Polydor - 2004 - 34 minutes

For some The Hives' rise to the top has been hard to swallow. As a little known Swedish outfit, they released two decent albums before the compilation album 'Your New Favourite Band' threw the big time their way.

But with the plaudits and platinum came the feeling that The Hives' success was nothing less than Rocket From the Crypt deserved. And 'Tyrannosaurus Hives' only makes the argument stronger. This is not an album worth waiting four years to hear: it's hampered by a feeble, tinny production, there are only a handful of memorable tracks and at times it sounds like a pastiche of The Hives' pastiche.

Had this album swapped poses for power and had songs like 'Diabolic Scheme' the whole way through, The Hives would make even the biggest cynics headbang. But stick 'Tyrannosaurus Hives' on after Turbonegro's 'Scandinavian Leather' and see the difference between men and boys. Hate to say I told you so indeed.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Abra Cadaver - Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones - Walk Idiot Walk - No Pun Intended - A Little More for Little You - B is for Brutus - See Through Head - Diabolic Scheme - Missing Link - Love in Plaster - Dead Quote Olympics