|1. The Beta Band Rap|
|2. It's Not Too Beautiful|
|3. Simple Boy|
|4. Round The Bend|
|5. Dance O'er The Border|
|7. Number 15|
|9. The Hard One|
|10. The Cow's Wrong|
When a record that starts with a freakish rendering of the '40s novelty tune "Mr. Sandman" collides into a loping rap that boasts of chicken, fish, and cold love in Scotland and then maneuvers into a rave-up worthy of Elvis, it normally would spell trouble. But the Beta Band actually manage to make this wacked-out pastiche work. The Scottish combo skillfully massage their tracks into thrilling sound collages that draw on electronica, country, prog rock, and psychedelia without ever going beyond the point of kitsch. The stoned beauty of "It's Not Too Beautiful" recalls the mesmerizing layered vocals of Pink Floyd, but tosses in a demented breakdown to throw any nostalgia seeker off the scent. The steel drums and reggae bass line of "No. 15" combine shamble with shuffle to give this slacker's recitation of "15 reasons not to spend my life with you" a lazy charm. The Beta Band extend a simple invitation with their woozy music: Get baked. --Lois Maffeo
Debut full length by U.K. alternative outfit who mix just about every style of music and end up sounding like no one else. Traces of Beck, Aphex Twin, Guided By Voices and many others can be heard in the 10 cuts. 1999 release.
Maybe it's not their masterpiece. It easily beats by far most of the junk out there some people have the nerve to call music. Read morePublished on May 26 2004
This is the weakest of the Beta Band's CD's. In fact, it's pretty lousy, I regret to say. When the BB come out with a Greatest Hits, it'll inlcude maybe two songs from this... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2003 by Matthew E. Taylor
Not quite as good as their other stuff, but still essential.Published on July 1 2003 by Chase Clark
After The 3 EP's this CD just kind of sits there like a stuffed dog. I think that The Beta Band peaked with the 3 EP's and this CD simply is. Read morePublished on March 2 2003
I love the beta band yet this album is quite disappointing. If you are trying to get into the band, then I would advise you to have a look at the first or third album. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002 by "drwoz3"
This is quite possibly one of the greatest albums of all time, but you must listen to it more that once. Read morePublished on March 28 2002 by M. C. Weakley
While The Three EPs is more relaxing, and Hot Shots II is more mind-expanding, the self-titled album is far more upbeat (and strange). Read morePublished on Dec 29 2001 by JLA
The Beta Band is THE example of alternative music. Simply impossible to categorize.
It is very artistic indeed. Read more
It's a good thing I bought the 3ep's album first, because if this one would have been my first BetaBand experience I would have never given them a 2nd chance. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2001 by Leebert71