Absolute Punk: “…Lex Hives, a fist-pumping, hip-swerving rock record that roars with energy and makes for a most exuberant return to form.”
Absolute Punk: "All 12 tracks sizzle with tenacity and confidence. in the end, Lex Hives is a half hour of power and a most triumphant listen."
Alarm Magazine: "The new Lex Hives is the kind of next chapter that few bands remember to write.
Few, read none, of the garage-rock contenders from the class of 2000 are still blasting out the goodies at this level."
All Music Guide: “All the Hives really need is energy and good songs, and they have enough of both on Lex Hives to bring smiles to their fans' faces.”
Alternative Addiction: "LEX HIVES absolutely scorches through from start to finish. This album is cohesive and put together perfectly, it’s a true album in its purest form."
The Arts Desk: "With some albums one wonders how a band is going to reproduce the precision-tooled recorded version onstage. The exciting thing about The Hives, who really know how to put on a rough, tough rock show, is that one can be confident that when they do these songs onstage they are going to sound even better. Terrific stuff from the superlative Swedes."
The Arts Desk: "Guitarist Nicholaus Arson grinds out colossal powerchord earworms throughout that chew their way into your brain."
A.V. Club: “Lex Hives proves that The Hives still know how to make it work.”
Boston Globe: “If there was ever a worry of the Hives maturing— or simply becoming less like the Hives — there isn't anymore.”
Buzzine: “Lex Hives is quite simply the best album designed to save rock ‘n’ roll, and all of the world beyond, since the last album released by The Hives.”
Candid: “…yet again, they have delivered another riot rousing record which you could never accuse of being dreary.”
Consequence of Sound: “…a pretty fun romp of all the things that make The Hives so loveable.”
Crave: “The Swedish rockers return on their own terms with a strut-crusher of an album. We caught 'em at Coachella, and can say with certainty that these boys are all fire…the new Hives record Lex Hives…is a blast of bombastic fantasticness."
Diffuser: “…with their fifth studio effort, ‘Lex Hives,’ the crowd provoking, guitar twirling, eardrum crushing garage glam-punk Swedes have made the comeback album of the year.”
Filter Magazine: “Lex Hives is about as true to their roots as it comes.”
Herald Sun: "Lex Hives is loud, fast and razor sharp. In a word: explosive"
The Independent: Track one on Lex Hives consists of Pelle Almqvist shouting "come on!" approximately 58 times. If you don't think this is brilliant, then this is probably not for you.... If Lex Hives has one fault, it's that it makes you want to switch it off, go straight out and see the Hives live."
Interview Magazine: “The band has their ability to create those classic, can't-get-it-out-of-your-head rock riffs, and distilled it to a science.”
Journal Star: “…this is rock ‘n’ roll as it should be played -- raw, right out of the garage and great fun. Play it loud.”
Metropolitan: "The Hives crank out million-miles-a-minute gems like 1000 Answers and If I Had a Cent in their sleep, but they’re still catchy and exhilarating as hell"
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “…the natty Swedish punk rockers return with their swagger intact.”
MTV: “The Hives' fifth album rollicks with anthemic, scream-along choruses and arena-worthy frenetic riffs. We challenge you to not throw down air guitar windmills, hand claps and pogo about while grooving to this set.”
MTV: “Superhuman capacity for consistent excellency,”
My Indie Site: “…Terrific stuff from the superlative Swedes. Truly the bee’s knees.”
NME: "Let it be said that LEX HIVES is amazing"
Release BB: “This is not music. This is compressed carbon hidden in the earth’s crust for millions of years and unearthed, to be placed in your eardrums.”
Rolling Stone: “…their toga party is back pogo'ing and the neighbors are knocking.”
Sounds of DC: "When you listen to Lex Hives, you feel like you need to turn the volume down, but the second you do, you find yourself turning it right back up.”
SPIN: “[Lex Hives] picks up where 2004's brain-bashing Tyrannosaurus Hives left off, cutting a broad swath of destruction through proto-punk and garage rock on the way to achieving arena-sized glam…the Hives rarely break from the celebratory gut-rippers that made them famous.”
Sputnik Music: “Lex Hives…returns to their roots – a shameless sugar rush of fist-pumping, bass-stomping, garage rock ‘n roll.”
Sputnik Music: “…overall the greatest rock’n’roll band of the 21st century stick to their classic high-energy garage-riff-fuelled howlin’ Hives sound on their new record.”
Toronto Sun: "The Hives get back to basics for this fifth full- length, delivering a mighty half-hour of slashing guitars, crashing drums, licks nicked from The Stooges, Stones and AC/DC — and plenty of neo-Jagger swagger from Howlin’ Pelle. Lex is more"
Under the Gun: “Lex Hives is true to the spirit of the band’s grandiose, raucous, uproarious music – a short and gleefully giddy record filled with invigorating riffs and howling vocals.”
Under the Gun: "It is difficult to find fault with anything this determinedly feelgood..."
Washington Post: “….loud, frantic, fun, dumb/smart, with little quarter given to outside forces or trends.”