The Walk [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Going independent was not only the best choice for Hanson, it was in many ways their only choice: they needed to prove that they could stand on their own as a band, to find their way into adulthood on their own. As they were leaving their adolescence behind, they began to battle the major labels, who thought the band should go in a different direction than the trio itself did, eventually leading them to form their own label, 3CG Records, releasing Underneath in 2004 as their first indie release. It showcased a band with exceptional pop smarts -- the kind of instincts that make for great pop records but don't really have much of an outlet in the 2000s outside of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Going independent was not only the best choice for Hanson, it was in many ways their only choice: they needed to prove that they could stand on their own as a band, to find their way into adulthood on their own. As they were leaving their adolescence behind, they began to battle the major labels, who thought the band should go in a different direction than the trio itself did, eventually leading them to form their own label, 3CG Records, releasing Underneath in 2004 as their first indie release. It showcased a band with exceptional pop smarts -- the kind of instincts that make for great pop records but don't really have much of an outlet in the 2000s outside of independent releases. Its 2007 follow-up, The Walk, is very much in the same vein, except it reveals the band developing a bit of a middlebrow adult contemporary streak, best heard in the plodding wannabe anthem "Watch Over Me," which is a bit too self-conscious in its good intentions. As always, Hanson shines when they devote themselves to pure pop, and The Walk has several exceptional moments here, including the deliriously good "Running Man," which shivers and shakes like classic '70s soft rock; the sleek, funky "Tearing It Down"; the bubbly, infectious "I've Been Down," propelled by a classic electric piano riff that brings it close to the bastard son of Steve Winwood and Billy Joel; the closing "Something Going Round," which updates "MMMBop" by keeping things lean and muscular. Even "Got a Hold on Me," heard on the bonus track-laden American version, demonstrates where they could go with their ballads, in how it marries a spooky verse evocative of Radiohead complete with an extraneous cancer reference to a poppy chorus -- it feels more natural, and is more memorable than much of the muddled middlebrow ballads here. Fortunately, that midtempo murk may loom large in the memory but doesn't really make for too much of the record -- enough to be noticeable, but not enough to make The Walk anything less than another very enjoyable pop album from Hanson. It's just that there's an excellent, tight, concise pop masterpiece buried within this slightly overstuffed but worthy record.
Entertainment Weekly - Leah Greenblatt
When did Hanson become Maroon 3?....the apple-cheeked brothers have a shockingly similar (if decidedly less slick) funk-rock fixation. [B+]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • Label: Three Car Garage
  • UPC: 881861070223
  • Catalog Number: 10702
  • Sales rank: 45,251

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (Ngi Ne Themba) (0:24)
  2. 2 Great Divide (3:59)
  3. 3 Been There Before (3:32)
  4. 4 Georgia (3:47)
  5. 5 Watch Over Me (4:54)
  6. 6 Running Man (3:41)
  7. 7 Go (4:04)
  8. 8 Fire on the Mountain (2:42)
  9. 9 One More (4:10)
  10. 10 Blue Sky (3:37)
  11. 11 Tearing It Down (3:04)
  12. 12 Something Going Round (3:13)
  13. 13 Your Illusion (5:00)
  14. 14 The Walk (5:04)
  15. 15 Got a Hold on Me (3:08)
  16. 16 I've Been Down (2:53)
  17. 17 Something Going Round (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hanson Primary Artist
Danny Kortchmar Conga
Miles Zuniga Guitar, Soloist
Isaac Hanson Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer Strings
Taylor Hanson Percussion, Piano, Drums, Horn, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Clavinet, Bells, Wurlitzer, Toy Piano, Synthesizer Strings
Kenneth Wyatt Bass, Harmonica
Zachary Hanson Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals
River Hanson Hand Clapping
Palesa Khokeletso Choir Director
Chris Rezanson Triangle, Bells, Sampling
Technical Credits
Zac Hanson Composer
Danny Kortchmar Programming, Producer
Isaac Hanson Composer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Taylor Hanson Composer
Craig Alvin Engineer
Adam Zappa Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Hanson CD yet!

