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Tyrannosaurus Hives [The Hives] [602498669907]

  • 1. Abra Cadaver
    2. Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones
    3. Walk Idiot Walk
    4. No Pun Intended
    5. Little More for Little You, A
    6. B Is for Brutus
    7. See Through Head
    8. Diabolic Scheme
    9. Missing Link
    10. Love in Plaster
    11. Dead Quote Olympics
    12. Antidote
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 000275602

  • Credits
    ProducerPelle Gunnerfeldt; The Hives; Pelle Gunnerfeldt
    EngineerPelle Gunnerfeldt; Jana Gustavsson

    The Hives: Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, Nicholaus Arson, Vigilante Carlstroem, Dr. Matt Destruction, Chris Dangerous.
    Personnel: Christopher hman, Rebecca Karlsson, Johan Morn, Henrik Sderqvist, Andreas Forsman (strings).
    Audio Mixers: Pelle Gunnerfeldt; The Hives; Michael Ilbert.
    Recording information: Grondahl; Varispeed.
    Photographer: Stefan Zschernitz.
    Riding high on the success of their second full-length album VENI VIDI VICIOUS, and the singles collection YOUR NEW FAVOURITE BAND, the Hives returned to blow more doors open with 2004's TYRANNOSAURUS HIVES. Steeped inexorably in the influence of the Stooges, the New York Dolls, and the nervous, jittery punk and New Wave of CBGB's golden era, this Swedish quintet offers up a rock & roll brew difficult to resist. With their dependably raucous party vibe, the Hives churn out spastic, riff-driven tunes with sing-along choruses over taunt grooves and jackhammer rhythms.
    From tongue-in-cheek monster-movie blues ("Diabolic Scheme") to the herky-jerky, Devo-esque "Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones," to the bouncy fun of the album's lead-off single "Walk Idiot Walk," the Hives push all the right rock buttons. Garage-bred aesthetics, like fist-pumping anthemic choruses and singer Howlin' Pelle Almquist's rasp-scream, are nicely counterbalanced by crisp production and the occasional keyboard embellishment. While they're not stunningly original, it is hard to argue with the Hives. This is everything rock music should be--catchy, rhythmically infectious, and unapologetically wild.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.66) - Ranked #13 in Spin's "40 Best Albums of the Year" - "[A] marvelous example of the white-hot advances in Swedish rock technology."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.106) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "The Hives may be hard-partying rock animals, but from the sound of TYRANNOSAURUS HIVES, they're also a tribute to the precision and power of Swedish engineering."
    Q (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[A]n album of super-fast songs featuring yelping, punchy riffs..."
    Uncut (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 - "TYRANNOSAURUS HIVES contains hints of artistic depth."
    Alternative Press (p.117) - 4 out of 5 - "What is in abundance are retro-punk vibes, raw garage rave-ups and unabashed new wave."
    CMJ (p.4) - "The good thing is that they haven't mellowed - the sweaty Swedes strike a balance between tailored rock hooks and a chaotic punkish performance."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[A] razor sharp updating of previous themes....[T]heir guitar throttling raison d'tre still packs an infectious pop wallop."
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