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Lex Hives

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The world's wisest musical council and international rock sensation, The Hives, present their fifth stunner- the 12-track contemplation of all law that is Hives-- Lex Hives. Self-produced, self-played and self-promoted, these 12 songs are not built to fit just anyone. These are not songs that sound equally good played on an acoustic guitar by the campfire. This is not music. This is compressed carbon hidden in the earth's crust for millions of years and unearthed, to be placed in your eardrums. Blistering proof can be found with the lead single, "Go Right Ahead."
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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Disques Hives
  • ASIN: B007P6VM4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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This was a good effort by the Hives. It's not Veni Vidi Vicious, but it's what you would expect from the band, peppy, uptempo songs. Actually, they are kind of lacking in the punny wordplay that made some of their earlier songs more interesting. I would recommend the CD to hardcore fans but if you're just getting to know the Hives, go get Veni Vidi Vicious instead.
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I'm a huge fan of the Black & White album, and was not let down by any means with this release. Now if only the Hives would do more touring in the states. Saw them at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, London, and they were awesome.
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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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The Hives continue where they left off with the Black and White album. Pumping out a polished and catchy album that is Lex Hives. Not only has the group lost alot of their raw sound from their early efforts, but the lyrics have become simpler as well. There are several songs on this release, including opener "Come On", "Go Right Ahead", and "Wait A Minute" where the title of the song is repeated almost the entire track. Still what the album lacks in creativity it mostly makes up for in catchiness.
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