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  • Summary: The Swedish garage-rockers return with their third full-length disc.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Tyrannosaurus Hives might be a little more complex and polished than the Hives' earlier work, but it's not overthought at all; even though they've evolved, they know how to keep it simple, stupid.
  2. The songs still fly by, but they leave an even deeper impression, and the musical palette has expanded considerably.
  3. It is the best parts of a bar brawl, a naked Twister party and a street race in one cumulative package. [Sep 2004, p.117]
  4. It's not as hands-down great as the Swedes' last (Veni Vidi Vicious), and a handful of tracks are too-short bursts of energy that only leave you wanting more. But when the band gets rolling with tracks such as "Walk Idiot Walk," there's no stopping it.
  5. Although pretty catchy, this album is a tad too monotonous.
  6. Tyrannosaurus Hives is so tight and efficient, it makes Veni Vidi Vicious sound almost like it came from a jam band.
  7. In the end, we can’t ignore that The Hives’ best moments are those borrowed (or just plain pilfered) from punk acts that preceded them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. AlexisR
    Mar 31, 2006
    The Hives are one of the very very few true rock bands that are around. If you listen to Linkin Park , SOAD and that kind of stuff don't even bother. This is rock at the very core. Expand
  2. SamL.
    Aug 12, 2004
    ooOOooH! They're Swedish! Don't hate this CD! You know it is amazing!
  3. DonaldN
    Jul 20, 2004
    i think this is a great cd!! im a true fan of the hives. they're like old school punk rock (im thirteen). you should take a listen to that one song called "walk idiot walk". the song, in a sense, makes u laugh. Expand
  4. AlexS
    Dec 5, 2004
    This is one of THE best albums I've heard in my life. Most lists of tracks are a sugar high, an up and down fealing of emotion. But this album keeps the pace, powerful song after powerful song. Kudos to the Hives. You've made my life complete. Expand
  5. JehovahJoe
    Jul 23, 2004
    Matches and excedes Veni Vidi Vicious. Every song is chock full of memorable riffs (fucking FAST riffs) and Pelle Almqvist makes a case to be the best frontman in rock. Check this one out Expand
  6. CarlM
    Dec 20, 2004
    T-Rex is their best effort yet.
  7. johnnya
    Jul 20, 2004
    Even worse than the sub-par Veni Vidi Vicious; none of the Hives' style is their own, it is all rather contrived from other bands (see also: The Stooges). "Walk Idiot Walk," the lead-off single, is such a soulless song, lumbering through its repetitive, annoying four-chord guitar play. The suits are alright. The drummer is fugly. Expand

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