If you’re not a Biffy Clyro fan by now, you’re probably never going to be. Frankly, it’s your loss; the Scottish alt-rock trio can generally be counted on to keep things interesting. That’s most assuredly true once again with A Celebration Of Endings, their ninth studio release (and second album in as many years). It delivers 11 vibrant, inspired tracks that once again mix and match pop-chart sensibilities and arena-rock grandeur with proggy intricacy, wiry punk angst and even the occasional blast of headbanging intensity. Admittedly, the Biff have tempered some of their wilder and woollier ways over the years. But even if they’re not quite as rambunctious and rebellious as they once were — it’s been quite some time since a cartoon woman pleasuring herself adorned their album cover — Endings still gives you more then enough to celebrate. And to confirm that their creative saga is far from over. So maybe it’s not too late to become a fan after all.
THE PRESS RELEASE: “A Celebration of Endings finds U.K. alt-rock giants Biffy Clyro pushing everything they do to the next level, with the help of Grammy-winning producer Rich Costey (Foo Fighters, Muse, The Killers). Frontman Simon Neil explains, “This is a very forward-looking album from a personal perspective and a societal perspective. The title is about seeing the joy in things changing, rather than the sadness. Change means progression and evolution. You can retain everything you loved before, but let’s lose the bad shit. It’s about trying to take back control.”