Magazine article The New Yorker

Swede Smell of Success; Pop Notes

Magazine article The New Yorker

Swede Smell of Success; Pop Notes

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The Hives' new record, Tyrannosaurus Hives (Interscope), kicks off with the ninety-second-long "Abra Cadaver," an anti-wage-slave anthem that is louder and faster than anything on their 2000 album, "Veni Vidi Vicious." At first, it sounds like the Swedish band has returned to the atavistic, adrenalized punk of its debut record, "Barely Legal," but the rest of the album suggests otherwise.

"Tyrannosaurus Hives" finds the Hives' sound intact--there are the same bright guitars and sharp pop hooks, not to mention the hyperactive vocals of the brash front man, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist--but it is more painterly than its predecessors, with a broader palette. "B Is for Brutus" rides along on a twangy surf-style guitar part. "Love in Plaster," plaintive and arid, splits the difference between punk and New Wave. "A Little More for Little You" has herky-jerky verses and a soaring shout-along chorus that is the sunniest thing the Hives have ever recorded. …

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