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  1. The disc doesn't just contain one or two Top 40 hits, but rather a proliferation of truly excellent songs.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 70
    That's right, we're talking stadium rock.
  5. 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.
  6. 70
    This Time Around scores with more sophisticated harmonies and storytelling.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. lizyums
    Dec 7, 2001
    not only did Hanson continue to prove their talent in writing with TTA but they revealed a new mature side that they've had all along! great album, could sell like hot cakes if people could only forget about those mmmbop days... Expand
  2. FranciW.
    Jul 1, 2004
    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. Expand
  3. AmandaD.
    Nov 28, 2005
    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! Expand
  4. AprilM.
    Sep 18, 2007
    I love the song "If Only" on this album.
  5. LauraV.
    May 24, 2005
    It is a brilliant album!

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