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Posted by: Dave on November 19, 2007 at 9:00 am

HivesBWAlbumNote: This is The Hives fourth studio album, and it’s the first time they’ve hired big-name producers. Hip Hop uber-beatsmith Pharrell Williams produced two tracks, as did Garrett “Jackknife” Lee (known for his work with U2, Snow Patrol and Editors). Dennis Herring (a long-time veteran who’s worked with artists like Modest Mouse, Sparklehorse, Throwing Muses, Cracker and many more) produced most of the rest of the tracks.
Sound: Classic Hives (primitive riffs, hard-driving rhythms, howling vocals and sing-along chants and choruses), but bigger-sounding and more diverse. Instead of catering to the garage and tiny clubs, they’re aiming for big theaters and arenas (even more so than they did on their last album Tyrannosaurus Hives). And they mix in a litlle disco, glam and new wave into their raw, classic punk.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “You Dress Up for Armageddon”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Tick Tick Boom”; “You Got It All…Wrong”; “Well All Right!”; “Try It Again”; “Bigger Hole to Fill”
Recommended: The Hives’ lyrics and music are always simplistic and occasionally dumb. Plus, their efforts to broaden their sound mostly derail the albums momentum – though they’re ambition is commendable. Regardless, the Swedish fivesome bring energy, attitude and fun better than most of the bands this decade. The Black and White Album doesn’t have the standout tracks of Tyrannosaurus Hives, but it’s sure to bring a smile to your face and have you shouting along in no time.
Grade: B+

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2 Responses to “The Hives The Black And White Album (Interscope)”

  1. ryan Says:

    i love this band one of my favorites next to my chemical romance and afi but i hear it so much on cartoon network but like other than that they rock

  2. Dave Says:

    AFI and My Chemical Romance are certainly two of the very best rockers this decade, but The Hives aren’t too far behind. They’re tons of fun.

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