Slow Focus - Fuck Buttons
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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the London electronic duo of Andrew Hung and Benjamin Power was self-produced.
  • Record Label: ATP Recordings
  • Genre(s): Experimental, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Post-Rock
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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. 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.
  3. Jul 16, 2013
    80
    Slow Focus is a grisly journey into the unknown, but an exhilarating one--if you’re willing to take it.
  4. 80
    Slow Focus wears its time well and matches their grand sights.
  5. Aug 23, 2013
    80
    Beyond constructing music marked by a consummate sense of craftsmanship, Fuck Buttons continue to toy with notions of what an album should be, a natural progression for a band whose only defining quality is their refusal to settle on a definitive sound.
  6. Jul 23, 2013
    71
    They sound like anonymous technoids coming to grips with what it means to want the world in musical terms that will most certainly put their faces on the map. Better invest in some robot helmets.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  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, it can't be beat. Expand
  2. Aug 8, 2013
    8
    Electronic Duo Buttons on their third album create a seductive sound-scape. An electronic world to fall in love with, one that slowly reveals itself. With early songs “Brainfreeze” and “Year of the Dog” it teases you, draws you in with a rough but well built sound, an interesting sound. It’s that intrigue that makes you listen to the rest of the album. Much with their past work, the sound of the album is atmospheric and awesome. They create fields and oceans of sounds, and it just feels so grand with “Brainfreeze” feeling like it’s moving away from the Olympics, (which got them some recognition) and moving on into the future, it builds a sound of olympic scale.

    An important factor to the album is that it sounds like a Buttons record. There is some drone, there are swirling synths and strings, the tracks are long and propels you into the future. The final two tracks “Stalker” and “Hidden XS” are very grand and mysterious, with sounds that feel like they are from electronic eras of different futures, retro-futurism almost, it’s intriguing. The album can go from the dreamy and to the soothing to the distorted in the form of “The Red Wind”.

    Overall the album is a strong 7 track album, but I feel that some of the longer tracks, like the opener can drag on a bit too much, and I think that can be a problem with experimental music, it can occasionally tend to take it’s time to climax, but it’s usually worth the wait.
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  3. 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 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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  4. Jul 25, 2013
    7
    Really love how these guys are expanding their sound. Totally agree with MusiclyMade, about criticism about this band having only one trick but they have definitely risen above on this one. Expand
  5. Sep 10, 2013
    0
    Here is my review of the ATP,

    ATP have got to be one of the worst bands I’ve come across. Their new song Buttons” sounds like they left a
    microphone in the room of a tesla coil experiment. It makes me sick, as an avid music enthusiast that there are bands like this out there who are also in profit. I can’t believe these are touring to Australia, anyone that is senseless enough to buy a ticket to see them is a victim of a scam.

    It’s a good this that they aren’t not very well known. I would suggest that they quit while they are behind, before they fall further behind. I applaud them for trying to create something new, but at the same time, I despise ****ing bands that do this and then become self-proclaimed heroes afterwards.

    All in all, “All Tomorrow’s Parties” will leave all today’s listeners with a headache.
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