Tender Buttons (2005) Pared down to just a pair, British psych-synth throwbacks Broadcast get minimal on Tender Buttons , their third album. Trish Keenan's vocals are as dreamy… 2005-09-20 Broadcast Electronic
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Tender Buttons (2005)

Details Release Date: Sep 20, 2005; Lead Performance: Broadcast; Genre: Electronic

Pared down to just a pair, British psych-synth throwbacks Broadcast get minimal on Tender Buttons, their third album. Trish Keenan's vocals are as dreamy as ever, but her band's past dense instrumentation is scaled back — live drums are replaced by sputtering mechanized beats, while most songs sound as if they're based on tinny '80s Nintendo noises. The new approach clicks on tracks like the call-girl ode ''Goodbye Girls,'' but overall, the depleted group's signal is weakened.

Originally posted Sep 16, 2005 Published in issue #841 Sep 23, 2005 Order article reprints