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Lex Hives

June 5, 2012 | Format: MP3

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My introduction to Swedish Garage Rockers The Hives was on their raw boisterous rocker "Hate To Say I Told You So" and I was sold. Their new CD opens with "Come On", a rocker comprising of little more than the lead vocalist Pelle Almqvist shouting "Come On" repeatedly which leaves you wanting more as it is rather brief. Prepare for blistering guitar riffs, frenetic beats and shouty vocals, example lead-off single "Go Right Ahead" (which lifts the hook from ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down"), the retro sounding "Wait A Minute", the Dance/Rock "Take Back The Toys", or the frenetic pair of "These Spectacles Reveal The Nostalgics" and "If I Had A Cent".

The band attempt to introduce some diversity to their sound. "I Want More" finds the band in spoken/sung mode against a groovy mid tempo handclap-laced backdrop and buzzing guitars - my favourite. The organ-sprinkled ballad "Without The Money" has a Bluesy feel, the pounding "My Time Is Coming" has a dark dramatic feel, while closing the collection is the pulsing "Midnight Shifter". Hard rocking fun!
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LEX HIVES is the first proper studio album by The Hives since 2007's THE BLACK AND WHITE ALBUM. Their previous album found the band experimenting with new sounds to varying degrees of success. Since that time, the band has put together a tight, loud, and rocking album. Like previous Hives albums, LEX HIVES feels like it was culled from another decade; while this album does find the band in a few newer areas, the band still wears its influences like a badge of honor. The result sounds familiar, but not quite unoriginal.

The album announces itself with the opener "Come On!" and quickly moves into leading single "Go Right Ahead." Most the tracks last less than the 3-minute mark, so the attitude never wears out its welcome. At their very best, The Hives make propulsive, engaging, undeniable rock-n-roll; this album has much of that to offer. The problem with LEX HIVES is that the territory just feels too familiar. Too often does the band find itself repeating the same tempos and dynamics with the same stomping sneer on its face. The high points on the album (for me) come when the band changes up their songwriting formula. Songs like "I Want More," "Patrolling Day," and "Without the Money" really stand out; the dynamics are different without removing what makes the band great. The sagging last track "Midnight Shifter" proves to be a bit of a misstep for an otherwise engaging LEX HIVES.

Fans of the Hives will absolutely love this album. Anyone who enjoys the Rollings Stones earlier tunes, Iggy and the Stooges, or Highlight tracks to sample: "Go Right Ahead," "I Want More," and "Take Back the Toys" will give you a good idea what to expect from this album. Overall, it's a good return to the slick, concise rock-n-roll that the band was known for -- definitely worth your time.
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Where a lot of current popular music is feeding into this boring lo-fi, slow, depressive introversion, The Hives are a wrecking ball that has come to smash my walls and set me free. Where so many bands have me quietly listening, waiting for the show to end, The Hives have me dancing. It's not my favorite Hives album, but it's my favorite album I've heard lately. It's great to know by the completion of the first 1 minute and 8 second song to know I'm going to enjoy the whole album. All I want to do when I listen to this is memorize the lyrics, go to the next Hives show, sing along and jump around all night.

The album's fun. It's a lot of fun. All The Hives have ever asked is for their fans to have fun. So don't listen to the dull writers employed at Pitchfork Magazine, and don't listen to me either. Listen to Lex Hives.
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At 46, I am a bit of a classic rock fan. It isn't that I hate new music, it is simply that there are so few artists that I feel safe purchasing the entire album. So often, there is one really catchy song, and a LOT of dreadful filler. While I can't put these guys on the same footing as The Clash, they do have a similar energy. I will now be delving into this band's back catalog. Start to finish, this album has fantastic energy.
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By lvh1 on July 24, 2012
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The Hives have been honing their craft since the beginning and this is the fruit of their labor. Nice,tight punk pop rock songs. High energy, as always, with more emphasis on rock,in my opinion, than previous releases. Similar to how they put a heavy pop touch on The Black and White album. They are simply awesome and the fact that there are only a handful of reviews of this release is dissapointing. The Hives are a treasure and any fan has to be impressed with their path and growth from the beginning. Few really, truly take a fresh approach each time and come out with what the fan wants. The Hives are that band. Melting punk, pop and rock seamlessly is not as easy as it would seem. Nevermind a review of each song, they are all good.
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When the Swedish quintet The Hives broke out in 2001, their career has been marred by a series of failures. When "Hate To Say I Told You So" became a huge hit for the band, their label London Records was shuttered by its parent company Warner Music Group. In 2004, they moved to Interscope Records for their next album "Tyrannosaurus Hives" and the album went largely unnoticed. A few years later, they moved to Interscope subsidiary Octone Records- also the home of pop rock band Maroon 5. They tried experimenting with new sounds and worked with producers as diverse as The Neptunes, Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse) and Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., Weezer). "The Black And White Album" was critically lauded, but like their previous Interscope album it was not a success. So they decided to take matters in their own hands on a number of levels.

After a five year hiatus, they are back with a new album "Lex Hives". It's the first album on their own imprint Disques Hives and the first album they produced on their own. They start the album off with the ultra-brief and fairly repetitive "Come On" which leads into "Go Right Ahead", in which they lift the riff of Electric Light Orchestra's "Don't Let Me Down". on "1000 Anwers", they make a humorous attempt at selling the concept of finding happiness. On "I Want More", they take their love of greed up a notch by having a desire to want more material things despite already having enough. They try to tune out a miserable and talkative person on "Wait A Minute" and critique the wealthy on "Without The Money". They chastise the baby boomers who complain about today's generation on the fast rocker "These Spectacles Reveal The Nostalgics". On "If I Had A Cent", they take someone to task over their disrespectful ways and close the album with the ode to graveyard shift workers "Midnight Shifter". Overall, "Lex Hives" is a return to form for the quirky band and shows that not even setbacks and disappointments can tame them or their sound.
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