Future Crayon - Broadcast
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  • Summary: This B-sides and rarities complilation contains 18 previously-released (although not always easy-to-find) tracks.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 90
    The fuzzy grooves on the record stand out as sicker and more focused than anything the United States of America or Morricone ever splattered onto a canvas. [#21, p.93]
  2. 80
    Reveals a side to Broadcast rarely heard: that of a band who are relaxed, at play and in places almost carefree. [Sep 2006, p.76]
  3. While the proper order from some of the previous releases is interrupted to make this new album work, having one-off bonus tracks like "DDL" (from the first All Tomorrow’s Parties compilation) and rare 7" B-side "Test Area" from the Echo’s Answer single in one place is an esteemed reward. [Summer 2006]
  4. Here's the first full-length Broadcast product that pulls back the veil and lets us hear big stretches of what it's like when they're trying sounds out, getting abstract, being well and truly difficult.
  5. 70
    Like flicking through '60s AM radio's intermittent channels. [Sep 2006, p.138]
  6. The Future Crayon... succeeds in being just as captivating as the band's proper albums -- or perhaps even more so.
  7. Better to eschew the album altogether (it’s not at all cohesive, if that criterion means anything to you) and purchase the few essential tracks if possible: “Illumination”, “Still Feels Like Tears” and “Poem of a Dead Song” all of which evoke the band’s best moments.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dan
    Aug 26, 2006
    Is it wrong to name a B-sides and rarities compilation as my favorite album by a band? Well, whether good or bad, The Future Crayon is my favorite Broadcast album. The group retains their standard static-y noise and pretty voice dualism, but this time the production has more polish to it. Surprisingly, I think the cleaner sound lends itself well to the band Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2011
    The Future Crayon is the second compilation album by Broadcast which entered the music market one year after the unbelievable Tender Buttons. It gathers various tracks and b-sides previously released on EPs and singles. Many bands would sacrifice their drummers for some of those songs for almost none of them feel like a work of poorer quality. While there are no standouts like You Can Fall, Hawk or Black Cat, The Future Crayon is a very coherent and enjoyable listen. Most of the tracks are instrumental and they witness bandâ Expand