Key songs: "Michael A Grammar," "Corporeal," "Black Cat"
Broadcast started out as a full band in the late ‘90s, but by the time they made Tender Buttons, the group had shrunk down to the duo of singer Trish Keenan and multi-instrumentalist James Cargill. Cargill and Keenan embraced this turn of events by embracing minimalism and recording an album of eerie, skeletal electronic pop. There’s an odd, woozy feeling throughout the record — Keenan’s voice has a cool, lulling affect, and the keyboards often evoke the ambient hum of office buildings and fluorescent lights. This was Keenan’s final proper album with the band, as she died from complications of swine flu in 2011. This bit of depressing information only makes the record feel more melancholy and haunting today.