Sound — 8
Stepping away from their typical two guitars playing the same thing with different effects, the Hives have started using synthesizers. While sounding great most of the time, "Diabolic Scheme," easily the worst song on the album, shows how awful the Hives can sound if they try. Other than that, the album is strong with good tracks like "No Pun Intended," "See Through Head," "B Is For Brutus," and "Dead Quote Olympics."
Lyrics — 7
Pelle Almqvist has a horrible singing voice compared to singers like Chris Cornell or Davey Havok, but his vocals match the Hives' style of music perfectly, raw and untamed. His lyrics are more or less something that feeds off the music to keep it from being repetetive, but his lyrics shine occasionally, like in "See Through Head" or "B Is For Brutus." Unfortunately for the rest of the songs, the lyrics get repetetive, like in "Two-Timing Touch and Broken Bones" and "Walk Idiot Walk."
Overall Impression — 8
I thought that Veni Vedi Vicious was much better than this for a long time, but it turns out it isn't. The Hives have found a better sound for themselves, and will probably continue to evolve it into something better each album. Definetely a good purchase, although buy Barely Legal and Veni Vedi Vicious first. Working backwards wouldn't show you the Hives at their best. If this album was stolen from me, I'd go and beat him out of whoever stole it, because then I wouldn't have anything to dance to in my car.