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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Football managers, long dark winters, blondes & The Hives!
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...
Published on 9 Nov 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars A couple of good ones.
Opener is good lively post punk guitar rock.The rest of the tracks are a bit samey/ordinary but ok to listen to in the background.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Football managers, long dark winters, blondes & The Hives!, 9 Nov 2001
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This review is from: Your New Favourite Band (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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crikey..., 24 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Your New Favourite Band (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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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favourite band, 25 Oct 2001
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In today's world every growing gentle and mellow bands it's great to hear a band who have balls. The suit wearing 5 piece from Sweden mix punk, garage, hardcore and new wave into this great album. If you like bands like the Strokes and White Stripes but are looking for something faster, louder, heavier and better the Hives are the band for you. Tracks such as the amazing 'Supply And Demand' and 'Main Offender' will blow you away and you'll soon be wondering who are the Strokes?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quickfire Punk'N'Roll Mayhem!, 29 April 2006
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital to the modern music scene's makeup., 9 Sep 2002
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The absurdly brief 'best of' from The Hives, is reminiscent of all kinds of bands - most notably The Jam and The Undertones, and their music is a mix of all areas of punk, with a distinct metallic tinge. In truth, there is nothing remotely original about what The Hives are doing, and anyone who thinks there is needs their bumps feeling - but on tracks like 'Hate to say I told you so', 'Main Offender', 'Die, Alright' and 'Outsmarted' to name but a few, the listener is made aware of the raw energy that drives The Hives' sound. Who cares about the retro rip-off style when the music is simple, honest - and absolutely superb. If you want experimental indie doodlings, look for Radiohead or Mogwai. If you want good old-fashioned catchy 2 to 3 minute rock anthems, then look for The Hives' albums. Blinding stuff.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strokes ?????? These guys got it right!, 6 Nov 2001
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Ok so i bought this album from a recommendation from amazon without even thinking twice about it. I got hope and put it on...........Think the Clash and the Pistols meets the Velvet underground.
So much more than the Strokes album, so much more real. This album is no classic/ nevermind/ surfer rosa/ White Light white Heat but it sure is a step in the right direction. It rocks put it in your car and drive around on a dank and dreary day. proper punk rock for 2001......and about time too. There next album may be a classic!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your New Favorite Band, 24 Dec 2001
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The Hives wear their influences on their sleeve: Iggy and the Stooges, *all* 60's psychedelia garage: Nuggets 1965-68 Original Artyfacts, 70's punk like the Ramones, 80's American Hardcore like Black Flag, Minor Threat et al. through to the Pixies and still write original (relatively), catchy, punk powerpop tunes that sound great at high decibels!
They capture the progression of punk music from the 60's to the present so clearly.
If you like well-written punk music with a hook, buy this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FUN - DEEPLY SILLY, 21 May 2011
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Sweden gave us Abba, but now they have given us the fabulous Hives! It is hysterical that this wonderful Swedish group have taken punk rock, repackaged it and sold it back to us! Each song is a short, sharp shock - daft, punchy lyrics, buzz-saw guitar and snappy song writing. Terrific, adrenilin-fuelled compositions that would make the Ramones proud.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Effort, 11 July 2002
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This is a good album and will appeal to anyone who likes rock, Die All Right probably being the best song on the album but there are plenty of contenders. Buy this album if only to listen to lively and loud music, it's worth it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hives, 27 Nov 2013
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Catchy pop punk from our Northern friends, always good to be alternative and this is a short album that brings joy. Recommended
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