think they chose the wrong songs to release. 'Living is a Problem...', 'Machines' and 'Folding Stars' were spot on, but I think 'Saturday Superhouse' would have been better if replaced with 'Who's Got a Match?'. As well as this, Semi-mental' should have been left on the album and 'Now I'm Everyone' or 'A whole Child Ago' should have been released as singles, as I think they are just better songs.

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                  07.01.2009 16:15
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                  Great Rock CD

                  Biffy Clyro burst into our charts last year with 'I am a mountain'. A much reviewed and raved about song. Ferne Cotton on BBC radio one often raved about Biffy Clyro last year. What many people didnt know was that they had been around for some time, and released many albums. When shopping for their new album online I accidentally purchased Puzzle. This was their forth album and was released in 2007. Biffy Clyro are a Scottish band and their music mainly fits the genre of Rock. Their album Puzzle, demonstrates their style well and is very catchy. At first I wasnt sure I liked it, but after a second listen I found myself singing along with it in the car. It isn't hard rock.. maybe more Progressive rock? Some of the songs are quite repatiative and this can be some what annoying. At first on one of the tracks I thought the CD was sratched.

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                    Biffy Clyro come back with their fourth album, 'Puzzle', and they do it in a superb way.

                    Biffy Clyro - Puzzle Puzzle is the fourth album to come from the Scottish band, Biffy Clyro. Always known for being a band that doesn't stick to the rules, but a band that had a lot of potential for a mainstream market, they now have the chance to become one of the biggest bands in the UK, due to their new major label deal. Unlike the previous three albums, Blackened Sky, The Vertigo Of Bliss and Infinity Land, Puzzle had a lot of money put towards it, and, as a result, it sounds much more cleaner and much more polished than any of the previous efforts. The money put towards the record not only meant this better sond, but also meant Biffy could do something that they had not really had the chance to do before, and that is experiment. Not so much as in the way the songs are written, but more so with the extra added bits to the songs, such as overdubs and, more notably, the use of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and a full choir. The opening track, Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies, shows these added factors amazingly. As an opener, Living... works extremely well. The jabbings of both orchestra and guitar coming unexpectedly for the first minute build up a great amount of suspense for the listener before Simon Neil starts singing with just his palm muted guitar and a choir behind him. Then...bang. The full song kicks in, and the listener begins to go on a musical journey that will see him/her jumping up and down, waving hands in the air, crying and, come the end, smiling. It is often said that tragedy helps creativity, and nowhere is this more true than on Puzzle. Eleanor Neil, the mother of lead singer Simon Neil, passed away while the band were on tour for The Vertigo Of Bliss, just before they went to record Infinity Land. The death hit Simon hard, and, for a short while, he went off the rails. Drug use became common ground, and he never truly came to terms with it. Matters were not made easier when court battles had to be had over the record labels 14th Floor, who were signing Biffy, and Beggars Banquet, their previous label. Puzzle is not so much a rock album, but a diary, in the respect that the listener feels they are hearing Simon Neil pour his heart and soul on to this record. Folding Stars is one song that deals directly with the passing of Eleanor Neil. While you do imagine that this song would go down wonderfully at a festival, it's not until you listen to the lyrics and hear the background that you realise how heartbreaking a song it is. The chorus; "Eleanor, I would do anything for another minute with you, 'cuz it's not getting easier", demonstrates the heartbreak behind the song, and the theme is carried on in to the album closer Machines, a beautiful acoustic song, that opens with the line "I would dig a thousand holes, to lay next to you", but ends with "take the pieces and build them up to the sky", showing hope even through the tragedy. Two of the most emotional songs on the album, but, without a doubt, two of the best songs on the album. Although Puzzle demonstrates Biffy at their most personal, emotional best, it also doesn't fail to show how they can write songs that can fill audiences and have festival go-ers jumping up and down all day. Saturday Superhouse, Who's Got A Match?, The Conversation Is..., Semi Mental, Whole Child Ago and Get Fucked Stud, are all anthems that could prove to be massive winners in this summer's festival period. The album also presents Biffy at their epic best with the songs Living Is A Problem..., As Dust Dances and the madness that is 9/15th's. Although Puzzle is more widely appealing, 9/15th's will be a sign to the older Biffy fans that they can still do 'weird' songs better than anyone. Opening with an acoustic guitar, Simon Neil starts singing, "We're on a hellslide, help us, help us", before the song becomes a mess of storming guitars, orchestra, choir and drums. Every song on this album is essential. Be it the songs mentioned beforehand and the songs, Now I'm Everyone, which, for the ending alone, deserves it's place as a highlight, and Love Has A Diameter, a song that should be a single and has Simon Neil singing "I'm watching the radio, but it's the television looking at me". While it can be argued that some of the songs are not as good as past efforts, and that some of the songs are not disjointed like previous efforts, it can be said that what Biffy Clyro have produced is a well rounded, complete album that, track for track, works better than any album to have been released for quite some time. The only problem with this album comes down to the production, done by Andy Wallace (who also produced Nirvana's Nevermind), in the respect that it is so polished that you feel that it won't have the staying power as something that extra bit more raw. Puzzle never really loses it's edge, though, and while there is that mild concern, you do also feel that there is enough going on in the record to keep your attention for quite some time. Puzzle is, quite simply, brilliant. A record that will have you feeling every emotion you have ever felt, and one that will be in your stereos for many days, weeks and months to come. Public beware, there's a band about to take over your life, and that band is Biffy Clyro.

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                  • Product Details

                    Disc #1 Tracklisting
                    1 Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies
                    2 Saturday Superhouse
                    3 Who's Got A Match
                    4 As Dust Dances/Two Fifteenths
                    5 Whole Child Ago
                    6 Conversation Is
                    7 Now I'm Everyone
                    8 Semi Mental/Four Fifteenths
                    9 Love Has A Diameter
                    10 Get Fucked Stud
                    11 Folding Stars
                    12 Nine Fifteenths
                    13 Machines