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Average User Score: 7.3Jun 6, 2012Lex Hives returns the Hives to what they do best - a blistering half hour of the charging punk inspired garage rock that made the world fallLex Hives returns the Hives to what they do best - a blistering half hour of the charging punk inspired garage rock that made the world fall in love with them in the first place. Tracks like Patrolling Days and Take Back the Toys are right up there with Hate to Say I Told You So and Tick Tick Boom as some of the best songs in the band's catalogue. Lex Hives wisely abandons the schizophrenic production of The Black and White Album to produce the first truly Hives sounding album since 2004's Tyrannosaurus Hives. No doubt, Lex Hives has it's low points - Go Right Ahead and Wait A Minute are nothing special, however the rest of the album is pure ear candy. These Spectacles Reveal the Nostolgics, If I Had A Cent, and 1000 Answers capture the band's live energy the best way any recorded track possibly can and could both could fit comfortably on fan favorites Veni Vidi Vicious and Tyrannosaurus Hives. Album opener Come On! is a minute long surging statement that sets the tone for the rest of the album while simultaneously paying homage to past album openers Well, Well, Well and Abra Cadaver.
With the Vines virtually useless, the Strokes currently stuck in the 80's, and the White Stripes disbanded, the Hives are the true champions of 2002's garage rock revival movement... and Lex Hives serves as the glorious compilation album of all the band's strengths. It doesn't matter that many critics aren't regarding Lex Hives for the triumphant album it is. The Hives have always been a smart band and are having the last laugh as Lex Hives is a fan pleaser that should re-establish the band's relevance in North America while energizing their fans to the level of excitement obtained in 2002 when the band broke out in the States. Lex Hives is really that good.… Expand