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After last night’s show at the Rave, I can finally understand (some of) the logic in the age-old myth that women are more attracted to pompous and conceited dudes. Like every other member of the near-capacity Sunday night crowd, I fell hard for The Hives, even after constant boasting rants from singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvist.
After three great albums of fully realized garage-punk, Sweden’s self-aggrandizing superstars The Hives threw listeners for a loop last year with The Black and White Album, a polished, freewheeling pop record that even included a couple of collaborations with The Neptunes. Critics scratched their heads, but the album . . .
As Chris Dangerous tells it, The Hives formed with expiration in mind.
“We always had these plans to record three of the best punk albums ever, then just break up,” the group’s drummer says.
Of course, those plans changed after their single “Hate to Say I Told You So” became an international hit, making The Hives a bankable commodity—or, to put it in words the infamously self-aggrandizing group would use, one of the biggest bands in the world.
The "black" and the "white" in the title of The Hives' fourth album don't just refer to the band's dichromatic sartorial style. They also acknowledge the harmonious duality of the Swedish quintet's noise