The Hives - Lex Hives
Released June 04, 2012 via Columbia | Rating: 4/5 | By Tom Aylott
Try and dissect The Hives too much and you're entirely missing the point. Very much deserving of their reputation of being one of the best live bands on the planet, they embody everything positive about rock music, and 'Lex Hives' sees them predictably balls out and treading the fine line between rocking out and taking the piss entirely. There's no huge surprises stylistically, but there's an increased presence of brass here that gives the album a certain different flavour. Naturally, the focus is on the distinctive vocal of Pelle Almqvist throughout, and though 'Lex Hives' is unlikely to distract the younger hoards away from the bobble hat punk or tattoo-laden metalcore, The Hives sound as fresh as they always have done, and as they approach their twentieth anniversary of being a band (really), it's great to see them still putting in as much energy as they did a decade ago and throwing new ideas into the mix. There are many welcome additions to their catalogue to be found, with 'Patrolling Days', 'Take Back The Toys' and 'Go Right Ahead' delivering some hefty punches respectively, and when the band crank it up, 'Lex Hives' really is party punk at its finest. Garage punk really isn't exactly the style du jour right now, but there's simply no better than The Hives at what they do and you'd be silly to write them off as old hat before giving 'Lex Hives' a spin or two.