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Named after the three periods at the end of a sentence that indicate an omission or unfinished idea, Biffy Clyro's seventh studio album, 2016's delightfully compact Ellipsis, is a power blast of an album that finds the Scottish outfit knocking out a tidy set of crisp anthems. Produced by the band and Rich Costey (Muse, Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine), Ellipsis follows up the group's ambitious 2013 double album Opposites. However, it feels more connected to their breakthrough Mercury Prize-nominated 2009 effort, Only Revolutions. As with that album, Ellipsis showcases the trio's knack for crafting muscular punk-prog numbers with choruses that beg for stadium-sized crowd singalongs, just as they challenge fans with unexpected phrasing and the occasional odd time signature. Although there isn't anything as monumental as "Mountains" off Only Revolutions, there are still some decidedly infectious moments on Ellipses. Cut's like the lead-off "Wolves of Winter" and "On a Bang" are passionately delivered, wicked-tongued hard rockers that frame lead singer Simon Neil's addictive brogue yawp with spring-loaded basslines, hard-driving drums, and brutal, thickly compressed electric guitar riffs. Conversely, tracks like the yearningly romantic "Re-Arrange" and the acoustic guitar-based "Medicine" prove that, while Biffy Clyro can hang with the heaviest of guitar bands, they're also adept pop songwriters with emotive, poetic souls. It's a balance they perfect here on cuts like the driving Queens of the Stone Age-sounding "Animal Style" and the late-album standout "Howl." While the album title implies that Biffy Clyro have something more to say here, the truth is that Ellipsis is a pleasingly efficient album that never sounds incomplete or labored. If anything, Biffy Clyro have discovered new ways to boil down their more complex thoughts and emotions into snarling, meaty pop slogans. As Neil sings on "Howl," "So, I'm gonna howl like an animal/'Cause lately it's hard to let you know..."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2016
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0190295972820
catalogNumber: 555504
Rank: 181045

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Biffy Clyro   Primary Artist
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Zac Rae   Keyboards
Ben Johnston   Group Member
Simon Neil   Group Member
David Innes   Piano
Lucius Lowe   Children's Chorus
Isom Innis   Synthesizer
Lauren Kim   Children's Chorus
Alexander Seaver   Keyboards
James Johnston   Group Member
Zac Soloman   Horn
Jackson Lowe   Children's Chorus
Ava Newman   Children's Chorus
Tal Altman   Children's Chorus
Henry Jakubowicz   Children's Chorus
Penelope Bisley   Children's Chorus
Elysha Chae   Children's Chorus
Corinna Frankel   Children's Chorus
Jex Frankel   Children's Chorus
Ava Friedman   Children's Chorus
Isabella Wu   Children's Chorus
Rhodes Michael O'Gara Bloom   Children's Chorus

Technical Credits

John Feldmann   Composer
Rich Costey   Programming,Producer
Gary Lightbody   Composer
Biffy Clyro   Composer,Producer
Martin Cooke   Engineer
Simon Neil   Composer
Nicolas Fournier   Engineer
Dan   Art Direction
Matt Pauling   Engineer
James Rushent   Programming,Additional Production
Josh Gudwin   Vocal Effect
John Feldman   Engineer,Additional Production
Johnny McDaid   Composer
Busbee   Composer
Matt   Art Direction
Isom Innis   Programming
Zakk Corvine   Engineer
Steph Altman   Arranger

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