Last month, we posted an early review of the new Hanson CD, The Walk, and since there was such a large controversy among the six or seven Hanson fans (and Shrie) in the United States, I have asked my college roommate, Charles Bartholomew Hansen (no relation) to listen to the album and write up an objective review for the official release date, which is today. What follows is his honest to goodness analysis of the album.
Hanson are big boys now. Some of them have even recently forced an attempt at growing facial hair. The Walk is an attempt for them to sound all grown up, and in that regard, they have succeeded. This doesn’t sound like it was recorded by thirteen years old girls, or even fifteen year old boys. What it is though, is pure radio friendly pop. I don’t really see how anyone with half of a soul could find this drivel to be moving…unless perhaps they were missing a chromosome.
I disagree with Andrew though, that the singer, Taylor, sounds like a male Shakira. I would fervently push forth that he is a dead ringer for a male Mariah Carey. The Walk is so overproduced that it makes my ears bleed, among other things. In fact, halfway through the second song, Taylor’s voice made my testicles shrink into something resembling grape nuts. Ouch. It really is that bad. The single, “The Great Divide,” is worthy of delivering a jackhammer to your skull. Check out the free sample here (thanks Maria) if you feel the need for validation (and are really that tired of watching Wheel of Fortune).
-Charles Bartholomew Hanson