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  • Summary: Half the band has departed (replaced by a drum machine), but Broadcast's third LP still features the vocals of Trish Keenan and James Cargill's retro-electronic sound.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
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  1. It's so satisfying when a band is able to subtly re-invent its sound, as Keenan and Cargill have done here so well.
  2. 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.
  3. 80
    Their best by a country mile. [Oct 2005, p.118]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Hypnotic and dreamlike, the album presents a vision of pop music's future glimpsed through the lens of its past.
  7. You want to like Broadcast. But they don't make it easy. [Oct 2005, p.115]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  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 Expand
  2. MarcusB
    Dec 17, 2005
    9
    Easily Their Best Work By A Country Mile! Live It Rocked Hard!
  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. Expand
  4. 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."
  5. Manny
    Sep 23, 2005
    8
    I've played the album through about four times now and I have to say that it's another classic Broadcast album. The melodies in I've played the album through about four times now and I have to say that it's another classic Broadcast album. The melodies in some of the songs have never been more wistful. Favorite album tracks beyond the three that had been leaked to the internet and had become my favorites (America's Boy, Goodbye Girls, & I Found the F) are: Tears in the Typing Pool (with the loveliest vocals from Trish yet!) and Michael (with its incessant beat and repeating of the title name, which reminds me of all the boys named Michael I know!) This is just the most perfect thing to listen to during the Fall. New comers to the band may not find it as great as I do, but loyal fans will find another ace album from this singular band. Expand
  6. danb.
    Dec 25, 2005
    8
    really good album. if you liked their older stuff, you ought to like this. if you haven't heard them, this is as good as the rest to check out.