Tender Buttons (album)

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Tender Buttons
A black-and-white picture of a woman. Handwritten black text to the left reads "Broadcast Tender Buttons"; "Tender" is written backwards. Partial repetition of the text is visible to the bottom left.
Studio album by Broadcast
Released19 September 2005 (2005-09-19)
Broadcast chronology
Haha Sound
Tender Buttons
The Future Crayon
Singles from Tender Buttons
  1. "America's Boy"
    Released: 15 August 2005

Tender Buttons is the third studio album by British indie electronic band Broadcast. It was released on 19 September 2005 by Warp. Upon its release, Tender Buttons received acclaim from critics but failed to place in international charts. "America's Boy", the lead and only single from the album, peaked at No. 139 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Mojo4/5 stars[6]
Stylus MagazineB+[10]
Uncut3/5 stars[11]

Upon its release, Tender Buttons received critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews and ratings from mainstream critics, the album received a score of 76, based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[2] AllMusic writer Heather Phares said that the album "strips [the band's] luminous electronic pop down to its barest essence" and "has a uniquely fresh, modern feel. Sparingly applied beats, intricate but subtle guitars, and hazy synths dominate the album, providing a restrained backdrop for Keenan's quietly commanding voice and crossword-puzzle lyrics." Phares awarded it 4 out of 5 stars.[3] The Guardian's David Peschek wrote in a four-out-of-five star review that "Broadcast's recent records have often seemed too cluttered with effects" but that on Tender Buttons the band "managed to find a halfway house between this always engaging but fussed-at sound and … resonant, muscular psychedelia".[5] In a positive review, Paul Woloszyn of musicOMH said that the album "takes you to another planet with a sonic soundscape lent from Stereolab, but developed to be distinctly Broadcast", and referred to the album as "arguably their finest moment".[12]

Writing for Stylus Magazine, Jeff Siegel said that "on its surface, [Tender Buttons] seems like such a simple little curlicue, all Mother Goose coos, descending-scale melodies, and no-wave screech over dinky drum-machine patters … no mucking around in different time signatures, no showy genre fusions, just a single idea … most acts would falter here, but Broadcast pull it off with an easy grace and breezy elegance". Siegel gave the album a B+ rating.[10] PopMatters reviewer Adrien Begrand wrote that "instead of finding a comfortable middle ground, there's more of a sense of tension to the proceedings, the vocal hooks lulling you, only to have electronic noise jolt you awake", further referring to Tender Buttons as "rewarding [and] their boldest album to date."[9] Pitchfork's David Raposa was more reserved in his praise, saying that the band "bring the melodies, but then dress their poptastic efforts with whatever ruckus they can conjure" and "there's no … stand-out track on this album (and there's certainly no 'oh wow' moments)" but concluding that "this is still a Broadcast album, meaning it's one of the better things you'll put in your ear this year."[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Trish Keenan and James Cargill.

1."I Found the F"2:21
2."Black Cat"3:58
3."Tender Buttons"2:51
4."America's Boy"3:34
5."Tears in the Typing Pool"2:12
7."Bit 35"1:49
8."Arc of a Journey"5:17
9."Michael A Grammar"3:56
10."Subject to the Ladder"3:13
11."Minus 3" (also known as "Evil Is Coming")0:47
12."Goodbye Girls"3:08
13."You and Me in Time"1:24
14."I Found the End"2:05
Total length:40:34


All personnel credits adapted from Tender Buttons' album notes.[14]

Design personnel


  1. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "1994–2010 / Darren B – David Byrne". Chart Log UK. zobbel.de. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Reviews for Tender Buttons by Broadcast". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Tender Buttons – Broadcast". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Broadcast: Tender Buttons". Entertainment Weekly: 90. 23 September 2005.
  5. ^ a b Peschek, David (16 September 2005). "Broadcast, Tender Buttons". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Broadcast: Tender Buttons". Mojo (143): 118. October 2005.
  7. ^ "Broadcast: Tender Buttons". NME: 58. 17 September 2005.
  8. ^ Raposa, David (18 September 2005). "Broadcast: Tender Buttons". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  9. ^ a b c Begrand, Adrien (20 October 2005). "Broadcast: Tender Buttons". PopMatters. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  10. ^ a b Siegel, Jeff (23 September 2005). "Broadcast – Tender Buttons – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Broadcast: Tender Buttons". Uncut (101): 96. October 2005.
  12. ^ Woloszyn, Paul (19 September 2005). "Broadcast – Tender Buttons | Album Reviews". musicOMH. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  13. ^ Tender Buttons (Album notes). Broadcast. Beat Records. 2005. BRC-134.
  14. ^ Tender Buttons (Album notes). Broadcast. Warp Records. 2005. WARPCD136.

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