This is a collection of diverse material from Broadcast - B-sides from old EPs etc. But to me it sounds just as good as any normal album. And with 18 tracks it is a bargain.
"The Future Crayon" definitely has an experimental feel to it, with more meandering instrumentals than actual songs. But the songs are very good, drenched with the trippy film-noir sound that Broadcast originally cut their musical teeth on.
The instrumental tracks are sometimes a bit discordant, but have an ominous and hypnotic quality that wouldn't be out of place on the soundtrack of some surreal 60s movie. There's often an eery sci-fi quality that is reminiscent of the excellent "The Noise Made by People", but had become less obvious during the next two albums.
I probably like this album more than the preceeding one, "Tender Buttons", which was a bit pop-songy and conventional for my taste. "The Future Crayon" may not be the most immediately accessible of Broadcast's recordings, but no fan should be without it.
And everybody should be a fan of this wonderful and under-appreciated group, now sadly cut short by the tragic death of Trish Keenan, and no doubt destined for future cult status and immortality.