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The Hives
Tyrannosaurus Hives
Interscope Records

Thank God for the Swedish. They are a bastion of good rock music in a world teeming with insufficient bands and derivative sounds. The Hives top the list of the latest wave of Swede-rock, with infectious rhythms and a large battery of energy. On their fourth full-length release, Tyrannosaurus Hives, the band continues its acoustic assault, staying true to their individual style, but creating catchier riffs and mixing in a bit more retro style. The 60's garage rock influence comes out a bit more on some songs than they've previously allowed.

The lead single "Walk Idiot Walk" throttles the ears with its Townsend-esque staccato guitar leads and solid driving bass line. The hypnotic rhythms of "Two-Timing Touch And Broken Bones" compel the body into near epileptic fits, recalling the early days of Joy Division and their "Komakino". The band channels the spirit of Stooges-era Iggy Pop on "Diabolic Scheme", slowing the pace of the record down a bit and approaching the song with a demonic circus intensity. Stops and starts, off-rhythm guitar strumming, and nail-on-chalkboard strings combine for a near-psychotic experience. Punk rock roots shine through on the Black Flag inspired "Dead Quote Olympics", blending rocking rhythm tracks with clever lyrics. "Can't make an omelet without breaking an egg/ and I can't make a headache if I don't aim at the head/ you had enough of their thoughts have your own/ then you wouldn't have to be such a clone/ that just won't get you nowhere, you thought it would?"

Tyrannosaurus Hives may not be considered groundbreaking, or a huge jump from the last record, Veni Vidi Vicious, but damnit, this record is good rock and roll. The fun of the music is there, and after seeing this band live, you'll never want to go back to your boring rock again. And you have to give props to such a well-dressed band, what with their Colonel Sanders ties and white suit jackets. One listen will have you hooked and moving your feet like a deranged lunatic mod fresh off an ocean voyage on the Queen Anne.

-Ian James

Track Listing:

1. Abra Cadaver
2. Two-Timing Touch And Broken Bones
3. Walk Idiot Walk
4. No Pun Intended
5. A Little More For Little You
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

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