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Boys Outside

3 May 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 May 2010
  • Release Date: 3 May 2010
  • Label: Double Six Records
  • Copyright: 2010 Domino Recording Co Ltd
  • Total Length: 41:00
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  • ASIN: B003IP0LJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,867 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
Has there ever been a better or more calculated "musical intervention" than when John Cusack playing "Rob" in the film "Hi Fidelity" put on "Dry the Rain" from the Beta Bands transcendent folk album "the Three EPs" and the punters in his record shop lapped it up (it was lucky that Cusack didn't play Monolith!). Indeed at one point during the early part of this century it looked like the Beta's mix of musical alchemy and sheer dottiness would conquer the earth. If they could have only translated the critical praise they received into record sales they would have been superstars. Alas it was not to be but its great to see in 2010 the very welcome return of Steve Mason the original architect of the Beta Band on this excellent new LP "Boys outside".

Mason has gone through hard times and in 2006 he effectively disappeared leaving a message on a website stating simply "Peace to you all....It's been amazing but I've had enough. Over and out". He had once described the Beta's eponymous debut as a "crock of" of a certain substance to his label EMI's massive annoyance , had suffered from rolling dark depression and had relationship problems both in and out of the band. A recent interview with Dave Simpson in the Guardian sets all this out in detail but most importantly shows that Mason is turning around his life.

Thus "Boys Outside" sees him return in a much happier state of mind with a lovely album of hymnal electronic soul and that wonderful warm voice which now bears some comparisons to the rich tones of Elbow's Guy Garvey, combined with a quiet despairing quality witch always underpinned the best Beta Band sounds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. L. Hawes VINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2011
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Watching the Beta Band on stage for the last time at the Eden Project supporting Supergrass brought home the full tragedy of how a band so great were ultimately sold down the river by their record company who insisted on big sales from a cult band.

Steve re-appeared last year as King Biscuit Time, with a good, solid album with obvious leanings to the Beta Band, but this is a very big step forward in his career. It's left-field pop, with a nod to his former bands, but carves out a path all of his own with catchy pop tracks that hold this work together really well.

It's already been written that this is more cohesive than the Beta Band and that's true enough. Thankfully we also have the wonderful The Aliens to carry on that spirit. But for now, luxuriate in the warmth and wisdom if the marvellous Steve Mason who has in this record, made the best work of his career.

Do not let this pass you buy, it's just too good.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By From the Chaos Pad on 6 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
Anyone with a passing interest in music will know the Beta Band nearly collided with the times but were just out of reach.

Steve Mason might be happiest being in the distance but Boys Outside is an incredible companion. This is an amazing, highly personal
record that emits real emotion. Not the nebulous grasping at platitudes of overblown Coldpatrol gestures but real raw-knuckle hurt, grief
and redemption. Boys Outside is the kind of record Nick Drake would make if he'd lived through adulthood. It doesn't sound like Nick Drake it sounds like the best pieces of 3Eps filtered through wisdom, melody and deep musical space. 'Am I Just A Man In Love" "I Let Her In"
"All Come Down". All masterpieces of introspection filtered through Richard X's Screamadelica meets Dennis Wilson production.

For the last ten years lonely boys in jumpers have been trying to make out that singer-songwriting is detuning a guitar and showing your feminine side to field full of people being twee.

Ignore all that. This is bruised music that's lived a little and come back from the brink, and listening to it makes you feel like you've made a new friend.

This is a real 21st Century masterpiece for any music lover.

You know the real thing when you hear it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SfromL on 3 Jan. 2011
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I'll state the obvious and mention that I love the Beta Band as well as the offspring musical output from The Aliens. I've received this album for Christmas after sticking it on my 'wish list' and the album has been kept cosy and warm in my cars' stereo over the past few days.

It's a wonderful album, Steve's haunting voice permeates each of the warmly produced, mesmeric songs that deal with tragedy and heartbreak without ever sounding bitter or overly hard done by. I really regret not seeing him live last year especially as he played locally to me but if as it mentions on his website he does end up perfomrming live agian this year then I'll definitly attend a show. I'm already looking forward to new material from him.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TooManyRecords on 11 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
I was always a fan of the Beta Band, but never fealt like they strung together a whole album (3 EPs included in that) that I particularly wanted to listen to all the way through again and again.

That's not the case with this collection. When I first had a listen to the previews above I thought it sounded a bit cold, but when I heard the whole songs they revealed themselves to be warm, beautiful and catchy. Sad but gently uplifting.

I buy way too many albums but this really is a standout.

Go get this gorgeous record. It keeps getting better.
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