on 3 July 2012
A long awaited return from the Swedish madmen that are the Hives, and well worth the wait:
1 - come on! - repeat the title over and over with some clapping and typical deep thrumming base line, and it's a winner!
2 - go right ahead - sounds like some 80's disco tune, really fantastic. As with many Hives songs great backing vocals.
3 - 1000 answers - fast tempo'd with a nice chorus, a bit of a grower. Players of FIFA 12 will recognise.
4 - I want more - a slower song, with a neat base line.
5 - wait a minute - you will play this over and over, if only for the backing vocals throughout, so so good!!
6 - patrolling days - a nice bouncy start, with a darker chorus than most Hives tracks, a nice change in direction.
7 - take back the toys - a really deep song, low tones and very good chorus, once again cracking base line.
8 - without the money - prob my least favourite, but not terrible. Really slow paced, with little guitar etc.
9 - these spectacles reveal the nostalgic - a signature super fast paced Hives tune, kind of generic, but catchy
10 - my time is coming - tells a bit of a story, not overly impressive, bit of a filler
11 - if I had a cent - quite a quiet verse, builds up to a fast chorus, not bad.
12 - midnight shifter - ends the album strongly, a bit of brass to assist, very catchy.
I use the word 'catchy' a lot, but that's just the Hives, they make songs that you will remember for being different. They stick to one method of creating music, and haven't really strayed from this in any of their albums. It's typical Hives, and therefore if you like any of their stuff, it's well worth spending some pennies.
I caught The Hives performing 'Go Right Ahead' on Jules Holland whilst channel hopping, and was blown away by the song. As it was the first Hives track I can remember ever hearing I had to come on here and browse. Listening to the samples of the other tracks on this album I just had to download the whole thing.
All the twelve tracks here are great, with admittedly a couple that really stuck out even more than the rest. I believe it has been about five years or so since this Swedish garage rock group have released an album, this one they produced by themselves, and listening to this it is something that has been well worth the wait. Every year goodness knows how many albums are released, but unlike so many others, this one is well worth getting. With great lyrics and music this is an album that your ears have been waiting for.
on 28 September 2012
I have always had a soft-spot for the Hives. Great showmen, entertaining when performing live and have produced some excellent songs over the years. However I was completely suprised at how good this album is. It is their best album, without a shadow of doubt, with killer track after killer track. If you thought you knew how good the Hives could be - listen to this album a couple of times and you will realise how much your were under-rating them.
Not only is this the best Hives album yet; but it is also the best album I have listened too this year (by any band). Outstanding album.