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Hot Shots II


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  • Audio CD (July 17 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005K9Z6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Squares
2. Al Sharp
3. Human Being
4. Gone
5. Dragon
6. Broke
7. Quiet
8. Alleged
9. Life
10. Eclipse
11. Won

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Format: Audio CD
I picked up Hot Shots II shortly after I got ahold of the Beta Band's new album Heroes to Zeros, even though I was already familiar with several of the tracks. As the follow-up up to their much-maligned (even by the band itself) first album, Hot Shots II was generally regarded as a more polished and deliberate effort than its predecessor. While the record is certainly better than most of the trash out there today, I would say that it suffers from two weaknesses in the end. The first is its uneven quality; Squares is perhaps my favorite Beta Band song, but Eclipse is either a satire I don't get or simply a silly song with bad lyrics. The final track, a cover of One is the Loneliest Number, also sounds pretty out of place and probably should have been left off the album entirely. Another potential weakness is the fact that the album seems to find its sonic range early on and sticks with it to the end. Upon first listen, many of the songs sound fairly similar to each other. After a couple more listens you begin to appreciate the depth and subtlety of the music, but the fact remains that most of the tracks are assembled from the same combination of relaxed vocals, looped melodies, and spacy electronic effects. Those looking for more spontaneity and variety may want to check out the Three EPs or Heroes to Zeros first. If you're in the mood for some laid-back music with a touch of electronic psychedelia, though, Hot Shots II is a sure bet.
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By Tiffany Davis on Nov. 24 2003
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled across the video for "Squares," and after I heard the song, I took a chance and bought the cd. Overall, the cd is nonetheless, great. It's the type of cd you want to relax to, very slow and melodic with a twist of electronic. What can I say, I love it. I also saw Beta band live in Detroit when they were promoting the cd and they put on a fantastic show which made the cd that much more better.
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By "beta_ep" on Nov. 13 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album could not have been any better. I have got to say that i love it completely. I even dig that groovy little bonus track at the end. This is Beta speaking, OVER AND OUT...
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By Chase Clark on July 1 2003
Format: Audio CD
Oh. Wow. OK. That's . . . Yeah. Oh, man. Give me a . . . Hang on. It's. Well, you . . . Wow. Yeah. Wow.
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By david baake on June 3 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Beta Band have put together another highly influencil album. But this time, the expiriments of the Monolith and the straight foward Dry the Rain have formed into a unique but more mainstream style. The funky trip-hoppy rythmes, combined with multi-tracked vocal antics and tender melodies, is what makes Hot Shots II such a great album. It is more listenable than the previous two albums, and it flows nicely. The lyrics are sometimes humbley serious, other times just goofy. Eclispe makes fun of great endings of other albums (DSOM?), while showing that the Beta Band doesn't take there work too seriously, fitting "the people with the answers won't tell the people with the question the answers" in one 4/4 measure. The final lyrics to the album are "The people with the answers lie--- so no pizza for them." Then to finish of the album the do a rap, Won. It's pretty cool, but out of place.
I would like to see the Beta Band concentrate on poetry and lyrics on the next album, because the music is flawless. But I kind of get the feeling they don't know what to sing about. There biggest contrabution to the music world will probably be influencing Radiohead, who will probably go down as being as good as the Beatles.
You need to buy this album to see where "Backdrifts" and "Punch Up at A weding" sound originaly came from. This is a great album! Buy It!!
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Format: Audio CD
Yeah. This album is tight. It has some awesome sounds and some really tight songs. It's a little darker than the 3 EP's, which is really nice, but the 3 EP's is ground-breaking. If not for the 3 EP's, I would give HOT SHOTS II 5 stars. But knowing what these guys have done before, HOT SHOTS II kind of leaves me wanting more. That's not to say this CD is not good. It's very good. Songs like Squares, Al Sharp, Broke, Eclipse...they are all tight. But it takes some time to get into them. Whereas the 3 EP's hit me as great right off the bat. If you are new to The Beta Band, get the 3 EP's first. Then get HOT SHOTS II.
And I hope that The Beta Band is in the studio recording another CD, because I can't wait to hear it. I haven't been this excited about a group in a long time. Their music kicks some serious [rear.] I usually only listen to classic rock (The Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin), but these guys have me hooked. Any music lover should hear The Beta Band. It will only enrich your life. These guys are great!
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Format: Audio CD
A brilliant album. People looking for something fresh yet acceptable could do much worse.
:Squares" and "Broke" are absolutely brilliant and solidly anchor this album. But you don't have to look hard to find other standout gems including "Human Being", "Al Sharp" (with the line 'power ranger robots in the sky') and "Alleged'. The rest of the album doesn't suffer. Won is my least favourite being largely a rap over a sample of "One is the loneliest number"
Overall, excellent and easily accessible whether you are already are a fan of the band or not.
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