Heroes To Zeros - Beta Band

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Moon-eyed stoners looking for a 21st-century Pink Floyd should seek out the Beta Band. [7 May 2004, p.86]
  2. Yet another triumph for the Beta Band.
  3. 90
    A raging success. [#7, p.72]
  4. While the trippy Scottish foursome's third disc may make a few nods to reality when it incorporates boring things like, you know, choruses and verses, songs like "Assessment" and "Liquid Bird"--all electronic gurgles and off-the-wall vocals--still wave the freak flag.
  5. This is the sound of an emboldened, beefier Beta Band, certainly, the new songs sounding fuller, freer and more confident than ever before.
  6. Dropping the experimentation down a notch seems to have allowed a great batch of songs to shine through. [#7]
  7. We've rooted for them and been scantly rewarded, but at last they’ve done it - 'Heroes To Zeros’ is great and they know it.
  8. 80
    To dismiss Heroes to Zeroes as a mere exercise in rock homage underestimates The Beta Band's charm. [Apr 2004, p.102]
  9. 80
    Easily the best and most original album the Betas have ever made. [May 2004, p.84]
  10. It all feels so much more intentional than before, the mix of pop and experimentation they've long striven for. [May 2004, p.99]
  11. Heroes to Zeros, in spite of a few uneven tracks, makes the cut.
  12. Immediately alluring without sacrificing eclecticism.
  13. Heroes to Zeros may not wholly reconcile mainstream expectations with the Beta Band's desire for personalized expression, but it does come as close to aligning those twin poles as anything the band's recorded thus far.
  14. The Beta Band have added muscle to their rickety rock chassis without losing their past work's wood-fairy charm. [Aug 2004, p.106]
  15. There is very little experimentation on the album, at least in relation to previous albums, but there is also a wider spectrum of songs.
  16. It's difficult to get a handle on what the group is, but tough to deny that it's always doing its own thing.
  17. "Heroes to Zeros" is clearly the product of long hours of multitracking, with just enough song in each track to hang all the instrumental ideas on.
  18. The Beta Band's best moments often came when they worked in extremes-- minimal sampled beats followed by insane, multitracked chipmunk vocals and massive, reverb-soaked drum fills. Here, as with Hot Shots, the band attempts to split the difference, and in doing so, sacrifices the momentum that made their first two albums so thrilling.
  19. 67
    Beautifully arranged and produced yet feels like something on display behind milky glass. [Jul 2004, p.112]
  20. Several tracks are shapeless and patchy, and Mason's floating-in-space vocals sound cripplingly disengaged.
  21. The Beta Band have reached out into traditional rock dynamics with mixed results.
  22. Frustrating... We know that the Beta Band have one jaw-dropping album in them. 'Hot Shots' was nearly it, but certainly this is not.
  23. 50
    You want to praise them for their attempts to define a unique voice, but a unique voice isn't necessarily an interesting one. [#11, p.96]
  24. Taken as a group, Heroes to Zeros' slower songs are the musical equivalent of a month-long sinus infection: heavy on the repetition, sleepy detachment and sensory deprivation.
  25. 40
    A slightly disappointing attempt to hammer their quirks into a more commercial rock shape. [May 2004, p.99]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. DannyH
    Jan 11, 2005
    Truely excellent album, some of the best stuff they have put out
  2. Oddik,Norway
    Jun 29, 2004
    Without doubt, one of the best album so far this year. Hope to see you guys soon at a gig in Norway, Oslo.
  3. BenJ
    May 28, 2004
    Much like Hot Shots II, this album suffers from a pretty poor collection of easily forgettable tunes (except Assessment, which is actually Much like Hot Shots II, this album suffers from a pretty poor collection of easily forgettable tunes (except Assessment, which is actually quite interesting). Clearly The Lone Pigeon DID write all their best tunes! Full Review »