    Wow! It's almost hard to believe how far the 90s teeny-bopper Hanson bros have come in the past 10 years! I've been a fan from the very beginning and, I have to say, The Walk is by far my favorite Hanson CD! These songs are genius and the lyrics on songs such as "Georgia", "Watch Over Me", and "The Walk" (my personal favorite song)are so beautifully written. These songs are very ecclectic, some upbeat and some slow ballads. This CD finally made me get up and by tickets to see this terrific trio on the "The Walk Tour" in May. Hanson has done it again! I TOTALLY recommend The Walk!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a change from their first album

    This album is the best of them yet! I was a fan in the begining and i am still a fan of the Tulsa Trio and i will be a fan for years to come!! Their music is like they are telling a story of what has happend and Telling us that it will be ok and that Karma is always going to put the person who hurt them in the place where they belong!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Walk To Remember

    As an avid Hanson fan from the start, I stand here 10 years later in complete awe. Seperating from their label Def Jam during the production of 'Underneath', Hanson has been making exceptional music with their own self created lable, 3CG records. 'The Walk' not only stands out as an exceptional record, with upbeat music, but it actually MEANS something. These three amazing men do 'Walks' in every city on their 'Walk Tour' to raise awareness for the poverty and AIDS stricken Africa. This album, and the help of Tom's shoes, has made them out not only to be amazing musicians... but musicians with a heart and soul for what they do and their fans who have been with them all the way. Exceptional, inspiring, amazing, The Walk is definitely worth buying to check out for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    OK, I'll be the first to admit that I was not a fan of Hanson in their "mmmbopp stage". However, they have now matured to a band that writes and plays not what other people want, but what they feel is right for them. I didn't know they were around any more until I saw their Great Divide music video on the tv. As I watched that video I had no idea who the band was, but I certainly had to find out. Much to my great surprise it was Hanson. I went back and bought their previous album Underneath and it was good, I liked most of the tracks. Then when this album came out I had to check it out. Up to the release I downloaded the podcast from iTunes and watched their Underneath podcast which exposes the American Music Industry and the corruption that money has done. Then they had a podcast for The Walk which featured the making of just about every track. I kid you not, by watching this podcast I had a greater appreciation for all bands that wrote and played their own music. Now about The Walk. This is an absolutely great album that I think a lot of people would like if they didn't know it was by Hanson. As a band they have such a negative stigma in America and if you liked them as a kid, well, you just didn't let anyone know. This album is completely different. I played some of the tracks for friends without telling them the artist and they loved it. When I told them it was Hanson they were blown away. I can listen to this album without skipping over any tracks. **Great Divide** - Has a gospel feel to it without going too far. They incorporate the rock nicely with the guitar and drum beats that really pull everything together. **Been There Before** - This is honestly my favorite track, it has an infectious beat that gets everyone moving their heads. Really great melodies and interesting lyrics. **Georgia** - A typical track of sorts, but has an upbeat tempo that keeps you entertained. **Watch Over Me** - This is just a great track lyrically. "She waits and takes her place in line, never bothers asking why. The mirror sheds no light at all. The days turn into lesser days until there's only night and light wouldn't help... she's too far gone." It is a song that everyone can relate to, everyone knows someone like that. A person that is stuck in a rut and daily seems to be going in the same direction. It would be a sad song, but Isaac has that gruff voice that strains in the high notes and makes into a bit of an alternative track. **Running Man** - A "party track" as it says in the first couple seconds. Totally upbeat, not totally rock, but the vocals are excellent. **Go** - Ok, there is a music video out about this one so I'll let you form your own opinion... YouTube it. **Fire On the Mountain** - Powerful message and it isn't hidden, they put it out there and if you have any background in the subject you'll get it.... "We sit secure in time-honored traditions made. Never wondering where or when the Sickle may come. If we don't seek our knowledge to be greater men. When the rain Starts falling gonna drown before we get our feet wet." **One More** - The piano ties holds this track together. A bit slower than most of the other tracks, except Go. However, it isn't that horribly slow mushy track. This one also has a great message. **Blue Sky** - Comes in nicely after a slower track and is upbeat with a bit of the African choir that can be heard in Great Divide. **Tearing It Down** - While Blue Sky had almost a painful note in the vocals this track is a bit more smooth. However, the track doesn't stop - you can always hear the drums and the guitar through everything. **Something Goin' Round** -"Are you falling asleep at the wheel? Maybe there's a feeling you've been pushing off." ... "I've got this something thats been going r

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