Underneath - Hanson
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  • Summary: The three Hanson brothers (now ranging in age from 19 to 24) return with their third album, a full seven years after first hitting the pop charts.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
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  1. This perfectly pitched record reveals that these hardworking brothers' valiant quest for independence shall be rewarded.
  2. Even though Underneath is a little too polished and Pro Tool-ed, that pop sensibility still rings loud and clear throughout the album, and track for track, it's likely their strongest album, even if it lacks glistening highlights along the lines of "Mmm-Bop."
  3. So all-in-all, with every track practically a text book example of what great pop should sound like, even the ballads, Hanson’s return is a welcome one.
  4. Taylor's delivery is often so slurred that it's hard to decipher what he's singing. [23 Apr 2004]
  5. 60
    There are no future standards, but no sugary returns to childhood, either. [May 2004, p.124]
  6. Singing duties are divided democratically, but the best moments belong to Taylor, the Beyonce of the trio.
  7. There's little to dig here as the guys sound like a three-headed John Mayer or a trio of little Joe Jacksons.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 43
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 43
  3. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. Enbal
    Sep 11, 2004
    It ROCKS!!!
  2. Lilly
    Jul 7, 2004
    Great Cd, still luving Hanson theyve done well,
  3. MaiyuC
    May 11, 2007
    Awesome! Best Album so far!
  4. CaraA
    Sep 11, 2004
    Hanson never fails to amaze me with their deep lyrics and perfect harmonies!:) Hanson is the best band ever
  5. JuliaC.
    Apr 1, 2005
    I was one of those fans back in '97, but I immediately grew disinterested in Hanson due to the emergence of N'Sync, Backstreet Boys, Britney, etc. I even laughed when my friend broke her Middle of Nowhere CD in half. However, three days ago, on a whim, I decided to listen to visit Hanson's site. After listening to a few clips, I ended up getting the album. I was that impressed. Hanson is the perfect, feel-good band and are very talented musicians. Kudos to them. Collapse
  6. RachelL.
    Aug 21, 2005
    This album is a true masterpiece from real musicians who know how to keep their audience amazed. Every year, I anticipate Hanson's next move. In 2004 when Underneath came out, I was astounded by how much musicianship and craft Hanson have created and how they have evolved from the top of the pop charts to the top of the indie labels. Since 1997, Hanson has had me hooked to their catchy lyrics and their flare. This album gets a 10 as this is one of the best albums you could ever consider. Expand
  7. KenW
    Jan 17, 2005
    disappointed overall

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