Blackened Sky

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Blackened Sky
Studio album by Biffy Clyro
Released 10 March 2002 (2002-03-10)
Recorded 2001–2002 at The Church Studios (London), Moles Studio (Bath), Mark Angelo Studios (London), and Great Linford Manor (Great Linford)
Genre Alternative rock, post-hardcore, experimental rock
Length 49:00
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer Biffy Clyro, Chris Sheldon, Paul Corkett, DP Johnson, S.A.G.
Biffy Clyro chronology
Thekidswhopoptoday
willrocktomorrow

(2000)
Blackened Sky
(2002)
The Vertigo of Bliss
(2003)
Singles from Blackened Sky
  1. "27"
    Released: 9 April 2001 (2001-04-09)
  2. "Justboy"
    Released: 1 October 2001 (2001-10-01)
  3. "57"
    Released: 4 February 2002 (2002-02-04)
  4. "Joy.Discovery.Invention"/"Toys, Toys, Toys, Choke, Toys, Toys, Toys"
    Released: 7 October 2002 (2002-2002-07T15)

Blackened Sky is the debut studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro. Largely produced with the band by Chris Sheldon, it was released by Beggars Banquet Records on 10 March 2002. The album reached number 78 on the UK Albums Chart, and spawned four singles. A deluxe remastered edition was released in 2012, which featured, in addition to the original 12 album tracks, two songs from the band's debut extended play (EP) thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow and a number of B-sides from the album's singles.[1]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception to Biffy Clyro's debut album was generally mixed. John Murphy of independent music website musicOMH, writing at the time of its release in 2002, claimed that Blackened Sky was evidence of Biffy's status as "the most exciting new band in Britain", drawing comparisons to influencing band Nirvana and praising elements such as the consistency in the vocal performances.[2] His review was not entirely positive though, as he pointed out that "with this album ... the band sometimes lose the balance between light and shade", claiming that "There’s no sign of any kind of breakthrough song here, ... but if you take the time to explore this Blackened Sky you’ll find a few shining stars worth exploring".[2] Jason MacNeil of PopMatters was similarly indecisive, concluding that Blackened Sky was "Generally a credible first step despite some lapses in judgement".[3]

Allmusic critic Dean Carlson was less generous, awarding the album a low rating of 1.5 out of five stars; the review proposed that on the album "the band came across as all of the least interesting aspects of American grunge released a decade too late", with the website claiming that Biffy did not live up to the hype they had received prior to the album's release.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Simon Neil, all music composed by Biffy Clyro.

No. Title Length
1. "Joy.Discovery.Invention"   3:38
2. "27"   3:27
3. "Justboy"   4:22
4. "Kill the Old, Torture Their Young"   6:12
5. "The Go-Slow"   3:59
6. "Christopher's River"   4:09
7. "Convex, Concave"   4:28
8. "57"   3:21
9. "Hero Management"   4:46
10. "Solution Devices"   3:18
11. "Stress on the Sky"   4:14
12. "Scary Mary" (lyrics co-written by Martin Scott) 3:06
Total length:
49:00

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog Ref.
United Kingdom 10 March 2002 Beggars Banquet Records CD album BBQCD226 [5]
LP record BBQLP226 [6]
France 8 April 2002 Labels CD album 7243 8 1207420 [7]
Scandinavia 8 April 2002 Playground Music Scandinavia CD album BBQCD226 [8]
United Kingdom 2 April 2012 Beggars Banquet Records Double LP BBQLP2089 [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biffy Clyro - Blackened Sky (Expanded Edition) - Vinyl". Beggars Banquet Records. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Murphy, John (11 March 2002). "Biffy Clyro - Blackened Sky". Album Reviews. musicOMH. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  3. ^ MacNeil, Jason (12 January 2003). "Biffy Clyro: Blackened Sky". PopMatters. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Carlson, Dean. "Blackened Sky - Biffy Clyro". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Biffy Clyro - Blackened Sky (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Biffy Clyro - Blackened Sky (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Biffy Clyro - Blackened Sky (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Biffy Clyro - Blackened Sky (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Biffy Clyro - Blackened Sky (Vinyl, Album, LP)". Discogs. Retrieved 26 September 2013.