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Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Swedish band worked with Pharrell Williams, Jacknife Lee, and Dennis Herring for their fourth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 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.
  2. And desperate single aside, it all works pretty damn well.
  3. 80
    The Hives want it all, so they've risked everything on an album that audibly fights to earn it. [Nov 2007, p.113]
  4. The band's ambition on Black and White is admirable and makes for an album that is, even in its less successful moments, never less than an interesting listen.
  5. The Black and White Album can feel, at times, thematically spastic, spinning more like a mixtape than a proper LP.
  6. 60
    Most of the album, like the single 'Tick Tock Boom,' sticks to formula. [Nov 2007, p.150]
  7. The increased repetition of blurted nonsense phrases and the further dumbing down of their very basic progressions should serve to rid them of numerous long-time fans who hoped the Hives could save rock 'n' roll.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Denis
    Nov 15, 2007
    10
    The Hives have outdone themselves once again. To the hardcore Hives fanatic, tracks like "T.H.E.H.I.V.E.S." and "A Stroll Through Hive Manor Corridors" are new territory, but ultimately, as usual, territory that The Hives conquer and dominate. Expand
  2. DavidÅ.
    Nov 20, 2007
    10
    Best album out of Hives so far!
  3. Jonatan
    Dec 14, 2007
    10
    The best rock album of the year. Excellent songs, like You Got It All Wrong, Hey Little World and Bigger Hole to Fill.
  4. JakeG.
    Nov 13, 2007
    9
    The Hives are still proving themselves to be undoubtedly the most creative and forward thinking rock bands of the last decade. Throw in Pharell Williams on a couple tracks and you nearly have a masterpiece. Expand
  5. MichaelL.
    Nov 20, 2007
    8
    Somewhere in the universe, there's room for a band that actually sound like there having fun out there. If The Hives can't live in that space, who the hell can? Expand
  6. MislavF
    Nov 15, 2007
    8
    A great CD. It sounds different and much longer than their last two CDs, but the songs are longer and give this CD a different feel. Highly recommended. Expand
  7. Psy
    Nov 13, 2007
    2
    Omg, I used to like these boys.

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