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  • Audio CD (June 21, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: June 21, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Interscope
  • ASIN: B000001Y6G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of my favourites from the 90's, and definitely one of its best.
Mr. S. St Thomas
The whole thing comes across as very easily accessible to the untrained ear and reveals true brilliance to the musically-trained ear.
Andrew Tatusko
I was in high school at the time and was JUST getting into rock music.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Philosomedic on August 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There are two types of Helmet fans. Those who think "Betty" is the best work Helmet ever did, and those who think "Betty" is Helmet selling out and becomming too weak.

I fall into the former category. To me, Helmet was on the verge of greatness for a long time, they had their finger on the trigger for years. This is the album in which they finally pulled that trigger. All other Helmet albums sound like a dirty scramble, a ceaseless search for "it".

Betty is "it". The hardcore fans out there will tell you that Betty is too commercial, too pop, too weak, too radio friendly. Maybe this is true, but it depends on your definition of "too".

Considering that the only Helmet single I have ever heard on the radio or MTV isn't even on this album, I choose to disagree with the "hardcore base". Betty is Helmet at its best, it is when Helmet stops making noise and starts making music. this album was on the tip of their tounge for a long time.

If you can listen to the songs Vaccination and Tic and not like them than you are one of two things: Either you don't like metal music at all, in which case you aren't even reading this; or you are so devout to hating anything that might get radio play that you have blinded yourself. I used to be in both categories at one time, I now know good stuff when I hear it. This is good stuff. One of the best CD's ever produced.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mathew W. St Martin on January 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I really appreciate the past few reviews given for this album, these were from individuals who understand musical superiority above the common labels and attachments given by critics who take in music at face value. Page commented that he was putting the lab coat on for this album, and that's where this album becomes so honest. Experimentation in the music industry is the most dangerous thing for any artist to do, but at the same time produces the true desires of that artist; this is where the artist has the most fun and doesn't take the results into consideration. Betty is hands down Helmets worst selling album but easily there best. This is a musicians album... the nay-sayers are obviously not true musicians, they are simply disappointed metal-heads and head bangers. Helmet easily could have stuck with the formula for Meantime in an attempt to become more popular and mainstream but fortunatelly they had the presence of mind to enjoy their proffesion instead of abusing it.

Incubus's "Make Yourself", Metallica's "Load", Deftones "White Pony", Shiner's "The Egg", Pearl Jam's "No Code" and Primus's "Brown Album" all challenge these barriers and show what an artist, like them or not, should attempt at some time in there career... play for yourself and not your fans, at least once. Music is very personal to those producing it and unfortunatelly too many artists get negative labels for showing their true colors.

Betty is a brilliant album and it is my hope that even though the ties between Page, Stanier and Bogdan have broken that all three of them are still extemely proud of the outcome of this album regardless of it's sales. Helmet is probably the heaviest music in my catalog, but I own it because it is true music.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Tatusko on January 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In Helmet's earlier work one may have not recognized by the guitar riffs and relative simplicity that Page Hamilton earned a master's degree in jazz guitar. On Betty this virtuosity shines through with some of the most complex yet simple composition we may have ever heard in the punk/hardcore/metal genre. In fact we may even say that the distinction between the above mentioned genres have lost their relatively clear distinction from the early 80's due to bands like Helmet, Prong, and Fishbone among others. This places Helmet in a niche of music in the 90's that has carved out its own distinctiveness to the degree that other bands such as Korn, Staind, Incubus, Coal Chamber and others can only try to fill with limited interest and more of a fad-driven success. Thus, although Korn gets too much of the credit, they are hardly original.
The new found success of the L.A. metal scene can only find its roots in the breakthroughs of the late eitghties and early nineties post-punk scene of New York city. Helmet is a major player in the establishment of these roots. But what makes them so groundbreaking is the overlay of complex rhythms and complicated chord structures and progressions with the simple crunch of de-tuned riffs that drive the whole project. "Overrated," the opening of "I Know," and the closing of "Milqeutoast" are perfect examples of what I mean here, with the latter almost being reminiscient of something that Allan Holdsworth may have written. The whole thing comes across as very easily accessible to the untrained ear and reveals true brilliance to the musically-trained ear.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By zmax on October 26, 2004
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A departure from the sonic sizzle of Meantime, Betty in its own way freakin rocks! Whereas Meantime was a speeding freight train running off the edge of a very high cliff, Betty is more of a deliberate Sunday bullet train ride smack into a wall at 100mph. Very loud, heavy, and well put together, the songs here have plenty to get your blood boiling. I love Meantime and Betty each in their own way. Not to mention Aftertaste.

Rather than repeat superlatives that others have already said, I want to talk about a few other things. I saw Helmet twice in the 1993/94 timeframe. The first time I saw them was in Boston at the old Venus de Milo. I started up in the front by the stage and later traversed the pit back into the crowd. It was one of the best shows I ever went to and had the sweat to show for it. They were totally on and their sound killed! I plan to see them on tour for their new cd in Nov 2004.

In some reviews for their other CDs people have said they started a trend, often imitated but never duplicated, numerous bands who copied them but were crappy etc etc. Here's a little secret. There was one band who took the Helmet sound (as it seemed to me anyway but who knows) and made it their own and totally rocked. I'm talking of course about Snapcase and "Progression Through Unlearning". Sometime in 1996/97 several years between Helmet releases I heard this cd played in a record store. At first I thought wow its a new Helmet cd and its sound FANTASTIC! Then I found out it was Snapcase and immediately bought the cd. It was f*cking awesome! Helmet started with one sound in Meantime and then went in some other directions with Betty and Aftertaste. Snapcase took the Meantime sound and went into what I think is a pefectly logical continuation of that theme. Try it and see.
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