Label: Warner Records
Released: 22nd October 2021
Digging deep into their creative wells, Scotland’s finest rockers are quickly returning with a proclaimed “reaction” to last year’s ‘A Celebration of Endings’. Certainly, you can hear the sprouting off points. Where ‘A Celebration…’ was a mammoth explorative adventure with Biffy proving that they belonged at the top. Accompanying it with ‘The Myth Of The Happily Ever After’ is not only daring that there’s even more to come.
There’s no fuss, and certainly no muss as they dodge and dart around some of their most melodic and tauntingly mid-00s sounds. Harking back to ‘Puzzle’-era ambitions while, as promised, balancing the future firmly in the palms of their hands, the Biff sound like a band ready to explode. It feels like they’ve been pent up. Delivering some of their most thick and delicious choruses (‘Hunger In Your Haunt’, ‘Denier’) while also packing in some of their Biff weirdness (‘Witch’s Cup’) toting horns ’n’ all, their trademark frenzied rock epics (‘Unknown Male 01’, ‘Slurpy Slurpy Sleep Sleep’), and even a little acoustic ditty (‘Holy Water’), it’s a proper feast.
Truly, no one can do what Biffy Clyro are doing. The moment you hit play, you’re off down their rabbit hole once more, and while it may still dodge that screeching mania of their earlier material, ‘The Myth Of The Happily Ever After’ stands up stronger than some of their later albums.