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Biffy Clyro | Balance, Not Symmetry: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Scottish trio do double duty by turning their eighth outing into a soundtrack.

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WHO ARE THEY? You know; those U.K. rockers. The ones who aren’t Muse or The 1975 or Bloc Party. The other guys. The ones who sang that song. You know the one: Black something. BlackBlack Chandelier. That’s it. You remember.

WHAT IS THIS? The Scottish trio’s eighth album, which also happens to be a set of all-new material written for a film co-written by the band’s singer-guitarist Simon Neil. What a coincidence!

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? Honestly, pretty much like the rest of Biffy Clyro’s releases: Big riffs and complex modern rockers mixed with lighter electronic pop fare. In fact, a few short instrumentals are the only bits that even suggest it’s a soundtrack.

HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? While watching the movie, perhaps — assuming the film helps explain the songs and vice versa.

WHAT 10 WORDS DESCRIBE IT? Ambitious, accomplished, meticulous, vibrant, colourful, heavy, proggy, structured, grand, dramatic.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? The opening title track comes on like gangbusters, but Sunrise, The Naturals, Touch and Tunnels And Trees aren’t far behind.

WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY THINK? ‘Which one’s Biffy?’

HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO THIS? Probably more often than you’ll watch the movie.

IF THIS ALBUM WERE A PUZZLE, WHAT KIND OF PUZZLE WOULD IT BE? Jigsaw.

SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL? If you’ve bought their other seven albums, why stop now?