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Five years after The Black and White Album, which found the group collaborating with Pharrell Williams, The Hives are back at full force, playing their trashy garage-punk rock with their usual abandon. "Come On" is 68 seconds of the group yelling "Come on"! Such cheekiness is The Hives' calling card. They buzz with energy through the new wave groove of "Wait a Minute" and the Joan "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" Jett power chords of "I Want More". "Take Back the Toys" adds a strutting step that evokes memories of The New York Dolls while cruising into the future with a vocal track that's grittily altered by production effects. Several tunes blast past in less than two minutes, with "These Spectacles Reveal the Nostalgics" recalling the wistful feel of classic '60s girl-group pop. "My Time Is Coming" starts with a creepy vocal and keyboard before slashing the night. There isn't a false step here, just plenty of high-energy rock 'n' roll. The deluxe edition features two additional tracks: the pounding "High School Shuffle" and the manic "Insane".

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Brilliant Fun

A punky, attitude drenched orgasm of fast drums, sparkly clean guitars and snarly vocals. An incredibly fun album to listen too, which doesn't indulge itself and gets straight to the point. Many will probably think Lex Hives is very one sided, and it is, but you know what you're getting, and what you're getting is well written, fantastically played, punk/garage rock. It's a meat and potatoes album, and I like my meat and potatoes. Definitely a must own. Best tracks: ALL OF THEM ARE GOOD, and that's not something I say very often

On form

The hives are really on form in this album. Awesome.

Best album of the 21st century!

There's not much I can say about this album other than that it's PERFECT!!!


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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