Hot Shots II - Beta Band
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  • Summary: The second full-length (not including a collection of EPs) from Britain's heralded Beta Band is just as eclectic as the band's first outing, combining pop and indie rock with touches of hip hop and electronica. The ten new tracks are highlighted by the singles "Squares" and "Broke." (And if the immodest album title reminds you of the Stone Roses' 'Second Coming,' don't worry--the comparisons end there.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. It's not quite as immediate as, say, the Champion Versions EP, but 10 plays bear out the truth: this is the best Beta Band record yet, which means you should waste no time getting your hands on it.
  2. The quartet has cooled its eclectic babbling, and "Hot Shots II" whirrs and purrs like a gleeming silver sports car.
  3. The group shows that their goofy sides can peacefully coexist with their harmonious, pop-song writing ones.
  4. Its most fully realized set to date.
  5. This maturing band is getting closer to a fully realized vision.
  6. One of the most distinctive and satisfying records you'll hear all summer.
  7. It's good stuff, to be sure -- but if Hot Shots II excites you at all, it's probably time to lay off the pot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. NickR
    Mar 25, 2005
    Their best album. Not a dull moment and full of ideas. Like all the best music, it sounds unique and not something you hear everyday. This has to be in my all time top 5. Truly magnificent. Expand
  2. FerranV.
    Aug 26, 2002
  3. JonahH.
    Oct 23, 2001
    An album that flows from beginning to end, with exception of bonus track "Won". Perfect for driving at 3am. Celestial head bops.
  4. DannyH
    Jan 11, 2005
    Hella awesome
  5. brody
    Dec 18, 2002
    this album gets a 9 for one reason only. the bonus track, won, while it's a pretty decent song/rap experiment in its own right, totally ruins what would have been the perfect closing of the record, "eclipse". other than the bonus track, simply amazing from start to finish. Expand
  6. AceKabob
    Jan 30, 2005
    I bought this disc after hearing "Squares", "Human Being", and "Quiet" on's High Fidelity channel. Outstanding disc - even better than I expected. Expand
  7. Mark
    Feb 17, 2004
    Not a patch on their earlier stuff. This record is dull, not mature, when compared to The Three EP's and the self-titled debut. Here's hoping that their new album will be more exciting. Expand

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