Review: Hanson - The Walk
Written by Kate C. Harding
Published June 23, 2007
But it’s not too late to catch up. Completely independent now on their own label 3CG Records, the Hanson brothers are doing things their own way and it just so turns out that their way is catchy pop masked inside a hefty layer of totally accessible folk rock.
With a little bit of soul, a heavy dose of rock, and a whole lot of heart, this album is both mature and very self-aware. What I love most is that while middle sibling Taylor has a unique and powerful voice, they have made the decision not to let it overpower the adroit guitar playing, which takes precedence on nearly every track.
My one criticism is the addition of youngest brother and drummer Zac as lead vocalist on the two songs “Go” and “Running Man.” He actually has a very strong voice, in a much deeper timbre than Taylor, but I feel that the songs he was given are two of the weakest here. It is not a good showcase for him and I could have done without the tracks altogether.
“Been There Before” is one of the best songs and should absolutely be released as a single. It’s a story about the history of rock ‘n roll and about what music can do for the soul. With its blues-inspired guitar, it will be good for yours.
If you do nothing else, download “Great Divide.” The song about hope features vocals from an African children’s choir that the band met while traveling to learn more about the AIDS crisis. It is both haunting and uplifting and should be this generation’s “We Are the World.”
Forget “MmmBop.” Give grown-up Hanson a chance. If you’re a fan of indie rock you won’t regret it.
#1 — June 23, 2007 @ 19:22PM — biz
:)<3 hanson <3
#2 — June 23, 2007 @ 23:00PM — Melissa
#3 — June 24, 2007 @ 10:21AM — Claire
Although the comment on Zac singing lead - he sings on three more tracks on the record as well as the two mentioned (Fire On The Mountain, Tearing It Down and The Walk), and I think he does a pretty good job. The switching of lead vocals mixes the album up a bit and I think it sounds fresher for it.
#4 — June 28, 2007 @ 09:02AM — kajsa
#5 — June 28, 2007 @ 09:30AM — Kate C. Harding [URL]
I'd like to say that I really do enjoy Zac's voice. It's quite strong. I just think it would be showcased so much better in stronger songs.
Overall, a fantastic album. I have no fear of say that I'm a Hanson fan. Rock on!
#7 — July 11, 2007 @ 21:38PM — Kate C. Harding
I think the most important thing when reviewing is to give an overall impression of the album. I find, personally, when I READ someone else's review, I don't like a song by song analysis. I find it too tedious and that it doesn't leave enough room for me to form my own opinions. That's why I don't mention every song.
I mentioned Zac's two particular songs, becuse I found them to be noteworthy, not necessarily because of his singing, but because I found the songs to be weak spots in the album. But of course, reviewers are just music lovers too, so we're all bound to diagree, right?
I will say, though, that I ALWAYS listen to the full album, most of the time, three to four times, if I have enough time before my deadline.
But, like I said, I really apreciate the feedback. That's what's so great about BC.
#8 — August 3, 2007 @ 10:22AM — Andrea
I'm curious, though, have you reviewed any of Hanson's other albums? Why did you choose to review this one?
#9 — August 3, 2007 @ 13:52PM — Kate C. Harding [URL]
I reviewed this one because it came across the BC desk and I snatched it up because I have also thought that Hanson has long been underappreciated and thought, should the album be as good as I expected it to, that it might provide them some quality feedback and press.
#10 — September 29, 2007 @ 01:27AM — J
#11 — March 23, 2008 @ 06:03AM — christy
#12 — March 23, 2008 @ 06:06AM — christy