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  • Vinyl (18 Mar. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Poptones
  • ASIN: B000063XZX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,267,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 24 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The first few listens of this gem will probably confuse the bejazus out of you. You simply cant figure out what the hell is coming out of your speakers its so damned chaotic and demented, but you quickly learn to love it. If like me your interested in guitar based music has been put to sleep by American post-grunge slop and the even more insidious yawnings of Travis et all., this is a f'ing godsend. The antics of the band kinda detract from what an ferociously talented group these are. Ram this stick of dynamite in your cd player and take cover...
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Format: Audio CD
Sweden rocks, and if it weren't for their winters, I'd probably investigate moving there.
This album, a compilation of the The Hives best from previous releases, is B*L*I*S*T*E*R*I*N*G!. 110% full-on, buzz-saw, post-punk adrenaline. And every song sounds like the perfectly crafted tune as well. This is an album that will test your stereo max levels - there's no way you can play this softly.
Think Husker Du, Strokes, White Stripes, Ramones, the Velvets, Minutemen and the Pistols (without the politik) - they're all in there somewhere. But The Hives have managed to carve out their own sound as well. And it's beautiful.
Anyone else catch the Pixies-like guitar dives in the breaks of "Main Offender"?
At the price, this is a steal. I probably would have paid double for this. This is an essential record for the year!
Beg, borrow, steal. But get your new favourite band, The Hives.
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Format: Audio CD
Sometimes all you need is fast and furious guitar riffs, drums and vocals- The Hives provide all these with plenty of attitude and eccentricity to spare!

Check out 'Main Offender', it's an absolute blast and features my all time favourite guitar riff. 'Hate To Say I Told You So' was a big hit in indie clubs and a great track to throw yourself around the dancefloor to. This mega compilation may feature a lot of similar sounding songs but in this case it really doesn't matter, all that matters is the energy of the songs, great guitar riffs like on 'Here We Go Again' and the previously mentioned 'Main Offender' as well as some smart lyrics (the best examples can be found on 'Supply And Demand' and 'a.k.a.I-D-I-O-T').

This isn't an album to stick on as background music for a polite dinner party, it's for jumping around and air-guitaring to like no one's watching!

If raw punk is your bag then give this album a try- it's one of the most fun album's in existence!
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This 2001 compilation album from Sweden's finest, The Hives, is a youthful, exuberant set of sub-3 minute (with one exception) punk-pop songs, sounding something like The Ramones (without the fuzz guitar sound) or Dr Feelgood on 78rpm (albeit there's nothing here quite up to Wilko's guitar standard). Comprising 4 songs from the Barely Legal debut album, 4 songs from the Veni Vidi Vicious follow-up album, 3 from the a.k.a I-D-I-O-T EP and one from the Hate To Say I Told You So single, this album, with its nicely ironic and presumptuous title, provides around 30 minutes of compulsive listening, pretty much without taking a second to catch its breath.

With their highly regimented dress sense (usually in uniform black or white jackets/suits) the band has clearly always had image very much to the fore, and this has stretched to the songwriting credits where they have maintained the mythology that the credited scribbler on all the songs, Randy Fitzsimmons, is an (unseen) sixth band member - albeit Randy's most likely identity is that of guitarist Niklas Almqvist. No matter, what is particularly interesting about The Hives' songs is that (a bit like The Ramones, in fact) their lyrics are actually remarkably sophisticated, extensive and, at times, poetic for such a primal style. OK, they (in the main) focus on issues of youth rebellion, disaffection and girlfriends, but there are some nice touches, such as in Supply and Demand ('She said, "Shiny hair that's my life ambition but I'll devote my time to a new omission, the rizzle-razzle kitsch of paranoid city) or in the superb a.k.a I-D-I-O-T ('But it's not a question of low IQ, cause if it was then the answer wouldn't be me but you').
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let it be said that when "Your New Favorite Band" was first released, it was far too early for the Hives to have a "best of" album -- they only had EPs and two albums in the bag. But it is a good sampler of their best songs, and a good introduction to their rough, raw brand of garage punk.

"Your New Favorite Band" takes four tracks from their breakout album, "Veni Vidi Vicious," four from their debut predecessor "Barely Legal," and finally four from their EP work. These songs are almost undeniably the best of the batch, like the roaring "A.K.A I-D-I-O-T," "Mad Man" or "Main Offender."

What these songs all have in common is an adrenaline-powered rawness, and a fast-paced energy that most garage and/or punk bands try to achieve, but few do. Okay, they don't have the most original sound in the world. They have, instead, vibrancy and a lack of musical pretension -- they are influenced by bands like the Stooges, but they don't wear those on their sleeves.

The kinetic riffs give the group half their sound. Each song is a roiling mass of percussion, guitar and bass, endearingly nasty and very entertaining. Howlin' Pelle Almqvist provides the other -- he sounds like he's literally foaming at the mouth when he sings stuff like "Mad Man." He lives up to the "Howlin'" part of his name, definitely.

"Your New Favorite Band" serves as an effective "best of" album, although the band seemed too young to have enough for such an album. In a nutshell, it's a great way to revisit the best of these energetic Swedish rockers, or to introduce newbies to them.
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