Heroes To Zeros - Beta Band
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  • Summary: 'Heroes' marks the third album for the ever-strange UK outfit, who self-produced the disc and handed it off to Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) for mixing.
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. "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.
  5. The Beta Band have added muscle to their rickety rock chassis without losing their past work's wood-fairy charm. [Aug 2004, p.106]
  6. 40
    A slightly disappointing attempt to hammer their quirks into a more commercial rock shape. [May 2004, p.99]

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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. JimH
    May 4, 2004
    Their best album so far? .... possibly
  3. AdamX
    May 10, 2004
    probably their most coherent and best album yet!
  4. BC
    May 3, 2004
    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. Expand
  5. JonnyR
    May 4, 2004
    Great stuff from the Betas - the album flows well from one song to next. By far, this is the most accessible Beta Band album.
  6. wackyman
    May 25, 2004
    by making a more accesible album actually they have made a non-conform album by beta band standards an ironic case of rebelry
  7. 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 quite interesting). Clearly The Lone Pigeon DID write all their best tunes! Expand

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