Year 4, Day 14: Biffy Clyro – Puzzle

Year 4, Day 14: Biffy Clyro – Puzzle

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Track List

  1. Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies
  2. Saturday Superhouse
  3. Who’s Got a Match?
  4. As Dust Dances (contains track 2/15ths)
  5. A Whole Child Ago
  6. The Conversation Is…
  7. Now I’m Everyone
  8. Semi-Mental (contains track 4/15ths)
  9. Love Has a Diameter
  10. Get Fucked Stud
  11. Folding Stars
  12. 9/15ths
  13. Machines

About the Album

Puzzle is the fourth studio album from Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro. The album was released on June 4 2007 through 14th Floor Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music UK. The album peaked at number two on the UK Albums Charts, peaked at number seventeen on the Irish charts, and peaked at number 39 on the overall world charts. The album is certified platinum in the United Kingdom, selling over 300,000 copies.

Thoughts on the Album

If you haven’t been able to tell, I really like alternative rock and hard rock mixed with some punk, metal, and lighter/softer pop. Today’s album is just more of the same… it’s Scottish rockers, Biffy Clyro and their fourth studio album, Puzzle. Having reviewed Only Revolutions four years ago, and it was a great album. Puzzle, the predecessor to Only Revolutions is the album that gave the band widespread critical acclaim worldwide.

If you have listened to Biffy’s previous release Infinity Land, you can tell a noticeable difference in song structure. The song structure of tracks on this album is more straightforward and streamlined. Another noticeable difference is the lack of time signature changes, which dominates their previous work.

The album opens with a colossal opener, Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies. It’s a massive/colossal opener that lurches forth from an epic arranged orchestrated piece, to operatic layered vocals, to dive-bombing head first into adrenaline fueled rock. A five minute, 18 second masterpiece that doesn’t let up until the song countdown equals 0:00 left. Even towards the end of the song at the 4:10 mark it returns to that epic arranged orchestrated piece.

The follow up track, Saturday Superhouse is a more streamlined, but hard rocker. It’s an incredibly melodic track. It’s a track out of the veins of Nirvana and Sunny Day Real Estate style of rock with a fabulous chorus.

This album is the definition of alternative rock. The very definition of it. Unquestionably even. This is qualified by the track Now I’m Everyone with the weird time signatures; majority of the album is remarkably radio friendly. The album’s standout track is Folding Stars. The track is a heartfelt tribute to frontman Simon Neil’s late mother. It’s an emotionally overpowering track.

Conclusion

Generally there is a mantra in music, “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” Well, Biffy Clyro doesn’t fix anything really, they just build, mold, and evolve their sound on Puzzle. It’s an excellent weird, bizarre, strange, and outright awesome album.The album was a massive commercial success, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Try it out today.

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