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"Dry the Rain" was the only song on the 3EPs with pop potential, but anyone buying that CD was pleasantly surprised at the diverse, driving melodies and rainy Scotland day lyrics. But, that one song kept coming up.
With Hot Shots II, the Betas have gotten past High Fidelity, John Cusack, and Dry the Rain. Oh, and they've also gotten past that inconvenient other CD that happened two years ago. New millenium, new Betas. Hot Shots II is probably the best CD of the year, period, and it is still, incredibly, being overlooked. Every song is an original. All the tracks, starting with "Squares", are incredibly catchy, well-produced, and interesting from start to finish.
And, here's a news flash- these guys can PLAY their instruments. While it would be impossible to generate all of these sounds without a lot of overdubbing and sampling, all the guitar, bass, keyboards, and most of the drums is all Human Being-produced. Anyone who's been to a live show can attest to this.
Specific songs do stand out. "Dragon", a dark song about strange people (I think fellow musicians) is haunting, with an amazing synth bass riff. "Human Being" could be the highlight of the record, the Beta Band's equivalent to "A Day in the Life." The banter between Betas on "Eclipse" between the people with the answers and the people with the questions adds a funny, light atmosphere to the record.Read more ›
This is one of those albums that takes me a couple of weeks to get all the way through...The reason? Because as soon as the first song has finished, I absolutely must hear it again...and again...and again....
Eventually, I make it to the second song....and the whole process starts again...but after listening to the second song ten times...well, i have to go back and listen to the first song again....
So, after 3 days, I've only managed to get through the first 4 songs....but every minute has been aural bliss to me...
The beautiful hypnotic melodies are layered onto super-cool trippy beats in a way that makes me think I'm listening to what the Beatles would be creating if they had lasted till 2001....
Others may disagree, but i'd say this is one of the essential recordings of 2001, so far....
But I was always hopeful that the Beta Band could produce a brilliant album, and indeed they have. Hot Shots II is truly an excellent exploration of sounds and original song structures. As soon as I heard 'squares', I just laid back on my coach and thought: Yeps, this is the real deal.
And Hot Shots II just keeps getting better. Whether it's chilling mixture of synthesized and garage-ish drum beats (Human Being, Dragon), or some nice, unexpected emotions (Gone, Life), The Beta Band can't seem to go wrong.
Hot Shots II is the ultimate chill-out album, yet it is too brilliant to be dismissed as background music.
Good job fellaz..
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Fantastic, The more I listened the more I got hooked. So many great songs. I love Radiohead and Beck so this is my kind of music. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Robert Peters
FLASH! I woke up in a meat freezer. Its the year 2014, what in the good crap happened? The last thing I remember was that it was 2001, Julyish, and I was just getting down with... Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by wally gator
I heard a few songs from this about 6 or 7 years ago, but finally bought it recently and it's such an underrated album.
Great songs! Great album.. great band.
If you mix some mellow Radio Head bits, a dash of Portis Head, a dollop of Pink Floyd and sprinkle liberally with spacy loops, vinyl noise and dub-atmosphere, voila, you have Hot... Read morePublished on December 14, 2005 by Chet Fakir
Ignore the cheeky title which both plays on the band's frustrated potential and pays homage to a so-so Zucker-Abrams comedy. Read morePublished on January 22, 2005 by Clare Quilty
I stumbled across the video for "Squares," and after I heard the song, I took a chance and bought the cd. Overall, the cd is nonetheless, great. Read morePublished on November 24, 2003 by Tiffany Davis
This album could not have been any better. I have got to say that i love it completely. I even dig that groovy little bonus track at the end. This is Beta speaking, OVER AND OUT...Published on November 12, 2003
Oh. Wow. OK. That's . . . Yeah. Oh, man. Give me a . . . Hang on. It's. Well, you . . . Wow. Yeah. Wow.Published on July 1, 2003 by Chase Clark
The Beta Band have put together another highly influencil album. But this time, the expiriments of the Monolith and the straight foward Dry the Rain have formed into a unique but... Read morePublished on June 3, 2003 by david baake