Album Reviews: Tyrannosaurus Hives by The HivesWarning: Listening to Tyrannosaurus Hives all the way through actually lowers your IQ. This is Big Dumb Rock (or "Rawk," if you prefer) of the biggest, dumbest variety. And it's so well done that you'll be grinning with delight even as your head bobs autistically and the drool starts to form in the corners of your mouth. After listening to it twice, I wrote the following review:
Ugh! Argh! Hives good! They rock! You buy! Okay!!
Later, after I'd taken a break from the album and my higher faculties had nearly returned to their previous levels, I was able to scratch out the following observations before blissful, moon-faced idiocy took me once more:
The Hives are not the future of rock. Instead, as the title of their new album suggests, their focus is squarely on rock's past. And that's what makes Tyrannosaurus Hives so stupidly, brilliantly awesome. The Hives exhume all of rock's best dinosaurs -- The Stooges, AC/DC, The New York Dolls, The MC5 -- dress them up in dapper black-and-white suits, and strut them around like the last 25 years of music never happened. It's a glorious act of necromancy, and it makes warmed-over proto-punk carcasses like "Missing Link" and the aptly named "Abra Cadaver" bristle with life. Most of all, it makes rock irresistibly, unpretentiously fun again. Being dumb never sounded this smart. - Andy Hermann
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