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Tyrannosaurus Hives



Full-tilt rock & roll fun.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Not an issue.


Metaphorical references to death might be misunderstood by younger teens.


Nothing explicit.


A couple of 4-letter words; not much to worry about.


Not an issue.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Not an issue.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that slightly edgy lyrics notwithstanding, this album is a lot of fun. This CD will be especially inspiring to young students of rock guitar.

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the variety that exists among bands (old school and current) that play loud, guitar-driven rock and roll.

Music details

Artist:The Hives
Release date:July 20, 2004
Label:Interscope Records
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byB-KMastah April 2, 2012

Nice Throwback to Better Music

As a great throwback to '80s and '60s punk of those such as The Sex Pistols, The Hives release their third studio album 11 years into their career. The lyrics are good and nothing is materialistic, all of the instruments are great and all songs are perfectly fun and energetic.
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

And more good music for the year....

This year has had siome great rock 'n' roll. The Hives have greatly improved. They used to be so horrible but now they are an amazing band. It isn't explicit like rap and it is fun. The lyrics are pretty good too.