Heroes to Zeros

Heroes to Zeros is the third and final studio album by The Beta Band, released in 2004. It was produced by The Beta Band and mixed by Nigel Godrich.

Heroes to Zeros
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Studio album by
Released26 April 2004 (UK)
4 May 2004 (US)
12 May 2004 (Japan)
RecordedSeptember 2002 - November 2003
Rockfield Studios
GenreElectronic, rock
Length42:18
LabelRegal REG101 (UK)
Astralwerks ASW 78005 (US)
Toshiba-EMI TOCP 66278
ProducerThe Beta Band
The Beta Band chronology
Hot Shots II
(2001)
Heroes to Zeros
(2004)
The Best of The Beta Band
(2005)

The cover illustration was created by comic book writer and artist Kaare Andrews. The Beta Band logo for the album was created by comic book artist Dave McCaig, later to be reused on The Best of the Beta Band.

The song "Liquid Bird" features a sample of "Painted Bird" by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
The Guardian     [4]
The Independent     [5]
Mojo     [6]
Paste     [7]
Pitchfork6.9/10[8]
Q     [9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [10]
SpinB−[11]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Steve Mason, John Maclean, Richard Greentree, and Robin Jones.

  1. "Assessment" – 4:34
  2. "Space" – 4:00
  3. "Lion Thief" – 3:27
  4. "Easy" – 2:32
  5. "Wonderful" – 4:39
  6. "Troubles" – 2:34
  7. "Out-Side" – 4:06
  8. "Space Beatle" – 3:40
  9. "Rhododendron" – 1:36
  10. "Liquid Bird" – 3:23
  11. "Simple" – 3:47
  12. "Pure For" – 3:55

Additional musiciansEdit

  • "Assessment" brass section
  • "Simple" and "Troubles" strings section

SinglesEdit

"Assessment"Edit

UKEdit

  • released 12 April 2004
CD 1 REG102CD: "Assessment" / "Shrek"
CD 2 REG102CDS: "Assessment" / "Shrek" / "Assessment" (C Swing's bootleg mix) / "Assessment" (video)
12" CHEMST21: "Assessment" / "Shrek" / "Assessment" (C Swing's bootleg mix)

USEdit

  • released 18 May 2004
CD ASW 49063: "Assessment" / "Shrek" / "Assessment" (C Swing's bootleg mix) / "Assessment" (video)
12" ASW 48755: "Assessment" / "Shrek" / "Assessment" (C Swing's bootleg mix)

"Out-Side"Edit

UKEdit

  • released 12 July 2004
CD 1 REG110CD: "Out-Side" (radio edit) / "Out-Side" (Roman Nose remix)
CD 2 REG110CDS: "Out-Side" (radio edit) / "Out-Side" (Roman Nose remix) / "Out-Side" (Depth Charge remix) / "Out-Side" (video)
12" REG110: "Out-Side" (radio edit) / "Out-Side" (Roman Nose remix)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Reviews for Heroes to Zeros by Beta Band". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Heroes to Zeros – The Beta Band". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  3. ^ Endelman, Michael (7 May 2004). "Heroes to Zeros". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 14 April 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  4. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (23 April 2004). "The Beta Band, Heroes to Zeros". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  5. ^ Price, Simon (25 April 2004). "The Beta Band: Heroes to Zeros (Regal)". The Independent.
  6. ^ "The Beta Band: Heroes to Zeros". Mojo (125): 102. April 2004.
  7. ^ Bartlett, Thomas (June–July 2004). "The Beta Band – Heroes to Zeros". Paste (10). Archived from the original on 8 January 2005. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  8. ^ LeMay, Matt (6 May 2004). "The Beta Band: Heroes to Zeros". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  9. ^ "The Beta Band: Hot Shots II". Q (214): 99. May 2004.
  10. ^ Randall, Mac (2004). "The Beta Band". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 67. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  11. ^ Beaujon, Andrew (July 2004). "The Beta Band: Heroes to Zeros / Lone Pigeon: Schoozzzmmii". Spin. 20 (7): 112. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  12. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.