Official NateShealy.com Review
Shout it Out by Hanson
I know I promised this awhile ago and quite some time has passed. To be honest, this review was a little difficult for me. I had a hard time forming a concrete opinion of this album that I could put into a blog post. In fact, I’m still not really sure where this will go; this is going to be an on the spot flow so prepare yourself…
If you know me at all, you know that I have always loved Hanson. They were my musical influence and Zac Hanson was one of the reasons I wanted to play the drums. Most of this review will reflect a lot of Zac in it.
If you don’t really know about Hanson’s situation, I suggest you go read my post about it Here.
Let’s get the bad news out first… And I say this with great respect to Zac. I’d like to take you back in time to around the Middle of Nowhere era. Zac was a crazy little kid who always had a smile on his face. If you watch a performance from back then, and one now, there’s a big change. He’s just not as lively and charismatic as he used to be…. And below, you will find my opinion why I believe this is happening.
I don’t think he’s challeging himself as a drummer. Using this album, Shout it Out, as an example, this problem is apparent. Almost all of the drum beats are very basic and straight forward, the only real exception to that is the track titled “And I Waited” where Zac uses some off beat accents. This is really my only negative critcism of the album.
The album is definitely sticking to the matured Hanson theme. Taylor’s vocals give it some what of a Motown feel to it. Every song we get the recognizable Hanson harmony. Upbeat, romantic, over all I think this album is absolutely worth buying. My favorite track on this album is “Carry You There”.
Is it their best work? Given the circumstances of their position in the industry, I’d say it’s definitely quality.
Official Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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