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Broadcast are now stripped down to a duo, consisting of multi-instrumentalist James Cargill and singer Trish Keenan. Musically Tender Buttons reflects this change, with their new songs constructed around Cargill's sparse, grittily textured electronica. The resulting sound is tougher and more insistent, a succession of incessant rhythms layered with fuzziness and distortion. On top of this foundation, the band's (or duo's) shimmering, retro-futurist aura is retained, but it appears less playful, more or less purged of its antiquarian quirks. It is Keenan's voice, however, that anchors the sound, tethering the experimental textures and spare grooves to an offbeat pop aesthetic. Sometimes the results are barely songs at all — the title track is a series of musical scales accompanied by murmured alliteration — but tautness and economy of sound hold them together. With an understated warmth to her crystalline voice, Keenan is neither an ice-cool chanteuse nor a confessional torch-singer, but rather an elliptical mixture of both, a semi-detached narrator infused with a pervasive, if low-key, melodicism. There's a very English kind of melancholia being tapped into intermittently, where angst is replaced by wistfulness, as on "Tears in the Typing Pool" and "Black Cat." Contrastingly, "America's Boy" is a jaunty socio-political commentary, but from a viewpoint that is an ironic critique of cultural stereotypes. The more playful "Michael" is an unresolved meander through hiccuping electronica, somehow slight but at the same time persistent. This is all very non-rock, but then nor is it overtly commercial or pop-oriented, despite a certain melodic lightness of touch. In a sense it occupies a vaguely defined space of its own, which is probably both a blessing and a curse.


by Tom Ridge




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