Tender Buttons

  • Record Label: Warp
  • Release Date: Sep 20, 2005
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. For those who loved haha Sound, it may sound jarring at first, but ultimately, Broadcast's newfound edginess makes this rewarding new album their boldest to date.
  2. What you have with Tender Buttons is a Broadcast album that listeners might need to spend more time with than expected. That said, this is still a Broadcast album, meaning it's one of the better things you'll put in your ear this year.
  3. Uncut
    70
    Despite this record's twilight charms, the group may need to become more expansive if they want to head further out there. [Oct 2005, p.96]
  4. Q Magazine
    40
    You want to like Broadcast. But they don't make it easy. [Oct 2005, p.115]
  5. Mojo
    80
    Their best by a country mile. [Oct 2005, p.118]
  6. Under The Radar
    70
    The most challenging [album] yet for Broadcast, and the melodic bits hidden amongst the headspace traffic reward keen listeners on repeated spins. [#11, p.109]
  7. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    A bit of a winner. [17 Sep 2005, p.58]
  8. [Broadcast] have managed to find a halfway house between this always engaging but fussed-at sound and the resonant, muscular psychedelia of their spectacular live shows.
  9. Broadcast have produced arguably their finest moment.
  10. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    Overall, the depleted group's signal is weakened. [23 Sep 2005, p.90]
  11. Many tracks sound like they're simply missing a piece.
  12. It's so satisfying when a band is able to subtly re-invent its sound, as Keenan and Cargill have done here so well.
  13. Made of equal parts detached beauty and inspired disintegration, it is a transmission from another place -- no matter where you live.
  14. Filter
    68
    Though it may be too severe a downgrade for some, Tender Buttons is in fact a lovely ugly thing. [#17, p.96]
  15. Tender Buttons feels more urgent and alive than anything Broadcast has ever recorded.
  16. There are precious moments on here and hints that something truly magnificent could emerge in time, but first Broadcast need to work out exactly where they're going and why.
  17. They've lost two members... so perhaps that explains some of the more aggressive focus and minimalist arrangement, but not the surprise-around-every-corner freedom they find within their self-imposed stricture.
  18. Urb
    80
    It's always amazing to see a band eclipse their influences. [Oct 2005, p.77]
  19. The Birmingham band's finest hour yet.
  20. The resulting sound is tougher and more insistent, a succession of incessant rhythms layered with fuzziness and distortion.
  21. Hypnotic and dreamlike, the album presents a vision of pop music's future glimpsed through the lens of its past.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 6, 2011
    10
    To blend electronic and organic into a state of balance is a triumph that probably only Broadcast could achieve. In other words, TenderTo blend electronic and organic into a state of balance is a triumph that probably only Broadcast could achieve. In other words, Tender Buttons rocks. Less analogue, more jarring this time â Full Review »
  2. LarryP
    May 9, 2006
    9
    74 is way way too low. The album that will grow the most on you all year, my fav is the lovely "goodbye girls."
  3. meeshaf
    Jan 11, 2006
    9
    Broadcast does a lot with very little. Atmospheric music for the headphone set. Trish Keenan sings like a fallen angel. You won't be Broadcast does a lot with very little. Atmospheric music for the headphone set. Trish Keenan sings like a fallen angel. You won't be able to get it out of the CD player. Full Review »