Ladies and gentlemen, THE HIVES return with The Black and White Album!
Recording around the world (Sweden, Memphis, Miami, London) with a mind-blowing cast of producers (Dennis Herring, Pharrel Williams, Jacknife Lee) THE HIVES are set to release the definitive, kick-your-ass, funky, fun, and of course, rock n rollin' record of your life!
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It's about time some authority finally declared the Hives the greatest live band in the world. And The Black and White Album
, their third U.S. full-length, as a jaw-dropping facsimile of a band leaping and lurching live, three feet from your face. Big backing vocals, propulsive rhythms, and twin-guitar thickness, will have you convinced the Swedish quintet is playing live inside your head. Yes, the trope of "Tick Tick Boom"--Black and White
's first single--has come up in rock before (P.O.D., Saliva). But the Hives do the exploding "Boom" thing leaner, Pelle Almquist leading massed-vocal choruses and bright, fist-raised guitars--meshing upstart garage punk and sheer pop style. Black and White
spills infectiously catchy singles, with the sing-song, stomping chorus of "Try it Again" ("up and down and round again/You get up, you get down, and you try it again") and maracas, and counter-riffing guitars creating a fab dance-floor vibe with the boom-boom-slap of the drums a perfect backdrop. Then there are the other 12 tunes here, a couple electro-tinged and the rest making a persistent case for these Swedes to be burned on your brain. --Andrew Bartlett