RANKING OF HANSON'S ALBUMS
As a HUGE Hanson fan for the past 18 years, I've had plenty of time to think about this. Not included: EPs, Fan club singles, live albums, or their incredible Christmas album, Snowed In.
- •The Walk (2007)Partially recorded in Africa, there is very clearly a deep meaning in every song on here. Years later, some songs still send shivers down my spine. Best tracks: "Been There Before," "The Great Divide," "Something Going Round."
- •Underneath (2004)Their first album on their own independent record label, 3CG, Underneath set the tone for what the band was to become. This was their first foray into a more mature pop rock sound and they nailed it. Best tracks: "Penny & Me," "Lost Without Each Other," "Crazy Beautiful."
- •Middle of Nowhere (1997)The one that started it all. Were it not for this album, no one would know the three boys from Tulsa. The beauty of this album is that it holds up, and the songs from it sound just as good today as they did then. Best tracks: "Speechless," "A Minute Without You," "Where's the Love," "Mmmbop."
- •Anthem (2013)Their most recent album, Anthem is a return to the solid pop rock the band is great at creating. Each song tells a unique story and feels like it could be, for lack of a better word, an anthem for parts of life. Best tracks: "Lost Without You," "Already Home," "Tragic Symphony," "Tonight."
- •This Time Around (2000)A solid sophomore album but lacking some of the lasting power of Middle of Nowhere. Knowing that the band's label had just been sold to a hip hop group who wanted to change their style, however, proves that the three can still create great music under difficult circumstances. Best tracks: "If Only," "Hand in Hand," "A Song to Sing."
- •Shout it Out (2010)I know this album is ranked last, but it's not because it's a bad album. It's just not as good as the others. It's a fun, dance-y album but does not delve much deeper lyrically or harmonically as the others do. Best tracks: "Thinking 'Bout Something," "Make It Out Alive," "These Walls."