Shout It Out
In the dozen-plus years since their breakthrough song, the three Hanson brothers have been trying to both live up to and live down “MMMBop.” Their eighth album reaches a compromise. After spending the past decade proving their chops with R&B-style workouts, Isaac, Taylor, and Zac return to the pop that made them famous. But there are also plenty of times on Shout It Out where 27-year-old Taylor belts like a blue-eyed soul man. The best cuts — the piano-driven “Waiting for This,” the rolling “Kiss Me When You Come Home” — split the difference between the group’s ambitions. And “Thinkin’ ‘Bout Somethin’” is the most fun they’ve had on record since “MMMBop.” Hanson mostly stay away from the heavy-handed navel-gazing of their last album, 2007’s The Walk, filling Shout It Out with the sort of soulful pop that made them teen stars. MMMbop, indeed. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)
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