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  • Summary: The Swedish garage-rockers return with their third full-length disc.

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Walk Idiot Walk
Well, is it true what they say about it? They say it's new, but I have to doubt it And then they tell you everything about it Had enough? I got some... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Tyrannosaurus Hives lacks its predecessor's cohesive vision, but it finds the band in excellent form, exploring universes beyond their own. One of the year's best.
  2. The songs still fly by, but they leave an even deeper impression, and the musical palette has expanded considerably.
  3. Alternative Press
    80
    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. "Tyrannosaurus Hives" is a good record, but one best dipped into rather than listened to in one go.
  6. Uncut
    70
    The fastidiously rehearsed dementia is better sustained than on Your New Favourite Band. [Aug 2004, p.91]
  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 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. AlexisR
    Mar 31, 2006
    10
    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 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
    10
    ooOOooH! They're Swedish! Don't hate this CD! You know it is amazing!
  3. TheHivesROCKHARD
    Jul 19, 2004
    10
    The Hives second cd was even better than their first amazing album. It's one of the only good punk bands out there and the album is so The Hives second cd was even better than their first amazing album. It's one of the only good punk bands out there and the album is so addicting. The only problem is that its pretty short. Other than that i think its one of the greatest albums in the past decade. Expand
  4. AlexS
    Dec 5, 2004
    10
    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 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. CurranF
    Jul 22, 2004
    9
    an excellent follow up to "Veni Vedi Vicious", possibly even better. The Hives pack as much energy as they possibly can into 30 minutes and an excellent follow up to "Veni Vedi Vicious", possibly even better. The Hives pack as much energy as they possibly can into 30 minutes and it explodes out of the speakers. The added bits of electronica and the strings in "Diabolic Scheme" are oddly smart choices. The Hives are like this generation's Rolling Stones. Not in terms of influence and musicianship, but when it comes to showmanship and bravado, no one rocks like the Hives. No one can strut like Howlin' Pelle Almqvist either. The Strokes would have been better if they didn't make the same album twice (but damn if it wasn't a good one). The White Stripe's "Elephant" is the most over-rated album I've ever heard. The Vines were never good to begin with. The Hives are the only one of the big 4 garage bands of 2002 to make a better record than their breakthrough album. Expand
  6. theidiot
    Sep 29, 2004
    9
    this album rules. fast paced alt rock... rocks. buy it! now! now!
  7. johnnya
    Jul 20, 2004
    1
    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 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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