I had never heard of Beast before until one of the songs was offered as a free mp3. As soon as I listened to it I knew I had to have the entire album.
The raw vocals of Betty Bonifassi and the groovalicious sounds of Jean-Phi Goncalves are unlike any that I've heard before. And not only are the sounds moving but the lyrics are well worth paying attention to. There is also very effective use of backup vocals - specifically a choir on Mr. Hurricane (which is my favourite track from the album).
"If I can't make my eyes come back, I won't see where we went wrong...since you stole my arms and legs I've been rolling around on the floor..." - from Finger Prints, my second favourite on the album.
I find it very difficult to compare them to any other band out there. She has some of the raw qualities of Tina Turner and early Alanis, but so far beyond either of them.
Definitely preview Finger Prints and Mr. Hurricane, and if you like what you hear then get the whole thing. They also have a myspace page at: [...] if you want to check tour dates and listen to the rest of the tracks.