Puzzle (Biffy Clyro album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||4 June 2007|
|Studio||The Warehouse Studio|
(Vancouver, British Columbia)
The Farm Studios
(Gibsons, British Columbia)
|Biffy Clyro chronology|
|Singles from Puzzle|
|Drowned in Sound||7/10|
Puzzle is the fourth studio album by Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro, released 4 June 2007 – the album was later released in America in August. It is the band's first album since leaving Beggars Banquet (though the sleeve artwork still features the Beggars Banquet logo).
The album reached #2 in the UK Albums Chart to widespread critical acclaim, receiving several perfect ratings and was voted the best album of 2007 by Kerrang! and Rock Sound. The album also reached #17 in Ireland, and #39 in the overall world charts. The album is certified Platinum in the UK, having sold over 300,000 copies. As of July 2016, it has sold 342,042 copies in the UK.
This album is notable for having somewhat more straightforward song structures and a more melodic overall sound than their previous work, while still retaining some more unusual elements.
The album was recorded from September to November 2006 at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and The Farm Studio in Gibsons, British Columbia. It was produced by Garth Richardson, engineered by Mike Fraser, mixed by Andy Wallace in New York, and mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk. The band said that they had 40 tracks to choose from, and that they had been recording with composer Graeme Revell and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra whilst making the album. The artwork for Puzzle and its subsequent singles was designed by Storm Thorgerson. It is possible that the artwork is a reference to the song "Glitter and Trauma", which includes the line "your skin will break into jigsaw shaped pieces of meat."
Lyric meaning and music stylistic changes
After the release of Infinity Land the band had stated that they felt they had pushed their original sound to its limit, and wanted to try a more straightforward approach to songwriting. Lyrically, the album deals mainly with the death of Simon Neil's mother Eleanor, who had died a few years prior to the recording of Puzzle. The most noticeable difference between Puzzle and the band's previous work is the more streamlined and accessible nature of the songs, with fewer of the abrupt structure and time signature changes which characterised their early material. Influences such as Sunny Day Real Estate and Red House Painters can be heard heavily on this album.
All tracks written by Simon Neil .
|1.||"Living Is a Problem Because Everything Dies"||5:18|
|3.||"Who's Got a Match?"||2:23|
|4.||"As Dust Dances" (Contains track 2/15ths – 1:02)||4:34|
|5.||"A Whole Child Ago"||3:07|
|6.||"The Conversation Is..."||3:40|
|7.||"Now I'm Everyone"||3:50|
|8.||"Semi-Mental" (Contains track 4/15ths – 0:45)||3:22|
|9.||"Love Has a Diameter"||3:53|
|10.||"Get Fucked Stud"||3:37|
|Bonus track on UK Limited Edition CD/DVD Edition|
|Japanese bonus tracks|
|14.||"I'm Behind You"||2:34|
On the US & Japanese version the first track was split into "Intro" (1:25) & "Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies" (3:53)
- "Help Me Become Captain" (Previously known as "Angels Fall")
was later renamed "Help Me Be Captain" and released as a B-side to "The Captain". The song remained the same as the original version played at live shows in 2005.
- "Captain, Sir..." (A counterpart to "Help Me Become Captain")
- "I'm Probably In Your Pocket"
- "The Ghouls of Bymbombidor"
- A Standard CD
- A Limited Edition CD/DVD which includes a bonus track, "Drop It" (a re-recording of a demo, "Drop It Dickhead"), as well as a bonus DVD, which includes a 40-minute documentary, The Making of Puzzle, as well as the videos for "Semi-Mental", "Saturday Superhouse" and "Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies".
- Fans who pre-ordered the iTunes download received a 10-minute video entitled Pieces, which contains footage of the band at their four night run at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, Scotland, in December 2005, as well as two exclusive bonus tracks:
- "Semi-Mental (Acoustic)"
- "As Dust Dances (Acoustic)"
These bonus features are as yet unavailable separately.
- Simon Neil – vocals, guitar, glockenspiel
- James Johnston – vocals, bass guitar
- Ben Johnston – vocals, drums
- Garth "GGGarth" Richardson – producer
- Andy Wallace – mixing
- Mike Fraser – engineer
- Howie Weinberg – mastering
- Graeme Revell – string and choir orchestrations
- Seattle Symphony Orchestra – violins, violas, cellos, choir
- Ben Kaplan – keyboard
- Mike Norman – keyboard, saxophone on "Now I'm Everyone"
- Dorothy Lawson – cello on "Machines"
- Ylber Sejdiu – Model on artwork
- Carolyn Roper – Body artist on artwork
Puzzle was released in various countries in 2007.
|Country||Release date||Record label||Format||Catalogue number|
|United Kingdom||4 June 2007||14th Floor||CD&DVD||825646989355|
|United Kingdom||4 June 2007||14th Floor||CD||825646997633|
|United States||18 September 2007||Roadrunner||CD||1686-179762|
|Japan||10 October 2007||Roadrunner||CD||RRCY-29146|
|Japan (re-release)||22 April 2009||Roadrunner||CD||RRCY-25106|
- Puzzle at AllMusic
- Sullivan, Caroline (8 June 2007). "CD: Biffy Clyro, Puzzle".
- "#1158, May 2007". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2007.
- NME.COM. "Biffy Clyro: Puzzle - NME.COM".
- June 2007, p. 96
- "404 // Page Not Found – Rocklouder".
- "Biffy Clyro – Puzzle – Reviews – Rock Sound Magazine".
- Jones, Alan (15 July 2016). "Official Charts Analysis: Biffy Clyro in at No. 1 with Ellipsis". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- Rock Sound magazine interview with Biffy Clyro
- Kerrang! magazine interview with Biffy Clyro
- ASCAP Entry