By Will Hermes
July 16, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Beta Band

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Updating the yokel surrealism of the Bonzo Dog Band and the Incredible String Band with samplers and modern DJ tomfoolery, these U.K. cloud-heads focus the kaleidoscopes of their early EPs here. ”Round the Bend” shuffles orchestral bites, steel pans, and Ringo Starr-style drum stumbling; elsewhere you get dub, electro-funk, psychedelic folk, and shamelessly bad rapping. Yet ultimately, on a record that grows stranger and stronger with each listen, The Beta Band sound like no one except themselves. A-

The Beta Band

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