Slow Focus

Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
Critic Score
Based on 36 reviews
2013 Ratings: #100 / 955
User Score
Based on 194 ratings
2013 Ratings: #50
July 23, 2013 / Release Date
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ATP Recordings / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

This is not a happy album. And while not all listeners will find solace in its depressive tones, it is difficult to not appreciate its expansive sound palette and unflinching creativity. 

90
musicOMH

It unveils its magic over multiple listens, proving to be exemplary of the concept of delayed gratification.

90
PopMatters

Such is the triumph of Slow Focus: visceral but poised, mannered but emotionally lucid, seductive but astringent, cacophonous but, yes, focused, the album finds Hung and Power charting kaleidoscopic tableaux out of giddy contradictions with the confidence of dancefloor pros. 

90
Exclaim!

Drawing heavily from hip-hop and house, Slow Focus transports 52 minutes of sustainable synth through valleys of watery beats and crunchy rhythms.

88
Beats Per Minute

Though it’s hardly labyrinthine–these songs proceed in pretty much a linear fashion–Slow Focus immerses the listener in an aural landscape that offers so much to explore.

87
Pitchfork

Power and Hung have made either the year's most introverted party album or the most expansive loner's album; either way, there are few albums this year that offer this much space to get lost in.

85
The 405

The duo have put together a wonderful album on which they manage to take most of the electronic world to task.

83
A.V. Club

Slow Focus displays an act from a niche genre deftly handling the necessities and opportunities that come with sudden, rapid ascendance

80
DIY

There is crystalline beauty on offer here as well as thunking great passages of dirty, nasty noise and it is this rise and fall which makes it a) so compelling and b) best listened to in one go, all the way through, with no breaks.

80
AllMusic

With each album, Power and Hung have taken Fuck Buttons in many more directions post-Street Horrrsing than could have been imagined, and Slow Focus delivers some of their most masterful and seemingly effortless music yet.

80
Consequence of Sound

Fuck Buttons have always been pioneers to some extent, and it’s fitting that they’ve again done something insistently theirs.

80
Drowned in Sound

Slow Focus isn’t alienating, it’s other, and it’s a pleasure to take a wander around its unfamiliar landscapes.

80
NME

It is all-consuming and consistently impressive from the off

80
Spin

Slow Focus is Fuck Buttons' fullest realization of this Third Way yet, a masterful synthesis of seemingly incompatible elements into a full-on maelstrom of churning rhythms and power-drill drones.

80
The Fly

A fearsome, mind-bending collection.

80
FACT Magazine

The enduring quality of Fuck Buttons work lies in their finely tuned awareness of one another, which is what makes their third album Slow Focus a towering achievement.

80
No Ripcord

The build-ups are still as gargantuan and all-encompassing as they were before, but Slow Focus gives listeners much more of a reason to pay close attention to the big riffs and subtle details that pave the way for the journey rather than just setting sights for the climax at the end.

80
Resident Advisor

There are differences and points of progression—a more foreboding atmosphere, a broader palette of sounds and instrumentation—that prevent it from feeling like a retread. 

80
The Skinny
Though it’s cut from a similar cloth to its predecessor, the electro-noise duo’s third album is somewhat rougher in texture and darker in tone.
80
Time Out London
Something may have darkened their Olympic spirit, but that hasn’t stopped Fuck Buttons from making their best album yet.
80
FasterLouder

Following up the excellent Street Horrrsing and Tarot Sport was never going to be an easy task but Fuck Buttons have done it with utter aplomb and in doing so have delivered one of the year’s finest records.

80
Slant Magazine

Their most scattershot effort yet, Slow Focus is also their best, a commanding compendium of masterfully complex music that's bound only by a common pattern of roving restlessness.

71
Paste

It doesn’t feel like they’ve deepened or anything; if anything the duo continues to forge toward the middle.

65
Under The Radar

Slow Focus is exactly what you'd expect from a Fuck Buttons effort: it's brusque, overwhelming and complicated. But for a band so intent on pushing boundaries, this is a strange, almost faltering, sidestep.

60
The Line of Best Fit
This return, then, was obviously always going to be accompanied by heightened expectations. It’s just that these expectations, or at least those of this reviewer, don’t seem to have been met.
60
Rolling Stone
Still, the duo brings more art to blockbusters than most of rap and Hollywood.
40
Tiny Mix Tapes

Slow Focus leaves your mind numb from the excess.

thomasny18
80
We haven't gotten a Fuck Buttons album since 2013 and we probably never will.

Now that's sad ;(
JustinSlick
89
Did not think I'd be all that into this. Totally into this. Realllly questioning why I never gave Tarot Sport a fair chance.

This is one of the most compulsively listenable albums of the year for me, and I'll be real surprised if it doesn't end up in my top 10.
re
85
The Red Wing
EntryIncomplete
86
Even though Slow Focus rarely hits as hard as Tarot Sport does, it still hits hard as hell. I'd say it's front loaded, but Prince's Prize, and especially Hidden Xs gives the album an increadibly strong finish.
CheapandLethal
75
Decent
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Track List

  1. Brainfreeze 
  2. Year of the Dog
  3. The Red Wing
  4. Sentients
  5. Prince's Prize
  6. Stalker
  7. Hidden XS
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