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The Hives deliver team spirit: thick chords, unison sung choruses, collective yells, doo-wop backing vocals, punk energy and an irreverent sense of fun. The “woo-hoos” that stalk the southern backporch baptism fire of “Well All Right!,” the Ramones chords that steamroll “Tick Tick Boom,” the Iggy Pop swagger of “Hey Little World” and “Won’t Be Long” make this Swedish quintet a formidable ally in the struggle to keep raw, infectious garage rock alive in 2007. Sure, plenty of bands have the spirit, but The Hives possess an extra musical and conceptual thrust. Their black and white visuals perfectly complement their ‘no gray area’ music. It’s a simple up or down vote, yet they’re not afraid to stray from the manual and tap their experimental side. The album was recorded in Mississippi, Miami, London and Sweden and the results are just as sprawling. “A Stroll Through Hive Manor Corridors” is a lo-fi B-movie instrumental where the cheap organ sounds as if it’s being manhandled by an intruder wearing gloves, whereas “T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.” is their dance-floor collaboration with hip-hop producer Pharell Williams that sounds like a young punk’s homage to Chic through the ears of Devo.

Customer Reviews


One of the best albums of 2007 to date. Its a big shift from their last album, but keeps on reminding us of why we love those high energy HIVES.

So Cool!

Seriously these songs are so cool! The songs are really catchy and one of my favourite Hives CDs! I love T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S and they are just so forward in all of their songs. I don't know if I could listen to one of these songs without tapping my foot. Yet, this is not some little electronic voice sounding stuff like Britney Spears, and is totally real. A good buy!

Crazy Good!

This album is pretty fantastic! a definite departure from the last three albums but nonetheless great!


Formed: 1993 in Fagersta, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Eight years into their career, the Hives rose from garage rock stalwarts to one of the trendiest bands of the early 2000s, along with the Strokes and the White Stripes. Mixing arty contrivances such as a strict black-and-white dress code and the guidance of a (possibly imaginary) Svengali named Randy Fitzsimmons with Stooges-inspired rock, the Hives -- Nicholaus Arson, Chris Dangerous, Dr. Matt Destruction, Vigilante Carlstroem, and Howlin' Pelle Almqvist -- formed in 1993 in Fagersta, Sweden, while...
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