AMERICAN PROFILE
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The Walk
Hanson
CD ($15.98)
If you only remember this shaggy, sunny pop trio of Tulsa-based teen brothers from their infectiously hooky 1997 hit “MmmBop,” you’re in for a surprise. Now ten years down the road, they’re older, wiser and more musically seasoned, making this collection of 14 new songs an invigorating display of catchy melodies, rockin’ rhythms and themes that have evolved well beyond adolescence. The opening track, “Great Divide,” inspired by the siblings’ trip last year to Africa where they witnessed firsthand the devastation of AIDS, features a children’s choir recorded in the cafeteria of a Mozambique orphanage.
—Neil Pond, American Profile


first appeared: 9/2/2007