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Tarot Sport

Fuck Buttons

Tarot Sport

Techno, drone, shoegaze and much else besides on the second album from the UK experimental duo that made an enormous impact in 2009

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  1. 10.0 |   The Times

    In making an album that simultaneously sounds like the end of the world and the beginning of a new one, Fuck Buttons have eased ahead of their influences into a league of their own.
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  2. 10.0 |   The Quietus

    The best record anyone will make for a very, very long time.
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  3. 10.0 |   Rave Magazine

    In short, this album is dance music like you’ve never heard before: guttural, noisy, futuristic, mind-blowingly brilliant
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This record is the best work-out I’ve had in months and I feel filled with light every time I listen to it. I’m not a religious man but I could easily evangalise for Fuck Buttons. Their light pours out of me
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  5. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    ...theirs is a sound perfectly attuned to our times, that encapsulates the world turmoil, the future's uncertainty – and its new possibility
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  6. 9.0 |   Pitchfork

    Tarot Sport marks a comprehensive stylistic shift for Fuck Buttons-- from experimental noise to a sort of modernized electronic take on classic post-rock structures-- but also represents a subtler, more mature approach to songwriting and a sharpening of their craft
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  7. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Such are the music's joyous highs, subtle thrills and rich and deep layers, they can undoubtedly be judged one of the most worthwhile and special bands currently at large.
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  8. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Achieves its acceleration by taking the ostensibly cheesy uplift of a bygone era of dance (one their producer was present and correct for) and rendering it in exotic shades of contemporary noise.
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  9. 8.5 |   BBC

    A noise band with tunes might sound like a contradiction in terms, but Fuck Buttons have carved out a sound that owes more to personal inspiration that tradition, and here it works like a dream
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  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    This music creates the Sagrada Família of sonic cathedrals: beautiful, organic and prone to sprout weird and wonderful tentacles of sound.
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  11. 8.0 |   Observer Music Monthly

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  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    Fuck Buttons’ fizzling DIY laboratory still has the invention and ingenuity to surprise.
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  14. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    ...weird, dark, psychedelic, unlike any techno you may have heard before, but also deliriously enjoyable
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  15. 8.0 |   Q

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  16. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    For about an hour, if you can allow Fuck Buttons to control your responses, to embrace the clusterfuck of noise and emotion, then Tarot Sport might be one of the strongest albums of this year
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  18. 8.0 |   The List

    Layers and layers are added, galloping beats explode into life and the seven tracks build gradually in momentum to a really quite swoonsome climax
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  19. 8.0 |   Blurt

    This follow-up is no disappointment, as their beast rises and walks
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  20. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    All in all, it’s a confusing recording. Where they once might have been tempted to deliver melodic obviousness without the requisite textural innovations to make it interesting, Fuck Buttons have now become a more revised and soon-to-be revered prospect
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  21. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    The album definitely has its moments, and the first half is very engaging, but they lose it in the long run. Ultimately, Tarot Sport feels too much like a clone to be considered anywhere near as good as its predecessor
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  22. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    Like its predecessor, Tarot Sport is an act of patience that pays back the time you actively spend with it
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