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Heroes to Zeros [Import]

The Beta Band Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars I would rate it 4.5 stars if I could July 15 2004
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Beta Band Lite June 1 2004
By alg99
Format:Audio CD
Heroes to Zeroes is mediocre--with a caveat. For most bands it would be a fine accomplishment. It's just that we have such high expectations for the guys who gave us The 3 EPs and the self-titled The Beta Band that we expect brilliant, amazing, mind-blowing . . . and this album is none of those things.
What it is is a handful of catchy pop tunes and a bunch of inoffensive filler. Much of the album is "pretty," even delicate, with memorable-enough melodies and carefully arranged vocal harmonies on songs such as Assessment, Wonderful and Simple--tracks that sound like the Beatles colliding with the Stone Roses (and I can hardly pay a higher compliment). You can also hear a lot of Radiohead in H to Z--another laudable influence. Unfortunately, the album doesn't sound like The Beta Band. Put another way--this is a highly derivative record.
And that's an odd career move considering The Beta Band already had a cool sound of its own. Missing from H to Z is the weird energy of the band's earlier work--the highly textured sampling, the complexity of instrumentation, the humor, the arrogance--in other words, the originality. There's nothing here to equal the deceptively simple, trance-like beauty of Inner Meet Me or the sloppy genius of Round the Bend and It's Not Too Beautiful. The band just doesn't seem to be taking any chances or want to risk making a fool out of itself, and it shows. Even H to Z's one- and two-word song titles suggest a newfound conservatism, a self-editing move that speaks volumes.
Call it maturity (or God forbid, sobriety) if you like, I'd prefer to think of it as a detour. Hopefully they'll get sick of this safe, almost radio-friendly stuff, this Beta Band-lite, and return to form next time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes May 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love it when a group I'm a fan of finally busts out and delivers a record that perfectly synthesizes everything I've liked about their music. This is the Beta Band doing just that. Their earlier records were great but sometimes seemed crammed with too many melodies, too many ideas. On "Zeros" the sound is more organized but no less satisfying -- somehow they combine the instrumental drift of space-rock AND pscyhedellic-tinged garage rock within a compact 3-5 minute track. Plus, it's got buttery vocals that would do Eric Woolfsen from the Alan Parsons Project proud.
"Wonderful" sounds downright "Meddle"-esque, a nice nod to "San Tropez" and "Seamus." "Out-Side" is the ultimate pounding, driving-home-from-work-on-a-Friday-afternoon tune. "Space Beatle" is the sound of a crush in the best and worst sense of the word. I'm not sure what "Rhododendron" is but I love it. And I never would've thought a power-ballad called "Liquid Bird" would be something I could take seriously; but I can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short of 3 EPs, but still great May 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
Frist things first: Stop expecting the Beta Band to put out another 3 EPs (the album that's not really an album but is still one of the best albums ever)!! It's not fair!! (I'm no nihilist, so I'm entitled to this opinion.)
Anyways ... I'm liking this album a lot. It has a more upbeat vibe than Hot Shots II and a more textured sound to my untrained ear (perhaps this is the dreaded "production" the indie music gods frown upon? Well then, whatever). Some highlights for me: "Space" will stick in your head and even affect your speech patterns, more or less. "Troubles" has a classic elliptical Beta Band melody that will lift you up, spin you around, and set you down gently again. "Wonderful" and "Pure For" are ideal gooey, mushy songs for me and my gooey, mushy girl to get gooey and mushy together to. A little more sincerely ... "Pure For" is one of the best album closers I've heard in a long time, with it's slow atmospheric build, driving base and beat, and catchy refrain. This album will be a staple on my summer road trips, hope you have the chance to enjoy it too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks inventiveness
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. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Noel Pratt
4.0 out of 5 stars More music
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. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by alexander laurence
5.0 out of 5 stars an instantly classic recordin that isn't instantly rewardin
......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... Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by K. M. RAWLINS
5.0 out of 5 stars They are heroes to me
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. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by Argyllsox
1.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Drawing Board
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... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by celticgypsy
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars for Heroes to Zeros!
The die hard fans out there are bound to cite the "3Ep's" and the "Self Titled" album as THE BEST Beta Band albums, and I would definitely agree. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by pacifikix
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year
Unlike many of the contributors here I had no preconceived notion of what The Beta Band should sound like. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by Lance S Davis
2.0 out of 5 stars Totally Mediocre
This album is simply a complete letdown.
It doesn't have any kind of lasting power that THREE EPS or BETA BAND or even HOT SHOTS II and KING BISCUIT TIME do. Read more
Published on June 1 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Really Disappointing
I think maybe the Beta Band is simply a spent force. This CD has so much filler and weak music that it is not worth the price. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Matthew E. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Copy protection prevents playing on many machines
This disk is NOT an Audio CD, but a disk with copy protection. It won't play on my car CD-player, and to play it on my computer requires that I use their player on the disk; it... Read more
Published on May 27 2004
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