• Record Label: Island
  • Release Date: May 9, 2000
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Much of This Time Around feels like a conscious attempt at furthering their craft, defining their sound, and honing their songwriting skills. In other words, it's a stab at maturity.
  2. The disc doesn't just contain one or two Top 40 hits, but rather a proliferation of truly excellent songs.
  3. It all adds up to a collection that successfully sets Hanson apart from the current teen-pop phenomenon that it helped start -- at least from a creative perspective.
  4. The trio's desire to grow is less problematic than what they want to grow into--a preternaturally stodgy, somewhat conservative old-school pop-R&B band.
  5. The blond brothers' creative maturity is evident all over the disc's 13 songs.
  6. 70
    This Time Around scores with more sophisticated harmonies and storytelling.
  7. 70
    That's right, we're talking stadium rock.
  8. Hanson's style of maturity is old-fashioned classic rock, which they attack with the zest of kids taking their first cruise down the strip in the old man's vintage Mustang. Without the Dust Brothers helping at the controls, This Time Around has more rock and less funk than Middle of Nowhere, showing off Hanson's deepened harmonies, their expanding instrumental prowess and Taylor's increasingly sexy, bluesy growl.
  9. Make no mistake: This album represents a small step for a band, not a giant leap for mankind. But it is energetic, entertaining and several polymer configurations less plastic than the teenybopper product currently being manufactured in Orlando and elsewhere.
  10. Hanson's second studio album is better than the first.
  11. If you thought they were bad when they were cute, or even that they were cute when they were good, believe me, you don't want to hear them mature.
  12. But damn those cruel hormones - Hanson's collective balls have MmmDropped, and the giddy rush of adolescence seeks to mutate Mercury's finest investment into a trio of crack-voiced hulks.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. FranciW.
    Jul 1, 2004
    10
    This CD is absolutely fabulous. The lyrics are truly deep, and Hanson gets the message across. I love the fact that they're growing, I This CD is absolutely fabulous. The lyrics are truly deep, and Hanson gets the message across. I love the fact that they're growing, I just wish more people would sit up and take notice. These boys have something special, it's called talent, and lately, it's been hard to find. Look no further than Hanson. I'm still floored that the CD was that excellent, but I'm pretty upset that it didn't sell more. It definitely deserves to have. Full Review »
  2. AprilM.
    Sep 18, 2007
    10
    I love the song "If Only" on this album.
  3. AmandaD.
    Nov 28, 2005
    10
    I love Hanson! I've loved them since they first came out! My friends just recently took me to see their concert in Washington DC and I love Hanson! I've loved them since they first came out! My friends just recently took me to see their concert in Washington DC and they kicked ass! Full Review »