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Middle Of Nowhere

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After buying into Bush and Alanis Morissette, Hanson is just what we deserve--Silverchair by way of the Partridge Family, the first pretty-boy fake alt rock group that doesn't pretend to be anything but. If only for truth in advertising, Hanson deserves our admiration. But as it happens, Middle of Nowhere, the debut album from Tulsa brothers Isaac, Taylor, and Zachary Hanson, warrants attention for other reasons as well. At their best, as on "MMMBop" or "Thinking of You," Hanson makes perfect '90s bubblegum, Jackson Five vocal interplay offset by slick power pop guitars and sharp hip-hop production care of the Dust Brothers. Even the more questionable material, such as the cheesy ballads "Weird" and "I Will Come to You," is--at worst--music for, about, and by kids sixteen and under. Such songs are not only more palatable coming from a 13-year-old than from a post-grad, given the age of the writers, the lyrics are actually pretty darn sharp. Granted, these lads had help with both the songwriting (including veterans Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil on the weakest track) and instrumentation (a full cast of session men) on Middle of Nowhere. Still, as young writers and musicians with an indisputably authentic three-part harmony, Hanson is as real a band as it needs to be. Real enough, at least, to be a perfect antidote to MTV's other poster boys, Marilyn Manson. --Roni Sarig


1. Thinking Of You
2. MMMBop
3. Weird
4. Speechless
5. Where's The Love
6. Yearbook
7. Look At You
8. Lucy
9. I Will Come To You
10. A Minute Without You
11. Madeline
12. With You In Your Dreams
13. Untitled
14. Untitled
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: May 6, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001ES7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
first of all, i would like to say that i am not biased about this cd because of the people in the group. i heard mmmbop on the radio, liked, it, & bought the album. at this time i had never even seen the guys & i didn't know anything about them. i started liking the people of hanson after i had already fallen in love with the music. to a close-minded person, songs like the poppy "mmmbop"(by which the group is most widely known) might sound like a meaningless repetition of a meaningless word, but had they actually listened to the verses they would have seen how deceiving a catchy chorus of little meaning can be. these 11, 14, & 16 year old boys tell us to "hold on to the ones who really care cuz in the end they'll be the only ones there." in "where's the love" they solve the problem of war(see title of song). ballads like "i will come to you" don't have to relate just to a boyfriend or girlfriend like most songs these days, but can mean anyone close to you. also, many ppl see a title like "weird" & probably think it's something about aliens or something.(sorry, the alien song is in the bonus track.) "weird talks about trying to fit in in a "cookie-cutter world" & "reaching for a hand that'll understand - someone who feels the same." of course i'd like totalk about every song on this album, but i won't. i'm just hoping that you'll be open minded about people, no matter how old they are, what they look like, or how long their hair is. i personally love hanson's music & know that it doesn't matter whether or not you're accepted by the world, because even if people don't like you or them, God does. BTW, they write their own songs, play their own instrments, & make up the harmonies themselves. (sorry this review is so long)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2000
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I don't care about the looks, I'm just a fan of the music... And I'm not 12 years old, mind you, and neither are many of the other people who found "Middle of Nowhere" likable -- many adults like Hanson, too. I don't care how many CDs you have, and I don't care about your life story, either. You've got to relize something about Hanson and "Middle of Nowhere". This was written/co-written and co-produced by the band Hanson themselves, when Ike was 16, Tay was 14, and when Zac was 11. You have got to be crazy not to think that these boys (yes, they are boys) are talented. You have to admit it, even if you don't like their music. What's more, they play their own instruments. Why don't you go bother BSB or *N SYNC or something because, unlike the hard working Hanson bros., they don't write their music, they don't write their lyrics, they don't play instruments for their music, and their music isn't good anyway. But take "M.O.N.": It's not my favorite, but I really like it a lot. The songs were written from the band's personal expriences ("With You In Your Dreams" and "MMMBop"- you just have to listen to the words) and what teens really feel and think ("Weird", "Thinking of You", ect., ect.). All *N SYNC ever sings about is breaking up with some girl, still loving that girl, and wanting her back. One theme. On one of Hanson's very mature songs, "Weird" (which happens to be my favorite Hanson song), they sing about feeling left out and wishing someone was there who understood them. I don't care how old you are, everyone has felt that why or will feel that way or do feel that way.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is one of the best that i own. I bought it a long time ago and it just keeps me hooked. It's amazing how such young people can create such great music, all co-writing on the songs, if not writing them entirely themselves. And the fact that they play their own instruments and sing, and write the music, just makes it that much more genuine. It honestly is a good cd. with great music!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MentholCig on March 11, 2004
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The only reason people are slagging Hanson is because they can't stand three adorable kids... who happen to have all the musical talent and skill that whiny pop-punk bands don't have an ounce of. They're just jealous of Hanson. Whomever can like Kut U Up, Blink-182, Green Day, AFI, annd Smile Empty Soul over a genuine band like Hanson just hates everyone around them because they can't get a ride to the mall. If I was like those fake, plastic goth wannabes, I'd tell them they need to lighten up before someone puts their lights out, but since I believe in tolerance and kindness, I'll just say to they should lighten up their life with Hanson. Anyway, looking at Middle of Nowhere from a fresh perspective after hearing it for the first time in '97, it's still as good as it ever was, and I'm happy to admit it stands the test of time. I hope the young generation of today can appreciate this album without getting all the "teenie bopper" flak that original Hanson fans got back when MON was first released. From all both standpoints, lyrically and especially musically, MON rocks in a very genuine way, and that's one of the highest praises I could day about a record. Sure, the Hanson boys were weren't even old enough to drive when they released it, but that shouldn't be a determining factor in whether you like what you hear on MON. I found it quite funny and spot-on when a previous reviewer likened Green Day to Clay Aiken because they're both fixated on modelng their public image and allow it sell their albums. Due to each one's lack of talent and skill, the media image they've created quite a while ago is all they can rely on for their present popularity. Billie Joe uses his dyed hair and arsehole attitude to get preteens to buy his albums and Clay Aiken uses his safe, prettyboy looks.Read more ›
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