Hive of Industry
Springing from Gothenburg, Sweden, the sextet titled Soundtrack of Our Lives have been battling Swedish domination with the Hives for the past few years. While the success of the Hives has been consistently great, Soundtrack of Our Lives has had a few bumps in the road. While their latest album, Origin Vol. I, is not a very big pothole, youâ€šÃ„Ã´re still likely to feel a jolt of disarray. If weâ€šÃ„Ã´re to believe that this is the soundtrack of their lives, it can be reasoned that theyâ€šÃ„Ã´re entering a new phase of enlightenment, particularly of the sexual persuasion. At once sexy and creepy, â€šÃ„ÃºMidnight Childrenâ€šÃ„Ã¹ sounds like an English version of a Serge Gainsbourgâ€šÃ„Ã´s song, as it should, for Jane Birken sings backup on both. Lyrics include â€šÃ„ÃºMidnight children now whoâ€šÃ„Ã´s gonna take you upstairs/ Midnight children are too young to even care.â€šÃ„Ã¹ The superior opening track, â€šÃ„ÃºBelieve Iâ€šÃ„Ã´ve Found,â€šÃ„Ã¹ deals with the epiphany of figuring out what life is about and how to please. â€šÃ„ÃºBut I believe Iâ€šÃ„Ã´ve found/ A better way to satisfy.â€šÃ„Ã¹
The remainder of the album that doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t pertain to lust is a slight mix of fast, heavy and light, but mostly seems to follow the hard-hitting, rock-and-roll standard. â€šÃ„ÃºSong For The Othersâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is a lovely, soft ballad that really differentiates the band from other sounds. However, â€šÃ„ÃºTranscendental Suicideâ€šÃ„Ã¹ seems to parody The Who.
Origin Vol. I drops the carefully cultivated and original sounds of their last album, Behind the Music, to rather mimic droning guitar-driven Europop. The group is losing the sagacity theyâ€šÃ„Ã´ve previously displayed. To move away from the Hives, they just need to illuminate their softer side and sell millions!