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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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This album is pretty solid from beginning to an end. Recommended for those who love loud guitars and rocking tunes.Published 21 months ago by William Jay
Puzzle is the 3rd album by the Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro, but also a weird place for a newbie like me who hasn`t heard of this band before. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ivan Howe The Great
Great album, from a great band. Nice mix of tracks and great lyrics and vocals. One of many great albums.Published on February 14, 2014 by CE
biffy clyro is all over the place, great musicians. this album is great. can't believe this band really isn't bigger state side.Published on March 29, 2013 by The Count
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. Read morePublished on December 29, 2009 by John Harding
I saw the "Mountains" video on tv and liked it very much. So I bought this latest album. From the first notes on, I thought, this is a special band. Read morePublished on November 18, 2008 by P. de Croon
...I have been a huge biffy clyro fan for a while...Infinity Land is one of my favorite albums being both experimental and never at a point where I could wrap one genre around... Read morePublished on March 17, 2008 by OMNIGOSS
Biffy Clyro absolutley know what they are doing when they write music. Interesting album, I've listened to it 5 times in a row when I got it and still not sick of it. Read morePublished on October 27, 2007 by Reut Feldman