michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — HANSON

In Uncategorized on 06/03/2010 at 11:24 am

Hanson

Shout It Out

(3CG)

In the dozen-plus years since their breakthrough song, the three Hanson brothers have been trying to both live up to and live down “MMMBop.” Their eighth album reaches a compromise. After spending the past decade proving their chops with R&B-style workouts, Isaac, Taylor, and Zac return to the pop that made them famous. But there are also plenty of times on Shout It Out where 27-year-old Taylor belts like a blue-eyed soul man. The best cuts – the piano-driven “Waiting for This,” the rolling “Kiss Me When You Come Home” – split the difference between the group’s ambitions. And “Thinkin’ ‘Bout Somethin’” is the most fun they’ve had on record since “MMMBop.” Hanson mostly stay away from the heavy-handed navel-gazing of their last album, 2007’s The Walk, filling Shout It Out with the sort of soulful pop that made them teen stars. MMMbop, indeed.

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