The Hives – The Black and White album

{mosimage}The smartest rock band on Earth are back. Swedish The Hives know how to wear a suit on stage while make the people shake their assess with their direct rock and roll better than nobody else. I still remember their last appearance in Provinssirock, where I can admit that it was the gig I had the best time during the whole festival. After the huge success of Tyrannosaurs Hives (2004), it was about time to come back. For that, they have counted with the help of international acclaimed producer Pharrel Williams.

The band members claim that this album offers very new aspects in their music and more reflected melodies. Well, hard to believe when you go to explore the track list and get immersed in the album: songs of 3-4 minutes, straight to your head. A good dosis of rock and roll shot straight to blow your brain. But why should it be otherwise? The formula had worked before, and works again. From the starting Tick Tick Boom or the irreverent Hey Little World, you just feel like your feet cannot stop moving.

The Hives recorded good part of the album in Mississippi, and the American sound is very present all over the album. Not much time for Nordic reflective approach to music. The bass this time has a more notorious role that in previous albums, so Dr. Matt Destruction, the bass player, can feel happy about it. The Hives are back and they sound great again!

Rating 4/5