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Biffy Clyro – Opposites (2013)

Biffy_Clyro_-_OppositesMuch has been made in the media of Biffy Clyro’s new album Opposites. For the months leading up to the release there have been interviews, “exclusives”, two tracks released, and Radio gigs to promote it. But also not least the excitement felt from the fans in the wait for it to be with us.

It arrived last Monday morning and I have played it pretty much all the time since. During the week I also discovered that there are two versions of the album; the “deluxe edition” which is the only version I thought existed (certainly how the band described it in all interviews) and a shorter, re-ordered single disc version which apparently the record label wanted to release. More on that later.

This review deals with the album as intended by the band – the two disc “opposites” of each other. I remember reading that disc one is darker, brooding, looking back at how life has changed, strains on relationships, and everything which has happened to get to the point at which they are now. The second disc is the uplifting look to the future and opportunities which await. When listening to the music the tone and mood is clear. There is much anger and pure rock out moments and there is  the anthemic choruses and joy that Biffy seem to have discovered in their most recent releases. Continue reading

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An Introduction to Ginger Wildheart According to Twitter

Ginger_By_Ami_Barwell__42_Now most of my friends seem to hold The Wildhearts, Ginger Wildheart and all his associated work in very high esteem, and although I saw The Wildhearts once as a support act back in about 1994 I’ve pretty much ignored them for the last 20 years.

I’m not really sure why this was the case, but I guess 18/19-year-old me decided that I didn’t like them without really giving the band a chance or properly listening to anything they released. The Wildhearts and Ginger’s subsequent work just passed me by. Knowing how much my mates, the media, and fans online seemed to support and love him / the band, I knew I was probably doing myself out of something.

A few months ago I learned that Ginger was the support act for The Darkness, who play Glasgow in March 2013. Now given this opportunity to see Ginger in a few months I decided it would be an ideal chance to get listening to some tracks and see if I can become a fan; only I had absolutely no idea where I should begin.

I am an avid Twitter user and love how it provides the opportunity to discuss and share thoughts about any subject (but music for me) with fans around the world in addition to with the musicians directly. Therefore I turned to the man himself and asked the question of where should I start. Rather brilliantly (already he impressed me with this move) he asked the question of his Twitter followers.

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Merry Christmas 2012

Hope you have a fantastic Christmas and best wishes from all of us at Musicscramble.

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Stereophonics @ O2 Academy, Glasgow – 17/12/12

Stereophonics - O2 Academy, Glasgow - December 2012I am a huge fan of the Stereophonics. Or at least, I was. Seeing them support Skunk Anansie at the Barrowlands back in 1997 before their debut Word Gets Around. When the three-piece “pop-rock” band were young and had real fire in their belly it would be hard not to become a fan.

Since then I’ve seen them on every album tour, from debut album tiny venues, headlining Festivals on Performance & Cocktails, the Kelly Jones ‘JEEP’ acoustic tour and everything after. Pull The Pin was OK but The Greatest Hits tour of 2008 was fantastic. Then came Keep Calm and Carry On.

I couldn’t keep calm, and I certainly couldn’t carry on. The album limped along, was dull and boring, and the resulting arena shows were equally lacklustre. Even the infamous Glasgow-crowd couldn’t improve on these shows. I swore I’d never see them again, and if they hadn’t announced a series of “intimate” shows this Christmas I’d have stuck to that.

The thing is, when they’re on fire the Stereophonics are great live. When they’re great live in a small venue then the roof is well and truly raised. So it was worth taking the risk. You know, just in case. Continue reading

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Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier (2012) [video]

Following on from November’s audio release of the first single from the forthcoming Biffy Clyro album ‘Opposites’, the band have now produced a video for ‘Black Chandelier’.

The album is out next month, and I for one cannot wait. Click below to view the video now.

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Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day (2012)

“Good Times Bad Times”, “Black Dog”, “In My Time of Dying”, “No Quarter”, “Dazed and Confused”, “Stairway to Heaven”, “The Song Remains The Same”, “Kashmir”, “Whole Lotta Love”. It is quite a legacy.

It is no wonder then that with such a top calibre selection of songs both fans and Promoters have wanted the band to reform time and time again. Led Zeppelin have always said “No.” Until one day in 2007 they announced for one night only they were reforming along with Jason, their late drummer John Bonham’s son, to play a tribute show for Ahmet Ertegun the founder of Atlantic Records who had died the previous year.

Most will remember the frantic scrabble to get tickets, the ballot system put in place and the millions from around the world who tried to get briefs for the show; myself included. I was unlucky. Five years later the unlucky ones finally get to see the show and those who got the ‘golden’ tickets get a gorgeous reminder with Celebration Day which documents the show in full. Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Doom and Gloom (2012)

2012 is the 50th Anniversary of The Rolling Stones, and to commemorate the occasion (yet another) Greatest Hits album is being released.

And like Forty Licks 10 years ago new compilation Grrr! has some new tracks, the first of which is ‘Doom and Gloom’ released this week. I have to admit I am pleasantly surprised by the track.

I am a pretty big fan of the Stones and own all their albums, have seen them live many times, and yes, yes I have bought the t-shirt too. Somehow though I just didn’t expect big things from the new material. Perhaps it was my complete feeling of “meh” when A Bigger Bang was released in 2005. That album did nothing for me.

Still, with fifty years behind them this year they have pulled a bit of a corker out of the bag with ‘Doom and Gloom’. Watch the lyric video and listen to it now. Continue reading

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Muse – The 2nd Law (2012)

Well a lot of hype has surrounded the release of this album. Not least helped along by the dubstep comments from the band during recording sessions.

Then there was the barkingly mad Olympic song, ’Survival’ which seemed to surprise everybody. To top it all off they then released ’Madness’, a single which is one of the best songs of the past five years. So what does The 2nd Law actually sound like?

‘Supremacy’ kicks things off and its as if we should never have worried. All guns blazing Muse are back and the style, subject matter and everything else is just perfectly aligned to what you would expect. Could easily have been the theme to upcoming Bond film “Skyfall”, well if it wasn’t for Adele…

Up next is ‘Madness’, and as I’ve said it is in my view the best song released in recent years. It is so understated, slowly creeping up to suddenly become a gorgeous chorus and guitar solo which has echoes of Queen without ever aping or being cliché. Inevitable derogatory comparisons will no doubt ensue anyway. Continue reading

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