Slow Focus

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Slow Focus
Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus.jpg
Studio album by
Released23 July 2013 (2013-07-23)
GenreProgressive electronica, neo-psychedelia, drone, post-rock
Length52:05
LabelATP Recordings
ProducerFuck Buttons
Fuck Buttons chronology
Tarot Sport
(2009)
Slow Focus
(2013)

Slow Focus is the third album by Fuck Buttons, released on 22 July 2013. It was the first album released by ATP Recordings to reach the top 40 of the UK Albums Chart.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.8/10[2]
Metacritic81/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
The A.V. ClubB+[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
The Independent4/5 stars[7]
NME8/10[8]
Pitchfork8.7/10[9]
Q4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[11]
Spin8/10[12]
Uncut8/10[13]

Upon its release, Slow Focus received critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews and ratings from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 81, based on 39 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim."[3]

AllMusic reviewer Heather Phares noted that Fuck Buttons' self production work was a measure of "how much they've come into their own" and that "Slow Focus delivers some of their most masterful and seemingly effortless music yet."[4] Mike Madden, writing for Consequence of Sound, described it as "a seven-track ride at turns gloopy and glassy, invigorating and dark," noting that "all told, this is pretty epic stuff."[14] Drowned in Sound critic Andrzej Lukowski observed that Slow Focus displayed "a strange, alien detachment" with an "undercurrent of menace," but stated that the album "isn’t alienating, it’s other, and it’s a pleasure to take a wander around its unfamiliar landscapes".[15] In his review for The Guardian where he commented that Slow Focus "seems slightly more commercial than its predecessor, although such things are obviously relative," Alexis Petridis concluded that "the only real response is to listen and gawp."[6] NME reviewer Noel Gardner opined that it was "all-consuming and consistently impressive from the off" and stated that the band "can be proud of what they continue to achieve."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Fuck Buttons.

No.TitleLength
1."Brainfreeze"8:33
2."Year of the Dog"4:38
3."The Red Wing"7:48
4."Sentients"6:24
5."Prince's Prize"4:22
6."Stalker"10:08
7."Hidden Xs"10:12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Britton, Luke Morgan (29 July 2013). "Fuck Buttons 'Slow Focus' becomes ATP Recordings' first Top 40 album | The Line Of Best Fit". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Slow Focus by Fuck Buttons reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for Slow Focus by Fuck Buttons". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Slow Focus – Fuck Buttons". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  5. ^ Kivel, Adam (23 July 2013). "Fuck Buttons: Slow Focus". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b Petridis, Alexis (18 July 2013). "Fuck Buttons: Slow Focus – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  7. ^ Price, Simon (20 July 2013). "Album: Fuck Buttons, Slow Focus (ATP Recordings)". The Independent. Archived from the original on 15 June 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  8. ^ a b Gardner, Noel (19 July 2013). "Fuck Buttons – 'Slow Focus'". NME. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  9. ^ Greene, Jayson (22 July 2013). "Fuck Buttons: Slow Focus". Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Fuck Buttons: Slow Focus". Q (325): 102. August 2013.
  11. ^ Powell, Mike (1 October 2013). "Slow Focus". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  12. ^ Sherburne, Philip (22 July 2013). "Fuck Buttons, 'Slow Focus' (ATP)". Spin. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Fuck Buttons: Slow Focus". Uncut (195): 71. August 2013.
  14. ^ Madden, Mike (22 July 2013). "Album Review: Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  15. ^ Lukowski, Andrzej (22 July 2013). "Album Review: Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 20 August 2013.