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Heroes To Zeros

26 April 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 26 April 2004
  • Release Date: 26 April 2004
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 EMI Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2004 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 42:11
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  • ASIN: B001J4232O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,778 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Man in uniform VINE VOICE on 6 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
The long-awaited follow up to 2001's 'Hot Shots II' kicks off in promising style with the single, 'Assessment.' As a statement of intent, they don't come any bolder than this; a swirling, driving beast of a tune, it seems to combine all the previous elements of the Beta boys' career. This makes it the obvious choice for a single, but it is by no means the standout track. All the songs on this album are imbued with something which shows why the Beta Band are such an essential part of the contemporary British music scene. Whilst I am unsure as to precisely what that 'something' is, it definitely contains an aura of originality that has often been copied, but which shall always lack the resonance of the genuine article.
'Space', the second track picks up gamely where 'Assessment' left off with swaggering bass/drum interaction that betrays the hip hop/dub influence the Beta Band have internalised and yet made entirely their own. 'Lion Thief', has been an early fan favourite, harking back to the Three EP's era with it's folk inflected intro before progressing to a groove centred piece utilising the same riff. This is also an excellent example of the way the whole album works, described by Beta Band frontman Steve Mason as like 'the Milky Way in a tea cup.' This is an album that initially feels densely layered, with whole new spaces opening up open repeated listening. However, if one really pays attention, it becomes apparent that the songs seem to wax and wane, building euphorically to a swell only to plunge the listener into a brief space where Steve Mason's voice is given full reign to pervade your entire being. This is no more obvious than in the sprawling funk of 'Easy', though Richard Greentree takes on vocal duty here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Man in uniform VINE VOICE on 23 April 2004
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The long-awaited follow up to 2001's 'Hot Shots II' kicks off in promisingstyle with the single, 'Assessment.' As a statement of intent, they don'tcome any bolder than this; a swirling, driving beast of a tune, it seemsto combine all the previous elements of the Beta boys' career. This makesit the obvious choice for a single, but it is by no means the standouttrack. All the songs on this album are imbued with something which showswhy the Beta Band are such an essential part of the contemporary Britishmusic scene. Whilst I am unsure as to precisely what that 'something' is,it definitely contains an aura of originality that has often been copied,but which shall always lack the resonance of the genuine article.
‘Space’, the second track picks up gamely where ‘Assessment’ left off withswaggering bass/drum interaction that betrays the hip hop/dub influencethe Beta Band have internalised and yet made entirely their own. ‘LionThief’, has been an early fan favourite, harking back to the Three EP’sera with it’s folk inflected intro before progressing to a groove centredpiece utilising the same riff. This is also an excellent example of theway the whole album works, described by Beta Band frontman Steve Mason aslike ‘the Milky Way in a tea cup.’ This is an album that initially feelsdensely layered, with whole new spaces opening up open repeated listening.However, if one really pays attention, it becomes apparent that the songsseem to wax and wane, building euphorically to a swell only to plunge thelistener into a brief space where Steve Mason’s voice is given full reignto pervade your entire being. This is no more obvious than in thesprawling funk of ‘Easy’, though Richard Greentree takes on vocal dutyhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Davies on 7 Feb. 2005
Format: Vinyl
I am absolutely convinced that The Beta Band are the new Pixies. If that's the case, this is their Trompe le Monde. A different style, last one they've ever done, and whilst it's an extremely good album, for them it's quite a poor achievement considering their past recordings.
Yet what you get is well worth your money, and pushes "conventional" music to its limits. This is the Beta Band after all. I don't know what their aim was in the making of this album, but they have managed to produce their most accessible collection of songs. Perhaps they were trying to win over a new audience, or go mainstream? Unfortanately, it failed, and we'll never get to see The Beta Band on TOTP.
But we will always have the songs. Several standout here, such as the U2 esque Assessment, the absolute classic Out-side, the inspired Space and the gentle interlude of Rhododendron.
Recommended as an album but not as a Beta Band album. Simply not as good as their others. But then, what is?
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Format: Audio CD
It really is tragic that such a talented band with such obvious commercial appeal never achieved the success they deserved (and yet so many generic rock bands of far lesser talent and creativity are reaping dividends merely as a result of the corporate promotional machine). No lesser luminaries than Radiohead and Oasis declared The Beta Band a major new talent, but by the time the tellingly titled `Heroes to Zeros' was released, this Edinburgh band probably knew that this would be their swansong. Soon afterwards their justified frustration led to their dissolution, with singer Stephen Mason going on to develop his excellent King Biscuit Time project. Perhaps their creative perfectionism was part of the problem-they are even renowned for criticising their debut album before its release. But then again they had pioneered an incredible pastiche sound that seamlessly merged influences as disparate as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Madchester, Grunge, Hip Hop and god knows what else. But rather than resulting in a clumsy hybridity, it worked to produce a sound that is that of The Beta Band and no one else. This album has it all- songwriting, composition, musicianship, production- every aspect a triumph. So why have I only just discovered The Beta Band? Well I guess then, that they need more people singing their praises, and even if they are defunct, ensuring they receive the accolades they are due. Can a hero be super without adulation? The comic characters on the cover of this album deserve it, so give it to them!
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