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.