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Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies by Biffy Clyro

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Reviewed on 13th May 2007.


Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies

By Biffy Clyro

It's a well known fact, pop fans, that when you're in a band and you achieve even the faintest semblance of commercial success - be it a top 30 hit, MTV play or appearing as background music in a particularly septic episode of Hollyoaks - all previously-held scruples and convictions go out of the window. Time to dumb down, turn-off and zone-out, with the lure of fame and lucre the common denominator as once-vital artists turn themselves into aural Philadelphia for the masses.

Fortunately though, Biffy Clyro eschew any such careerist nonsense. After the last single "Saturday Superhouse" crashed into the top 15 the Scottish pop-grunge titans return with  five minute mini-epic "Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies". Featuring a snazzy choir accompaniment and a string arrangement performed by The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the release manages to combine soaring epic elements with a poppy, almost theatrical chorus.

While the release is hardly a deliberate move away from commercial success - witness the frequent pop harmonies appearing throughout - it's also refreshing to see a band who aren't scared of assimilating their sound with the vagaries of fashion, and have confidence to build on previous success with ambition, rather than repetition. Good work.



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On 14th May 2007 at 08:55 Anonymous 30 wrote...

What a confusing review!


On 15th May 2007 at 10:52 Anonymous 3667 wrote...

Makes perfect sense to me. Are you reading it from left to right?


On 15th May 2007 at 11:19 Anonymous 3667 wrote...

Actually after rereading that, the bit about "scared of assimilating their sound" doesn't make much sense. However, hardly the basis for a confusing review as the rest of it is coherent enough.



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