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Heroes to Zeros Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Regal
  • ASIN: B0001LYGXU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

1. Assessment
2. Space
3. Lion Thief
4. Easy
5. Wonderful
6. Troubles
7. Out-Side
8. Space Beatle
9. Rhododendron
10. Liquid Bird
11. Simple
12. Pure For

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By Noel Pratt on July 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a band that may be losing it rapidly, which is OK cuz at least they made one great record. It wasn't this one: I don't get the very favorable respose to this album. To be fair, I haven't yet heard HOT SHOTS II, but will soon, because if there's a declension from THE THREE EPs to this latest, then HS2 probably has some good stuff -- and has to be better than the self-titled release. In other words, I thought HEROES TO ZEROS was going to be the answer to BETA BAND. Not. Just less frenetic and more streamlined, yet deperately trying to cling to their incredibly fresh early sound. That distinction got lost in the mix of the self-titled, and now it's trying to resurface through smooth but somehow muddy production along with boring melodies. Thank god the CD ended just now in my ears... Not a good sign. Maybe I'll come back to it; meanwhile, on to HOT SHOTS.
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Format: Audio CD
The Beta Band seems to attract a lot of mixed reviews. I first discovered them with the song Squares on the Six Feet Under soundtrack and have since purchased The Three EPs, Hot Shots II, and this new album. While The Three EPs seems to receive the most praise, I would have to say that I personally enjoy Heroes to Zeros the most. The Three EPs was a very spontaneous and experimental record; some of the songs, like Dry the Rain, She's the One, and Dr. Baker, struck me immediately, while others were interesting but ultimately left me cold. Hot Shots II was a much more relaxed album with a heavily electronic sound. Squares was easily the best song off the record, which was ultimately marred by the fact that too many of the songs had a similar beat and feel to them. Heroes to Zeros seems to represent a compromise between these two poles. While more coherent and focused than The Three EPs, it is also much more energetic and varied than Hot Shots II. The result is what may be The Beta Band's most mature disc. From the controlled chaos of Out-Side and Liquid Bird to lilting ballads like Wonderful and Pure For, there's so much going on sonically in Heroes to Zeros that it rewards close and frequent listenings. Anyone remotely interested in this sort of spaced-out, trippy music should definitely check this out.
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By alexander laurence on July 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Beta Band made a splash in the late 1990s with their EPs. These recordings were mentioned in the film High Fidelity. For a while The Beta Band was the cool name to drop. They were eclectic and an evolution of all indie music at the time. Their first album marked the height of the band. They replaced Stereolab and Air as this cool band that everyone wanted to check out. Then Hot Shots II came out and left us scratching our collective heads. While we were debating what happened here, the guitar rock movement and other bands like Simian took off. The Beta Band has returned to their roots on this new album. They have relied on the dynamics of their live show as an inspiration. The results are less electronic and folksier. In other words, they are more like Gomez and Super Furry Animals on this one. It may not be the break through album but it is still pretty damn good.
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Format: Audio CD
......This BB album, H to Z, is the chill-out record.....
Well, what I know is that I am extremely satisfied with the simple notification that this is unique-er than if they were to re-do their past successes. I know I am at least half-right. The Beta-Band Chill-Out album has arrived at what is their 3rd album (iffen you don't count their album of EPs). Like the Super Furry Animals (and maybe even this band's and that band's well-known influential favorite from Hawthorne, CA), you have to respect the venture taken into new ground. And you know what? The Beta Band succeeds! This album grows on your ears like a layered cheese mold on a three-bean nacho platter. When the music builds and your head is about to explode, the brakes are applied and a keyboard synth noise blanket is rolling along as Steve Mason's uniquely beautiful voice fills the room. I have a feeling I'll be playing this intermittently for eons.
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By Argyllsox on June 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit, that I foind out about this band from that John Cusack movie, yes you all know it. I fell in love at first listen. Wow they had such a distinctive sound and Stephens voice is just perfect for thier music. Well that was back with the famous 3 EPs. Through the years the boys have released some good music.
Now we find ourselves holding "heroes to zeroes" in hand. From the opening chords of the U@-ish " Assesment", you know you are in good hands again. Heroes to zereo is bulit on melody, catchy pop hooks and ofcourse the perfect balance of that straight-ahead and ahead-of-the-curve sound we have come to love. They set amazing curves through out this CD, taking you places you'd never think the songs would go, surprises around every corner.
another winner.
standout tracks:
assesment
lion thief
wonderful
easy
simple
outside
liquid bird (might be worth the purchase alone)
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Format: Audio CD
I really wanted to like this CD...After hearing Assessment blasted over the speakers at BestBuy- I bought this blind based on that song alone-bad choice...In all fairness, the band really tries to layer sounds and explore different landscapes, but it comes off sounding disheveled and not as pulled together as Assessment which had a great vibe of classic rock and almost Hendrix sounding guitar... I just couldn't get into it beyond that. I normally love UK based groups, but I'd sooner recommend checking out Longview's Mercury before trying this. Sorry Beta fans :( just my opinion.
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