Michelle S. (Chelly10s) from W HOLLYWOOD, CA Reviewed on 9/1/2010...
This CD is more than just "Mmmbop". Though young during this CD's release, the Hanson brothers were musically talented and they had help from some of the best in the business. The group's later musical ventures are certainly more mature and technically solid, but this a very respectable debut album, if you can get past the cheesiness of "Mmmbop" and enjoy it for the sunny pop music it is.
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Amy T. (simplyamy) from DAKOTA DUNES, SD Reviewed on 8/16/2007...
AWESOME, even though it's a bunch of kids!
This really is good.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't care about the looks, I'm just a fan of the music... And I'm not 12 years old, mind you, and neither are many of the other people who found "Middle of Nowhere" likable -- many adults like Hanson, too. I don't care how many CDs you have, and I don't care about your life story, either. You've got to relize something about Hanson and "Middle of Nowhere". This was written/co-written and co-produced by the band Hanson themselves, when Ike was 16, Tay was 14, and when Zac was 11. You have got to be crazy not to think that these boys (yes, they are boys) are talented. You have to admit it, even if you don't like their music. What's more, they play their own instruments. Why don't you go bother BSB or *N SYNC or something because, unlike the hard working Hanson bros., they don't write their music, they don't write their lyrics, they don't play instruments for their music, and their music isn't good anyway. But take "M.O.N.": It's not my favorite, but I really like it a lot. The songs were written from the band's personal expriences ("With You In Your Dreams" and "MMMBop"- you just have to listen to the words) and what teens really feel and think ("Weird", "Thinking of You", ect., ect.). All *N SYNC ever sings about is breaking up with some girl, still loving that girl, and wanting her back. One theme. On one of Hanson's very mature songs, "Weird" (which happens to be my favorite Hanson song), they sing about feeling left out and wishing someone was there who understood them. I don't care how old you are, everyone has felt that why or will feel that way or do feel that way. "Thinking of You" is about a boy with a crush on some girl, but can't be with her (I guess because he can't tell her how he feels about her). Everyone feels like that. "With You In Your Dreams" was written by Hanson alone for their dieing grandmother. I don't care what you say, these boys DO have talent, even if you think this CD is bad or good!My favorits: "Weird" (my most fave), "MMMBop", "Madeline", "Yearbook", and "Look at You, Baby".I really don't like "Thinking of You" and "Lucy", but they're okay.The rest of the songs are really good, too.They don't really sound like the Jackson 5, but some of Hanson's songs have a 60's and 70's sound to them. Also, "Weird", "Yearbook", "I Will Come To You", and "With You In Your Dreams" are very mature and are NOT (I repeat; NOT) "teeny-bopper"!"
Pure sunshine, music loved by an incredibly wide audience, g
sparrowgirl65 | planet earth | 10/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Frankly, this album would be worth buying just for "Mmmbop". It's pure sunshine. It's one of the great pop hits of its decade. Still a blast to hear it. Mmmbop and some of the other songs would be great even if they hadn't been made by three kids. The music is incredibly "up", it takes you to a different place. That's great pop. It's also truly kid friendly, but you don't buy it because it's kid friendly, you buy it because you can't resist the sound of Mmmbop. I think one of the things that's interesting about this album is that it attracted a very wide audience. I know a lot of people who are seriously into rock, blues, and other music genres who have this album in their collection because they couldn't resist it. This album attracted reviews by serious critics. It was a phenomenon. Anyway, I dare you to put "Mmmbop" on and not bob your head, drum on your desk or steering wheel, or dance around the room with your kids."
Young Hanson popular for a reason
Skylight | Chattanooga | 05/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Middle of Nowhere has talent, young yes, but talent, energy, power and an optimism that translates through every song. This is a fun "upper" cd that doesn't deserve the snide remarks of elitest music critics. Hey, they were just getting started! My favorite songs are "Thinking of You" (this is an incredible song, I love it); "MMMBop"(of course!); "Where's the Love" (Taylor gives his all on this one!); "I Will Come to You" (everybody likes this one); "A Minute Without You" (Isaac sings lead! One of my absolute favorite Hanson songs!!) "Man From Milwaukee" (you just have to hear for yourself.) Remember they wrote a lot (all?) of the music and played and sang it all. And they're only better with a little age. Check out their other cds, especially Underneath."
The ones who care will be the only ones there (for you)
MentholCig | SA | 03/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The only reason people are slagging Hanson is because they can't stand three adorable kids... who happen to have all the musical talent and skill that whiny pop-punk bands don't have an ounce of. They're just jealous of Hanson. Whomever can like Kut U Up, Blink-182, Green Day, AFI, annd Smile Empty Soul over a genuine band like Hanson just hates everyone around them because they can't get a ride to the mall. If I was like those fake, plastic goth wannabes, I'd tell them they need to lighten up before someone puts their lights out, but since I believe in tolerance and kindness, I'll just say to they should lighten up their life with Hanson. Anyway, looking at Middle of Nowhere from a fresh perspective after hearing it for the first time in '97, it's still as good as it ever was, and I'm happy to admit it stands the test of time. I hope the young generation of today can appreciate this album without getting all the "teenie bopper" flak that original Hanson fans got back when MON was first released. From all both standpoints, lyrically and especially musically, MON rocks in a very genuine way, and that's one of the highest praises I could day about a record. Sure, the Hanson boys were weren't even old enough to drive when they released it, but that shouldn't be a determining factor in whether you like what you hear on MON. I found it quite funny and spot-on when a previous reviewer likened Green Day to Clay Aiken because they're both fixated on modelng their public image and allow it sell their albums. Due to each one's lack of talent and skill, the media image they've created quite a while ago is all they can rely on for their present popularity. Billie Joe uses his dyed hair and arsehole attitude to get preteens to buy his albums and Clay Aiken uses his safe, prettyboy looks. And yeah, Hanson were adorable kids when MON swept the nation, but at least they showcased their talent and well-crafted melodies instead of trying to come up with some false image to feed audiences. If you're not familiar with Hanson, pick up Middle of Nowhere and take a listen. I'm sure you'll love it, especially now that their popularity has died out and you can listen to it with an unbiased ear."