The Black and White Album As the cheeky title hints, the Swedish quintet are sticking to their sartorial code. Yet sonically they've tweaked their punk-pop vibe, even employing the hip-hop-flavored… The Black and White Album As the cheeky title hints, the Swedish quintet are sticking to their sartorial code. Yet sonically they've tweaked their punk-pop vibe, even employing the hip-hop-flavored… 2007-11-13 The Hives Rock
Music Review

The Black and White Album (2007)

The Hives
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EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Nov 13, 2007; Lead Performance: The Hives; Genre: Rock

As the cheeky title hints, the Swedish quintet are sticking to their sartorial code. Yet sonically they've tweaked their punk-pop vibe, even employing the hip-hop-flavored Pharrell Williams for one cut. Happily, that gambit — the danceable ''T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S.'' — pays off. For devotees of neo-Nuggets psychedelia, meanwhile, the stomp remains the same on the snap-happy ''You Dress Up for Armageddon'' — and the explosive ''Tick Tick Boom'' shows there's ample vroom left on this garage-rock bus. A-
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Originally posted Nov 05, 2007 Published in issue #964 Nov 16, 2007 Order article reprints