Biffy Clyro (5 stars)

This article is from 2007.

Biffy Clyro

Puzzle (14th Floor)

ROCK

The pressure of expectation on a band is only really pressure if you don’t have the requisite songs to walk the walk. This, Biffy Clyro’s fourth album, walks the walk. The proggy edges that might have frightened the greater populace in the past remain intact but have been woven into tight, adrenalised anthemic rock songs. Much of this record was inspired lyrically by the death of singer Simon Neil’s mother, and while his grief is acute and explored with unflinching honesty, there are still flashes of hope among the anger and despair. Puzzle is the total package: it lays bare a band with a broken heart who continue to be sonically unpredictable while remaining wholly accessible and intuitively melodic. A bittersweet classic.

(Mark Robertson)

Biffy Clyro

The award-winning, chart-topping Kilmarnock rockers return with their unique brand of hard alternative rock and post-hardcore. As their fans say, 'Mon the Biff!'

Belfast Waterfront

Sun 16 Sep

£37.50–£41.50 / 028 9033 4400

Opera House, Manchester

Sat 22 Sep

£41.15–£61.15 / 0844 847 2275

Unplugged Session

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Mon 24 Sep

£35–£65 / 020 7589 8212

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