The Beta Band [Deluxe Edition]

The Beta Band [Deluxe Edition]

by The Beta BandThe Beta Band

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Just when it seems like rock music has become tame, hackneyed, and utterly predictable, along comes the Beta Band to shake up the very definition of the term. Composed of four barmy Scotsmen, the group splices, dices, and all but reinvents the genre; folk-rock melodies blend with tooting pennywhistles and clanging pots, classical snippets waltz with gurgling keyboards, and hip-hop beats coalesce with sprawling space rock. Comparisons to Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and Faust abound, but the Beta Band have really created their own monster. The opening cut, "The Beta Band Rap," best exemplifies the group's schizophrenic muse: The song opens with a whimsical vocal reminiscent of the '50s hit "Mr. Sandman," transmogrifies into an alterna-rap section that could be an outtake from Beck's ODELAY, then ultimately slides into a harmonica-enhanced, Elvis-influenced rockabilly rhythm. Sometimes the Beta Band get so caught up with being different that they overlook the need for melody. Or maybe they're just too stoned to shorten the experimental jams. Either way, they're a welcome alternative for those who embrace the bizarre.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2018
Label: Because Music
UPC: 5060525437052
catalogNumber: 5543705
Rank: 108542


  1. The Beta Band Rap
  2. It's Not Too Beautiful
  3. Simple Boy
  4. Round the Bend
  5. Dance O'er the Border
  6. Brokenupadingdong
  7. Number 15
  8. Smiling
  9. The Hard One
  10. The Cow's Wrong
  11. Happiness and Colour
  12. The Hut

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