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Puzzle

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The PUZZLE album from this oddly-named British band sees them making the bold and ambitious record that will both satisfy their huge and devoted fanbase and win the hearts of countless others, cementing their reputation as the best and most important Rock band in the UK. The album includes the singles 'Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies' and 'Saturday Superhouse', which found the band breaking into the Top 15 for the first time in the UK , and received high critical acclaim with the NME. Mixed in New York by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, At The Drive-In) and with artwork by Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zepellin), Puzzle marks Biffy's transformation into a truly world-beating band. From the soaring 'Semi-Mental' to the bludgeoning punch of 'Saturday Superhouse' through the swollen intensity of the slow-burning 'As Dust Dances' and to the glorious foot-stomping live favorite 'Who's Got A Match?', Puzzle packs an emotional punch with 24-carat choruses shot through with Biffy's trademark sideways approach to songwriting. 2007 marks the year that BIFFY CLYRO hit the US with a vengence , performing on the Van's Warped Tour and touring in the US till the years end with the likes of the EDITORS and Queens of the Stone Age.

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Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro (just Biffy to its fans) has bubbled through the underground quite comfortably for several years now, and whether or not Puzzle lifts the band up from under is irrelevant. It is a masterfully written, brilliantly executed hard-rock romp, and that’s more than enough reason to recommend it. "Living Is a Problem Because Everyone Dies" and "Saturday Superhouse" may sound familiar to anyone who’s slogged around the pits at a Vans Warped show or tuned into FM radio at all in the last five years, but there’s something that buoys these tracks beyond the familiar, rendering them fresh and exciting, filled with zeal and melodic traits that transcend the pure energy contained in each. Among the other outstanding standouts here are "A Whole Child Ago," "Love Has a Diameter," and "Fold Stars," but all tracks shine with scintillating beauty. An interesting-–and no doubt enduring-–record. --Jedd Beaudoin

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1. Intro
2. Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies
3. Saturday Superhouse
4. Who's Got a Match?
5. Medley: As Dust Dances/2/15ths
6. A Whole Child Ago
7. The Conversation Is...
8. Now I'm Everyone
9. Medley: Semi-Mental/4/15ths
10. Love Has a Diameter
11. Get F***ed Stud
12. Folding Stars
13. 9/15ths
14. Machines

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B000UYX5AI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. MCBEATH on August 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Many bands these days seem to get hyped up on there first album, only to get slaughtered by the press on their second and then forgotten about by their third effort. Biffy on the other hand, have gradually floated to the surface, building up a hardcore contingent of fans along the way. `Puzzle' looks set to propel the band into the mainstream.

Puzzle is the 4th album to come from Biffy's locker. I came across them due to my brother being obsessed with them from day one. I really liked Blackened Sky and went to see them a number of times. When `Question and Answers' and `Infinity Land' came along I didn't appreciate them at the time because I felt they were just trying to over-complicate things for the sake of it. Over the last year though, I have listened to these albums more and now find them refreshingly different from what was out at the time. This made me wait for Puzzle with great anticipation...

With Puzzle it is like they have completed the full circle from when they began, and then stepped it up a gear. To break this down; with their first album it was the accessible indie/rock songs such as `27', `57' with some signs of prog in `Convex concave', which showed hints of their potential early on. The second album saw them exploring their guitar sounds and song structures more. While the 3rd album expanded their array of experimentation even more, through vocal harmonies, etc. Puzzles' roots clearly are from their first album, as they just wanted to go back to basics and make an album for the fun of blasting out a mixture of all out rock with acoustic masterpieces.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nobody on July 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
You know how Oasis CD's always sound big and urgent, like something great is going to happen? There's a lot of that here, and unfortunately nothing really does. "Folding Stars" is the best example of that, big guitars and the lead up to the multi-harmony chorus . . . that just isn't there. "Dust Dances" is the slow burner type that sounds promising, but as the band gets into it they keep stretching lines out looking for something to click that doesn't quite happen, it all sounds like the lead up to the passage they were looking for and never found. "Saturday" goes against their sound, it's too fast and loud, and again never quite gets to a memorable hook.

A very frustrating CD, because I liked their sound and voices and was kind of rooting for them to really hit it. The problem is the one thing they're missing is the most difficult of all, nothing else really matters if you can write hooks. And if you can't, no amount of good noise makes up for it, because it just drains in one ear and out the other. You can learn a lot about music, but you can't learn to hit the gong, you either have it or you don't. Sorry guys.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Harding on December 29, 2009
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I bought this album because Kerrang gave it Album of the Year. I was not expecting what I heard, but it was still really good. Not very heavy at all, it sounds quite a bit like Sugarcult's "Start Static", so if you enjoyed that album, pick this one up as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Wade on July 5, 2008
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I'm usually not one to try something out just because the critics liked it, but when I heard the praise this album was getting, my interest was peaked. I got the album, and fell in love. As a seasoned music lover, I wondered how I had never looked into this underrated band.

I listened to the album over and over, never growing tired of it, and each time I was struck by its quality. It was very melodic, with a keen sense of harmony as well, the lyrics were interesting, and each of the band's members had impressive skill on their respective instruments. Each song was distinct and well-written, and everytime I listened to the album, I was left stunned.

I've listened to most of the band's other material since then, and there's some great stuff - truly a fantastic band - but still, this album moves me every time, and I still think it's their best-written, musically speaking.

I know some Biffy Clyro fans are miffed because it's been successful (as if that's a bad thing), or because it's attracted new fans (again, is that a bad thing?), or because it they think it sounds more mainstream (which can be contested). Of course, one of the other reviews even complained that critics liked it too much. These fans need to lighten up and look at the big picture. All good bands progress and go into new territory from time to time, and that's what Biffy Clyro's doing, and, if you ask me, they're going into exciting new directions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By horror fan on December 18, 2007
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I am a sort of a new fan of Biffy Clyro, I first heard of them when they were opening up for Queens of the Stone Age. I figured with a name like that and the fact that Queens has them opening for them, they have to be at least different. I like music that is different but yet is hard hitting and melodic. That is exactly what they are.

Their fourth effort since the mid 90's I feel that "Puzzle" is their most grown up and realized album. The experimentation is still there and the hard hitting tracks are there as well. Although it is not as heavey as previous albums there is almost, if not any, screaming at all. The melodies and the instrumentation make up for it. After listening to it a few times I think that this is definitley of my favorite albums of all time.

An orginal and very talented band I would recommend "Puzzle" or any one of their three other albums to anyone.
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