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CD Review: The Hives - "The Black and White Album"

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The year 2007 has been good to the Hives, what with a TV commercial, a collaboration with Timbaland, and the recent announcement that they'll be opening for Maroon 5 at the Staples Center in November. The Hives, a Swedish garage-rock outfit that spent a majority of musical discovery on small-time labels, had officially struck gold with their last album, Tyrannosaurus Hives. It was at this point that they signed to Interscope, and the punks put their hometown of Fagersta (13 yr. old boy snicker), Sweden on the map.

With their latest release, The Black and White Album, headed our way next month, the Hives continue to evolve their style while attempting to stay true to the original garage sound.