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Barely Legal

The Hives

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Album Review

The Hives launched the first salvo in their global assault on all that is lame in our culture with their debut album, 1997's Barely Legal, and there is little arguing that these guys had the right idea out of the gate. Emerging from Fagersta, Sweden (which, at least in 1997, was the rock equivalent of Absolutely Nowhere), the Hives set a high standard with their hot-wired fusion of garage rock tunes and punk rock speed and energy, and they hit the sweet spot just right, sounding tight enough to connect with unified force while still letting the frenzy of their forward momentum give the performances a bit of dizzy sway that indicates true rock & roll. If Barely Legal lacks an obvious "breakout hit" tune like "Main Offender" or "Hate to Say I Told You So," the rapid-fire assault of these songs is impressive indeed, and this disc plays like a brick of firecrackers that refuses to stop exploding until "Closed for the Season" crosses the finish line. And while the Hives rock like nobody's business here (especially the Siamese twin guitars of Vigilante Carlstroem and Nicholaus Arson), the real secret weapon is Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, whose cocky swagger actually communicates on tape, and is the perfect vehicle for his "We are cool, you are nothing" lyrical outlook. Veni Vidi Vicious was the album that let the world know who the Hives were and what they were all about, but Barely Legal let a clued-in few know about their monumental coolness three years ahead of the game, and for sheer rock action, it's as good as anything they've put to tape.

Customer Reviews

THE HIVES!

I got this album last night, and I think that it's much better than their newer albums. If you love The Hives, get this album!

The Hives Rock!

My Fav Band of all time! If you like The Hives older stuff you'll love there first album.

Best Punk Rock Hives Album.

Not the best of their 4 main albums, but is consistently good. every song you buy is worth every penny.

Well, Well, Well...9.5/10
A.K.A. I.D.I.O.T....10/10
Here We Go Again...9/10
I'm a Wicked One...8.5/10
Automatic Schmuck...9.5.10
King of Asskissing...9/10
Hail Hail Spit N' Drool...10/10
Blackjack...9.5/10
What's That Spell? Go to hell...10/10
Theme from...9.5/10
Uptempo Venemous Poison...10/10
Oh Lord! When? How?...10/10 Simply amazing.
The Stomp...10/10
Closed for the Season...10/10

BUY THE ALBUM...you won't be disappointed.

Biography

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,...
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