User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

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  1. JimH
    May 4, 2004
    10
    Their best album so far? .... possibly
  2. AdamX
    May 10, 2004
    10
    probably their most coherent and best album yet!
  3. Otter
    May 10, 2004
    6
    I thought this was inchoherent garbage. I was expecting more from Beta Band this time around. They mumbled too much and a lot of their tracks lacked a good hook.
  4. BenJ
    May 28, 2004
    4
    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!
  5. petef
    May 5, 2004
    8
    An enjoyable listen. But did they sell out? The album is a little more mainstreamed but not much. Funky tracks like Easy are a healthy reinvention.
  6. Oddik,Norway
    Jun 29, 2004
    9
    Without doubt, one of the best album so far this year. Hope to see you guys soon at a gig in Norway, Oslo.
  7. Jonah
    May 15, 2004
    9
    though it's more accessible, this album is their best because it is more cohesive than either the self-titled one or hot shots. its anthemic and reflective at the same time.
  8. JimothyB
    May 21, 2004
    9
    While not as incredible as HSII, Beta Band has still shaped another truly great album.
  9. wackyman
    May 25, 2004
    8
    by making a more accesible album actually they have made a non-conform album by beta band standards an ironic case of rebelry
  10. BC
    May 3, 2004
    9
    I love the Beta Band. They don't like to be called hippies, but ever since Hot Shots II they've gravitated towards a more...positive tone. The lyrics fill you with hope and the music and is always interesting and fun. I see the Beta Band as the 21st Centuries Beach Boys/Timbaland hybrid. Come along for the ride.
  11. JonnyR
    May 4, 2004
    9
    Great stuff from the Betas - the album flows well from one song to next. By far, this is the most accessible Beta Band album.
  12. DannyH
    Jan 11, 2005
    10
    Truely excellent album, some of the best stuff they have put out
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 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.
  2. It all feels so much more intentional than before, the mix of pop and experimentation they've long striven for. [May 2004, p.99]
  3. Moon-eyed stoners looking for a 21st-century Pink Floyd should seek out the Beta Band. [7 May 2004, p.86]