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Album Review: Hanson – Shout It Out

By on Friday, 4th June 2010 at 2:00 pm

This coming week, Hanson is releasing their new album, ‘Shout it Out’ on their own label: 3CG Records. It will be their fifth full-length studio album, and that’s not counting their many EPs, live albums and fan club CDs. Lead singer Taylor Hanson told Billboard.com that “every record is important, but this one feels like… a reflection not just of right now but a selection of things we’ve been putting in records for the last fifteen years.” And that is a perfect description of this album: the sound is both reminiscent of “old school” Hanson, with its upbeat feel and it’s catchy hooks, and something completely new for them. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of this band of brothers, especially if you read the live review that was posted yesterday, so you can imagine how excited I was to hear this album. As I listened to it for the first time, during each song I thought to myself  “surely THIS is the best song on the album,” only to think the same thing about the next one, so a track-by-track account of the album seems to be necessary!

Follow the cut for a track-by-track review of the album!

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Live Review: Hanson at Bamboozle Roadshow, Merriweather Post Pavillion, 21 May 2010

By on Thursday, 3rd June 2010 at 2:00 pm

As hard as I may try, objectivity is never really going to be possible for me when it comes to Hanson. I’ve been a fan for about 13 years now, and when you’ve loved a band for more than half of your life, you do crazy things like drive an hour in each direction just to watch them play for a half hour. Their short set came late in the day of the Bamboozle Roadshow, a travelling version of the Bamboozle Festival, which also featured bands like Boys Like Girls, Good Charlotte and Forever the Sickest Kids.

I was a bit worried about the reception that they’d get, because even if they were a band that wasn’t perpetually pre-judged, their music didn’t exactly fit the mold of the other bands who were playing. In fact, I’d say that during their set, only about half of the pit was their fans, and the rest were waiting for the bands that were playing later. There were large pockets of Hanson fans present, though, and I got into a discussion with a few of them about the likelihood of them playing ‘Mmmbop’. I thought they wouldn’t, and turned out to be right. My reasoning was this: ‘Mmmbop’ is a great song, and their most famous, but it is nowhere near their best. They always play it during headlining gigs, where it takes on a special very special meaning: most Hanson fans have grown up with the band, so going to a Hanson gig can feel a bit like going to a family reunion, and ‘Mmmbop’ was the song that started it all and brought us all together. But in a relatively “hostile” environment with such a short amount of time to play, they focused primarily on music from their new album, ‘Shout it Out,’ which will be released next week.

With the exception  of ‘A Minute Without You’ and ‘Penny and Me,’ everything that they played was new. Fans sang along to their new single ‘Thinkin’ Bout Somethin” and free download ‘Waiting for This,’ but even the relatively unknown songs had everyone grooving. As brothers who’ve been performing together for about 15 years now, they played with a confidence that was mesmerizing and their voices and instruments complimented each other perfectly. And though they’re music “veterans” at such a young age (Zac, Taylor and Isaac are 24, 27 and 29, respectively), they still put the same irresistible energy and passion into their performances as they always have. Rather than the serious social commentary of their last album, ‘The Walk'(2007), their new songs channel the 1950s and 1960s rock ‘n’ roll that they listened to growing up, and are as irresistibly catchy as the infamous ‘Mmmbop.’ Hear ‘Give a Little’ live, and by the second time the chorus comes around, I defy you not to sing along with Taylor:   “Give a little heart and soul / Let your body lose control / Give a little oh, oh, oh / Give a little! / Wrap your arms around her / Give a little!”

I’d recommend a Hanson show to anyone, even if it is painfully short and book-ended by bands you don’t care for, but if you get the chance to see them headline, then make sure to go — it’s an experience you’ll never forget.


Set List Behind the Cut!

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Video of the Moment #255: Hanson

By on Tuesday, 20th April 2010 at 6:00 pm

Think back 13 years to the Spring of 1997, when a band of 3 brothers, aged 11, 14 and 16, stormed the charts with their infectious debut single, ‘Mmmbop.’ How much has your life changed since then? How different are you now from when you were that age? Well, Hanson has changed, too. While the majority of the music world has chosen only to view Hanson as “that band that looked like girls” or “that Mmmbop band,” loyal Hanson fans have been in for a real treat. Since their debut album, ‘Middle of Nowhere,’ was released in May of ’97, the band has released a Christmas album, 2 live albums, 3 EPs and 3 studio albums, and their sound has evolved into something quite different from what you probably remember.

