Day 18: Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
- The Captain
- That Golden Rule
- God & Satan
- Born A Horse
- Shock Shock
- Many of Horror
- Booooom, Blast & Ruin
- Cloud of Stink
- Know Your Quarry
About the Album
Only Revolutions is the fifth studio album by Scottish alternative rock band, Biffy Clyro. The was released in 2009 and met with critical and commercial success upon it’s release. The album entered UK charts at number 8, and in 2010, was certified platinum and peaked at number three on the UK charts.
About the tracklist
It opens dramatically with “The Captain.” It starts out with a cavalcade of marching feet and brass until it kicks in with heavy hooks and the chorus. The chorus is very catchy and one can sing along to it. It’s a wonderfully crafted song that sets out the stall for the rest of the album.
Track number two, “That Golden Rule” is a remarkably well-achieved song that blends its punk styling with assured musicianship and it is bolstered by string sections that are deftly orchestrated. “That Golden Rule” has amazing drumming, a cool riff, and of course, the strings at the end make a perfect combination.
“Bubbles”, aka track three, features a guitar solo from Queens of the Stone Age guitarist, Josh Homme. The solo and riffs just put this song into a different atmosphere. The old-school harder edge Biffy Clyro, in the form of an incredible extended outro is present… hell I think it even outdoes that of the previous track.
After a fast paced and hard edge intro, Biffy brings it down a notch with the unplugged “God & Satan”. This track showcases the underrated songwriting of Simon Neil, frontman. “God & Satan” could have been a tedious filler track, but they turned it into a beautiful piece of music.
“Many of Horror” repeats the unplugged theme that “God & Satan” had. Such an odd title, for such an achingly beautiful acoustic song that can’t help but make you think of the experience you’d feel from hearing this live. “Many of Horror” is probably the best track on the album. Everything about it is perfect…. from the raw and heartfelt lyrics to the grandiose full orchestra that returns at the end.
Of course, these guys are no slouches when it comes to the three minute rock songs, either. With songs like the ridiculous yet seemingly fantastic “Born On A Horse” and vicious and intense “Shock Shock” there are a few of these littered throughout the 12 track album.
The key with Biffy Clyro is, no two tracks are the same. There are distinguishable differences between the tracks. For example, even the two faster paced songs, the preposterously named “Booooom, Blast & Ruin” and “Cloud of Stink” differentiate from each other.
“Mountains” brings together mainstream rock and a classic rock sing-along. It has an unashamedly simple chorus and catchy guitar riffs. “Mountains” does something unique that most songs today don’t do: it remains fresh on the hundredth listen as it does on the first.
Thoughts on the Album
There is rarely a dull moment on this album… maybe “God & Satan”, but that is all a matter of opinion. Biffy Clyro is one of the few bands who are willing add and play around with a full orchestra and it pays off. The strings, brass, and other orchestral pieces in Only Revolutions work seamlessly with the guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Tracks, “Mountains,” “Many of Horror,” and “That Golden Rule” stick out on the album as gems.
This was the first album of Biffy Clyro I listened to. I loved it. They have unique sound all their own. While they may not appeal to everyone, they can appeal to anyone.