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Black And White Album

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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
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M/Octone
  • ASIN: B000WCBMA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I rarely give something brand new a 5-star rating, only because I tend to think that an item has to stand the quality test of time before I can comfortably say, "I love it!", but The Hives have quite simply secured my vote with their musical attitude.

I first saw the Hives on one of those sinful MTV shows (movie awards? music awards? is there a difference?) and one of the corporate trend-analysts-cum-vee-jay was talking about the rise of the 'The' bands, and the next feature (after commercial) was to be a classic 'Battle of the Bands,' featuring The Hives and The Vines.

As soon as the commercial break was over, and the so-called Battle began, it became quite clear who were MTV's boys. The Vines played in the center of the ungodly large stage, and The Hives were set up in the furthest corner of stage right. The 5 Hives were crammed together and of course played a tight rendition of "Hate to Say I Told You So" through an equalizer set-up that was probably done by the lowest intern on the food chain, while the 3 Vines strutted about in their MTV mansion and the singer did everything he could to make sure we thought that he didn't want to be there. Of course, the cramped quarters worked wonders for The Hives, for a band that stands close together plays close together, while The Vines were trying too hard to not look like corporate lapdogs.

Immediately, I knew that The Hives had something special going on, a purist energy that was both serious and playful, self-effacing and lacking the quality of giving a hoot about it, while The Vines were going to have a short career that would spiral into pretension and tediousness.
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Hi friends.
Above average Hives fan, keep that in mind.

It's 2007, folks. People are downloading singles or buying albums designed to be full albums. The Hives know this and give (as always) the biggest bang for the buck: fourteen songs priced for EVERYONE to afford, which sound BEST all together, and in chronological order.

You have got the classic Hives songs for the familiar: Tick Tick Boom, Try It Again, You Got It All... Wrong, Hey Little World, Won't Be Long, Return the Favour, Square One Here I Come, Bigger Hole to Fill. Great, fast, upbeat songs. Lots of places to sing along by the time you get to the second chorus, they are THAT catchy. Guitars sound great, some wonderful piano accompanying songs, bass is deep and prominent.

The amount of excellent classic Hives songs on this album meets or exceeds the number of standout tracks on their other great CD's, so right off the bat, this CD is very satisfying. I've asked other Hives-loving friends of mine how they feel for the album, and while we all have different favorite songs from the classic sounding tracks, we dig them all.

But here's where it becomes an album, the songs in between: Well All Right! (zoot suit big band sound), A Stroll Though Hive Manor Corridors (a droning instrumental organ song that makes Won't Be Long TEN times cooler when listened back to back), T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S. (turns into the most self-absorbed cheesy AND FUN disco song, right up there with their superiority complex), Giddy Up! (a lusty DEVO-like disco track), You Dress Up For Armageddon (fun, swinging rocker) and Puppet On a String (slow, droning piano track).

These fun, experimental new tracks, when listened to in proper CD track order, make the album so much more fun.
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My sister is a big fan so I bought this for her as a gift. She still keeps it on her car and listens to it frequently. After riding around with her singing and this blaring on the speakers I've become something of a fan myself. It still sounds great - no scratches.
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Vinyl quality: nice production, good clean sound.

Album quality: As per usual with The Hives, the good stuff is VERY good. It's catchy, chesty, and has a great, jangly, screw-you attitude. The bad stuff is irritating, poorly performed, slapped together, and obviously filler that might as well have been "inspired" by chemical ingestion.

Buy it for the "good stuff" and enjoy at a loud volume on your vintage Hi-Fi.
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if you love hey little world you love kick ass world and its protagonists this cd has a great sound and great songs for all the alternatives that love the indie music and want hate the system i recommand this cd to all the fans that love hives and other similar bands buy it is very cool sound
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(4.5 *'s) Nothing has rejuvenated the airwaves like The Hives' "Hate to Say I Told You So." Crescendo and angst about who-knows-what? Gets the answer: Who cares? 'The Black and White Album' finds the fabulous five Swedes with none of the trappings of success. What makes this album a worthy successor to the remarkably fast-forward 'Veni, Vidi, Vicious'* is the variety. Add to this the fact they've yet to take themselves too seriously, and, '...Black and White...,' while not as groundbreaking, draws on an expertise that prevents any formula. As an ABBA aficionado, The Hives covers more Swedish territory. From slick and sweet to awesomely wild, The Hives do Scandinavia proud!

Highlights only Please! Okay, I'll try.

1.) "Tick Tick Boom" is incredibly propulsive. Almost matches "Hate to Say I Told You So." Found on recent soundtracks, including 'Jumper'. Hollywood `Get(s) Smart'.

2.) "You Got It All Wrong," "Hey Little World," and "Return the Favor" are expansive. Great trajectory, yet they manage to mix it up better than The Ramones did.

3.) The whole idea is fun, so "Well All Right!" "You Dress up for Armageddon," and "Square One, Here I Come" fill the bill. "Puppet on a String" reinvents the wheel nicely.

4.) "Big Bang Theory"? "Try It Again," "Won't Be Long," and "Bigger Hole to Fill" are harder rockin' evidence.

5.) "Variety is the spice of life." "T.H.E. H.I.V.E.S." showcase a Mick Jagger-like vocal. Now I thought The Hives drew from The Kinks and The Dave Clark Five, but the columnists were right, there are Stones' influences. "Giddy Up" funks it up nicely. (Are they singing about `Urban Cowboy,' `Brokeback Mountain,' or protesting the foreign policy of President Bush? I haven't decided yet.
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