While they’ll always be somewhere on the pop/rock spectrum, ever since they split with Island/Def Jam in 2001 over a lack of creative freedom and formed their own label, 3cG Records, their sound has veered much further towards rock. (Have a listen to 2004’s ‘Lost Without Each Other’, 2007’s ‘Great Divide’, and their 2005 live cover of Radiohead‘s ‘Optimistic’.) But with ‘Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’,’ the first single from their upcoming 4th studio album, ‘Shout it Out,’ they’re taking it back to their roots. As Isaac Hanson says in his latest blog entry, “When we first started playing music together in the early 90’s there were two seminal things that inspired us to make music: Time Life-1958 [and] The Blues Brothers.” So in anticipation of the album’s release in June and their sold out 5-night residency at New York’s Gramercy Theater later this month, they’ve released a new video for ‘Thinking ‘Bout Somethin” that is an homage to the ‘Shake A Tail Feather’ dance sequence in Blues Brothers. Directed by Todd Edwards of Blue Yonder Films and starring professional dancers, local residents and fans alike, they shut down Greenwood Avenue in their hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma to film this joyous, Summer-y video. Check it out below and let us know what you think.



Monday Movies: 28th July

By on Monday, 28th July 2008 at 9:01 pm

Alphabeat: Boyfriend
Cheesy, classic pop from the Danish geniuses. Nothing too complicated, nothing too mould breaking.

We Are Scientists – Impatient
Who doesn’t love this New York duo? Another sterling video from them featuring lots of hair.

Hanson: MMMBop
Now, who doesn’t love this? Simply, pure pop magic.


The week ahead: Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd April 2007

By on Sunday, 15th April 2007 at 5:26 pm

This week it seems lots of bands are on tour, but not many BIG bands, which gives you lots of choice. If I’ve missed anything out, or anyone has any spare tickets for anything in London on Tuesday night let me know and we can sort something out!

First up, Bloc Party continue their week long tour of the UK that they began last night in Cambridge, moving on to play Wolverhampton tonight, Plymouth Pavillions on Monday, Blackpool Empress Ballroom on Wednesday, and finally London’s Brixton Academy on Thursday and Friday. Tickets available from See Tickets for some dates, as well as some of the venue box offices.

On some dates Bloc Party will be supported by Biffy Clyro, who also play a date at Stoke Sugarmill on Tuesday as a warm up for their Bloc Party warm up dates and their May tour. Tickets on sale here.

The 2007 Camden Crawl takes place on Thursday and Friday in London, including all the best up and coming talent from accross London at some of the best Camden venues.

Zane Lowe favourites Cold War Kids embark on the start of their tour on Wednesday in Bristol, before moving on to Nottingham and Manchester. They then tour the rest of the country in the following two weeks. Tickets available from See Tickets again.

Teenage girl favourites Hanson embark on a short UK tour covering Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday respectively. They also play Koko in London on Sunday. Tickets from here and venue box offices.

Jamie T embarks on a full UK tour in Southampton next Saturday, before Norwich on Sunday and the rest of the UK in the coming two weeks. Tickets from here.

Kings of Leon embark on a full UK tour tonight in Plymouth, covering just about everywhere. Tickets from here.

Lostprophets UK Arena tour kicks off this week, covering Manchester, Birmingham and London’s Wembley Arena this week. Tickets from here.

Crazily moustached Luke Toms embarks on his own tour on Wednesday in Liverpool. He’s been the support band of choice for a fair few bands in recent months: Keane, Thirteen Senses and The Feeling. Tickets here.

Paulo Nutini starts his UK tour of larger theatres on Tuesday, playing just about everywhere, including a four night home town stand in early May. Tickets here.

Other Zane Lowe favourites The Enemy continue their UK tour on Monday night, taking in most mid-sized venues in the UK. Tickets here.

I was hoping to be able to see Switches at London’s 100 Club on Tuesday, however tickets have now sold out, so I won’t be. Tickets for their UK tour here.

Dundee favourites The View play a variety of venues out and about this week, mostly sold out, however there are still a few tickets for the Forum date in London next Saturday. Tickets here.

Last but not least, girl band The Pipettes play their largest tour to date, all over the UK playing mid-size venues. Tickets here.


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