Orion’s Music reviews The Hives | ParkRecord.com

Orion’s Music reviews The Hives

ALEX HENRY, Contributing Record writer

Out of all the garage punk bands to arise during the early 2000s, not many are left. You’ve pretty much got The White Stripes and The Hives. Where The White Stripes have evolved by leaps and bounds on each album they make, The Hives have pretty much remained the same on each of theirs. The thing about it is the formula that they developed doesn’t really need to be tweaked. The Hives play a style of punk rock that is eerily reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones, with songs that are simple but ferocious. The format is slowed down a bit on their latest album, "The Black and White Album," with a few weird experiments thrown in for good measure. For the most part "The Black and White Album" is pure Hives and it rocks along until the midpoint where there is a change in mood. The songs are slower and the lead singer actually croons instead of shouts, again, much like The Rolling Stones. In fact, the song "A Stroll Through Hive Manor" sounds like a cheesy horror-themed "Paint It Black." In sum, this album will definitely please fans and might get them some new ones.

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