Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Oct 1, 2013
    60
    Fuck Buttons’ third album--a synthesis of noise, hip-hop, drone and shoegaze--is basically avant-garde weightlifting music, forgoing heart and brains in hopes that brute force alone will elevate it to heaven. Occasionally, it does.
  2. Aug 1, 2013
    60
    Unfortunately, it often veers dangerously close to a corny dystopian sci-fi movie soundtrack, which becomes a little less cute with each listen.
  3. Jul 25, 2013
    60
    The symphonies Fuck Buttons make remain as miasmic as ever: odd and unusual to hear for the first minute or so, before fully entrancing the listener. Beguiling stuff.
  4. 60
    Here, finally, is some of the ebb and flow, some of the emotion that’s been lacking on the album up to this point. What a shame that it comes so close to Slow Focus’ end.
  5. Jul 22, 2013
    60
    Variations within repetition is what distinguishes the best drone music, and Slow Focus soundtracks some unnamed disaster with time-lapse photography for the ears.
  6. Jul 12, 2013
    60
    Slow Focus isn't without merit but you yearn for more. [Aug 2013, p.91]
  7. Jul 25, 2013
    40
    Fuck Buttons have created an aural ibuprofen, an auditory Novocaine.
  8. Jul 24, 2013
    40
    Songs like "Brainfreeze" and "The Red Wing" plod more than march, piling on so many competing keyboard layers that the melody blots itself out. Others seem oddly unfinished. Only the two closing ten minute tracks evoke the classic Fuck Buttons widescreen neon pomp. [Jul 2013, p.56]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jul 30, 2013
    9
    Slow Focus is a dense album for newcomers to the group, however for people looking for a challenging but ultimately satisfying electro album,Slow Focus is a dense album for newcomers to the group, however for people looking for a challenging but ultimately satisfying electro album, it can't be beat. Full Review »
  2. Jul 24, 2013
    8
    One big factor of the success of this album is that Buttons are now beginning to experiment with how they can build their compositions intoOne big factor of the success of this album is that Buttons are now beginning to experiment with how they can build their compositions into the monsters they become by removing drum patterns for certain segments and removing synth progressions for lengths of time to improve their already brilliant control of dynamics. They were always criticised for having that one trick of building and building, no matter how effective that trick was, but it seems that they've either listened to that criticism and taken it on board or woken up to the problem themselves.

    Prince's Prize is perhaps the only disappointing track on the entire album; it wouldn't feel part of any Buttons release that I can remember because of how unusually clean and (yep) amateur the introduction sounds. But that's only one poor moment on another solid release from the both of them. Tarot Sport was near impossible to follow up, and even though Slow Focus perhaps doesn't quite capture the galactic wonder their previous two had in abundance because of its slightly smaller sound, it's more than enough to see them around the top of a few year-end lists.
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  3. Nov 12, 2014
    8
    It's a challenging listen for anyone who doesn't have the attention span for continuous, drone-y noises with no major structural changes—as ifIt's a challenging listen for anyone who doesn't have the attention span for continuous, drone-y noises with no major structural changes—as if their band name didn't departure them enough from the mainstream demographic that considers anything instrumental "boring". But for anybody who has followed F*** Buttons from the beginning, Slow Focus is an unpredictable journey into the musicianship of a duo that never hasn't sounded so unexpectedly theirs'. It's an excellent experience for music listeners who don't just appreciate ambient/experimental electronica, but how endless the boundaries are of music that sounds so simple on the surface to begin with. Full Review »