Walk [Bonus Tracks]

Walk [Bonus Tracks]

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by Hanson
     
 

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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 differentSee more details below

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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.

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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+]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
Label:
Three Car Garage
UPC:
0881861070223
catalogNumber:
10702
Rank:
75610

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Performance Credits

Hanson   Primary Artist
Zac Hanson   Acoustic Guitar
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
Walker Hanson   Hand Clapping
Kenneth Wyatt   Bass,Harmonica
William James McAuley   Acoustic Guitar
Zachary Hanson   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Diana Hanson   Hand Clapping
River Hanson   Hand Clapping
Palesa Khokeletso   Choir Director
Chris Rezanson   Triangle,Bells,Sampling
DD Dliwayo School Choir, Soweto, South Africa   Vocals
Zoe Hanson   Hand Clapping
Jessica Hanson   Hand Clapping
River Hanson   Hand Clapping
Ezra Hanson   Hand Clapping
Avery Hanson   Hand Clapping
Kate Hanson   Hand Clapping
Nikki Hanson   Hand Clapping
Iris Ministries Zimpeto Center Choir   Vocals
Penelope Hanson   Hand Clapping
Mackenzie Hanson   Hand Clapping
Natalie Hanson   Hand Clapping
Kevin Wyatt   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Zac Hanson   Composer
Danny Kortchmar   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Hanson   Audio Production
Isaac Hanson   Composer,Engineer,Digital Editing
Taylor Hanson   Composer
Bleu   Audio Production
Craig Alvin   Engineer
Adam Zappa   Engineer

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