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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
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What's the story?
The five Swedish rockers come into their own on TYRANNOSAURUS HIVES, their third album--and first on a major label. Howlin' Pelle Almqvist is an impressive lead singer, sometimes compared to Mick Jagger. But the real treat here is one raucous guitar-fueled track after another, infectious and irresistible; the Hives manage to evoke early punk rock without sounding clichéd. The band keeps it simple, loud, and fun. Though the lyrics are pretty tame by today's standards, metaphorical death references (on tunes with titles like \"Abra Cadaver\") might be disturbing or misunderstood by literal-minded younger teens. But the songwriting is interesting and ironic, a cut above most of what we all hear daily on the radio.
Is it any good?
Refreshing and energetic, the Hives combine interesting and occasionally edgy lyrics with retro-punk instrumentals to create an album that is somehow more than the sum of its parts. Powerful guitar work is the real star of this album, and young rock guitar students in need of inspiration will find a lot to emulate on Tyrannosaurus Hives. Everyone else will find a lot to enjoy.