The Hives CD review by Steve Miller

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The Hives CD review by Steve Miller
Apr 2, 2008, 15:59

The Hives - The Black and White Album

THE HIVES The Black and White Album CD

You know the gimmick, the goofy outfits, complete with white shoes, and the self-referential style. Can we blame them for the musical abortion that was the so-called Detroit garage scene? Perhaps. But the notion of tepid Crypt rip-offs just leaves me cold here. At least the Electric 6 take their cues from Devo, and The Hives swipe that trick on “T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.” chiming in with a funky guitar line.

Collectively, on their 4th album, the Swedes who were the Next Big Thing for a couple weeks manage to mangle their way through a series of cutesy pop tunes that offer nothing meaty, just some trite guitar chording with bursts of keyboards. “Tick Tick Boom” is the leadoff track, all poppy sing-a-long and really, no fun at all. In fact, every song sounds like it's trying too hard to be something other than what it should be, that is, straight-ahead 3-chord rock. [A&M]



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