Boomkat Product Review:
In our opinion Broadcast's masterpiece, easily one of the finest albums ever released by Warp, and generally one of the most quietly important and perfectly formed albums of the last two decades.
At the point where Broadcast could have easily self-combusted after the departure of half its members, the remaining duo of Trish Keenan and James Cargill instead went on to write their most stripped down and unusual album. The palette was shocking at the time; reducing their rich, cinematic tapestries to a bare-boned arrangement of drum machine, guitar and synth - far removed from the widescreen wonders they were known for. It’s a conceit that should have seen them fall flat - it’s been tried a million times - but instead the reduction allowed the songs themselves to shine. And boy what songs they are; once heard - never forgotten.
Alongside The Other People Place's Lifestyles Of The Laptop Cafe, Tender Buttons surely stands as one of the greatest and most overlooked records in Warp’s arsenal, and for so many of us here personally - a genuine lifechanger.