Hot Shots II

Hot Shots II is the second studio album by Scottish musical group The Beta Band, released on 16 July 2001. The band co-produced the album with Colin Emmanuel aka C-Swing, and was a considered a departure from the dense experimentation of their previous efforts, instead favouring a more stripped-back style influenced by R&B, hip hop and electronica.

Hot Shots II
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Studio album by
Released16 July 2001 (2001-07-16)
Genre
Length45:52
LabelRegal
Producer
The Beta Band chronology
The Beta Band
(1999)
Hot Shots II
(2001)
Heroes to Zeros
(2004)

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
The Guardian     [4]
Muzik4/5[5]
NME8/10[6]
Pitchfork8.6/10[7]
Q     [8]
Rolling Stone     [9]
Spin7/10[10]
Uncut8/10[11]

Pitchfork placed Hot Shots II at number 118 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[12] The album is also included in the 2010 edition of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[13] Kludge ranked it at number 1 on their list of top 10 albums of 2001.[14]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by The Beta Band, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Squares"
  • The Beta Band
  • David Mackay
  • Sylveer Van Holmen
  • Raymond Vincent
3:46
2."Al Sharp" 3:34
3."Human Being"
4:31
4."Gone" 3:41
5."Dragon"
  • The Beta Band
  • Egol L. Frauenberger
  • Carlos Diernhammer
4:56
6."Broke" 4:40
7."Quiet" 4:49
8."Alleged" 5:30
9."Life" 3:50
10."Eclipse" 6:37
Japanese / US edition bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Won"
5:57

ChartsEdit

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[15] 11
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 13
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[17] 1
US Billboard 200[18] 200
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[19] 14
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[20] 11

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Japan 7 July 2001 Toshiba EMI CD TOCP 65723
United Kingdom 16 July 2001 Regal Zonophone Records CD REG59CD
United States 17 July 2001 Astralwerks CD ASW 10446

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Reviews for Hot Shots II by Beta Band". Metacritic. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Hot Shots II – The Beta Band". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  3. ^ Browne, David (20 July 2001). "The Beta Band: Hot Shots II". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 11 October 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  4. ^ Costa, Maddy (13 July 2001). "Tales of the unexpected". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  5. ^ Bell, Duncan (August 2001). "The Beta Band: Hot Shots 2 (Regal)". Muzik (75): 73.
  6. ^ Pattison, Louis (14 July 2001). "Beta Band: Hot Shots II". NME. Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  7. ^ LeMay, Matt (30 June 2001). "The Beta Band: Hot Shots II". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  8. ^ "The Beta Band: Hot Shots II". Q (180): 97. Summer 2001.
  9. ^ Hendrickson, Matt (19 July 2001). "The Beta Band: Hot Shots II". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 12 May 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  10. ^ Ryan, Chris (August 2001). "The Beta Band: Hot Shots II". Spin. 17 (8): 129. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  11. ^ Pattison, Louis (February 2019). "The Beta Band: Hot Shots II". Uncut (261): 45.
  12. ^ Pitchfork staff (28 September 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200–151". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Perez, Arturo. "Top 10 Albums of 2001". Kludge. Archived from the original on July 22, 2004. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  17. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  18. ^ "The Beta Band Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  19. ^ "The Beta Band Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  20. ^ "The Beta Band Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 November 2017.

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