Biffy Clyro - Infinity Land
Reviewed by Andreas on 15th October 2004
If all albums were this good, the world would be a better place. Sadly, Mansun are still releasing albums, so it's a fair assumption to say that the world is still going awry. In this day and age, there is little to suggest that music is once again becoming important. However, there are exceptions. Bands like Interpol, Therapy? and furthermore Biffy Clyro are all doing their parts to make rock interesting once more.
Biffy Clyro, hailing from the depths of Kilmarnock (that's in Scotland) have released three albums in as many years. This third release is by far the most accomplished, if not the most instantly accessible. Opening track and also first single, 'Glitter and Trauma' plays with a nice pop beat before breaking down into PURE ROCK (insert your devil signs here). The 'You are. The human. Strobe.' chorus is one of the most catchy bits of poprock you'll hear this year.
'Infinity Land' is all about ideas being thrown about. And it works. From the relentless chorus of 'Strung To Your Ribcage' to the dynamics of 'Wave upon wave upon wave' the album is so different from anything else on the scene today simply because Biffy Clyro don't conform to any set standard. The perhaps best example of this, and the albums' centrepiece, 'There is no such thing as a jaggy snake'. That song itself features some of the weirdest ideas you'll hear in rock, and that is just gorgeous.
While the larger part of the album is all-out rock, there are quiet, tender moments as well. Take for instance the dark and moody 'There's no such man as crasp', an a capella number which is quite the tearjerker.
This is one of the essential albums of the year, and you have no excuse not to buy it! Mon the Biffy!
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