Slow Focus - Fuck Buttons
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. 91
    It is by no means comfortable, but it results in an album that is experienced rather than simply listened to.
  2. 90
    Slow Focus is a tremendously gifted album; one that remarks on what electronic music is still capable of, while knowingly realizing that the sky’s the limit.
  3. Jul 26, 2013
    90
    Slow Focus is the album Fuck Buttons were born to make.
  4. Jul 23, 2013
    90
    Visceral but poised, mannered but emotionally lucid, seductive but astringent, cacophonous but, yes, focused, the album finds Hung and Power charting kaleidoscopic tableaux out of giddy contradictions with the confidence of dancefloor pros.
  5. Jul 22, 2013
    90
    Slow Focus was solely produced by Fuck Buttons; a decision that shows how confident, individualistic and fearless this duo have become in a short time.
  6. Jul 19, 2013
    90
    Slow Focus is unmistakably Fuck Buttons, the logical continuation of the music produced by a duo who never strive to do something expected.
  7. Jul 17, 2013
    90
    Their less-than-radio friendly name will likely keep them just outside of the mainstream, but what they've accomplished on this monolith of an LP is going to be impossible to ignore during this last half of 2013.
  8. Though it’s hardly labyrinthine--these songs proceed in pretty much a linear fashion–Slow Focus immerses the listener in an aural landscape that offers so much to explore.
  9. Jul 22, 2013
    87
    Power and Hung have made either the year's most introverted party album or the most expansive loner's album; either way, there are few albums this year that offer this much space to get lost in.
  10. Jul 23, 2013
    83
    Sophomore release Tarot Sport provided the giant leap to get to this point, but Slow Focus displays an act from a niche genre deftly handling the necessities and opportunities that come with sudden, rapid ascendance.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 34 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 »