Biffy Clyro – Ellipsis [Album Review]

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For me, Biffy Clyro have always been one of those bands that if you hear them on the radio or a friend puts them on in the background I’m happy to listen to. I like them, they’re a talented trio and have some good, catchy songs. I’ve never really gone out of my way to listen to them though, despite owning 3 of their albums prior to Ellipsis. For whatever reason, something about Biffy has never truly ‘grabbed’ me.

At the office I work in, we tend to listen to Absolute Radio and they love playing Howl. I can understand why, it’s a really good song. After listening to it once a day for a week or so and humming along, I thought it was about time I tried the rest of this album. So I bought it, put it in my car and haven’t looked back since.

·     First of all Ellipsis sounds amazing, the clarity in all the instruments is sensational. You can hear everything and yet in blends into each other perfectly as well. We all have our own personal preferences on how music should sound. How tight a snare drum should be or the tone of a guitar, but this is my cup of tea.

Ellipsis is also packed full of great songs. The best thing about them is they’re all different too. The switch genres, styles and tempos and never miss a beat. It’s great.

I like so many of them, it’s actually hard to pick out my favourite or favourites. Obviously Howl is great. The first single Wolves of Winter is brilliant too. Friends and Enemies is also fantastic, but if push came to shove I’d say Rearrange would have to be my personal favourite.

Back in January the band discussed the upcoming album with NME, they called it the “best record we’ve made”. They might not be wrong, I love it. If you pick up one album from this summer, make sure it’s this one.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

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