Veni Vidi Vicious

Veni Vidi Vicious

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by The Hives
     
 

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Straight outta Fagersta, Sweden, the Hives are breaking out like the plague, ready to infect fans of the searing, minimalist rock 'n' roll of the Strokes and the White Stripes. A quick antidote to the teen gloss, scary neu metal, and pallid baby-boomer mush filling the airwaves, the Hives go back to theSee more details below

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Straight outta Fagersta, Sweden, the Hives are breaking out like the plague, ready to infect fans of the searing, minimalist rock 'n' roll of the Strokes and the White Stripes. A quick antidote to the teen gloss, scary neu metal, and pallid baby-boomer mush filling the airwaves, the Hives go back to the garage to get their ya-yas out, cribbing from the Stooges and Radio Birdman, the Ramones and the Cramps, not to mention "Louie Louie" and countless Nuggets and Pebbles grads. The suit-clad Swedes revere only the basic tenets of garage rock -- flat, snare-happy drumming, guitars that latch on to a few good chords and wear 'em thin as rayon, and, most importantly, a snarling, panting lead vocalist. So while their sound isn't exactly original, it's like a blast of fresh air in a stale storeroom. Fulfilling the genre's requirement for attitude, frontman Howlin' Pelle Almqvist (no kidding!) and his cohorts get in your face, dropping an atomic bomb on "The Hives -- Declare Guerre Nucleaire," getting amped up on "Die, All Right!," and waxing precocious on "Statecontrol." But watch out, because songs such as the slinky "Main Offender," the vaguely Pavement-ish single "Hate to Say I Told You So," and the barreling "Knock Knock" are tight as lockjaw and almost as lethal. Lovably defiant, the Hives are easy to get and hard to let go of.

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Rolling Stone - Jenny Eliscu
There's a reason these particular born-too-late garage rockers were signed by a major label for a reported million bucks. When all is said and done, the white-hot sound of Veni Vidi Vicious is unmistakably the Hives.
The New Yorker
"Short and sharp, with twelve songs in twenty-eight minutes, it's the most exuberant and powerful rock and roll in recent memory." Ben Greenman

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2002
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624832720
catalogNumber:
48327
Rank:
13452

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