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Strings attached: Hanson on their orchestral album and the surprising struggles behind ‘MMMBop’

By | November 8, 2018

Yahoo Twenty-one years ago, when Hanson released one of the earwormiest singles of the ’90s, the Jackson 5-reminiscent “MMMBop,” the song was summarily dismissed by many music snobs as a novelty hit, mere boy-band fluff. However, a new orchestral version of the perennial pop classic on String Theory — the brotherly trio’s career-retrospective double-album featuring… Read More »

First Listen: Hanson, ‘String Theory’

By | November 6, 2018

NPR There must be a dozen ways to process the idea of a double-length, career-spanning album in which the long-running pop band Hanson performs while backed by an orchestra. You could study the new symphonic arrangements, courtesy of Oscar winner David Campbell (a.k.a. Beck’s dad), and pick apart how they compare to the originals. You… Read More »

Review: Hanson, the kings of ‘MMMBop,’ turn to orchestras

By | November 6, 2018

Washington Post The Hanson boys have done everything in their power to get you to listen beyond “MMMBop.” They’ve put out solid new music, live CDs, Christmas albums – OK, lots of Christmas albums – greatest hits collections, and even covers of songs by U2 and Radiohead. Now they’ve gone uptown – they’ve gone orchestral.… Read More »

Gibberish Lyrics

By | November 4, 2018

WBUR EISENBERG: So this game is called Gibberish Lyrics. Jonathan and I will perform a dramatic reading of nonsensical song lyrics. Ring in and identify the artist who made the song famous. And if you can’t get it from our reading, we’ll play you a clip of the original song. Lauren, stay in the lead,… Read More »

A Certain Luminosity: Hanson and String Theory

By | October 27, 2018

patheos MMMBop. If you know it, as some of my colleagues do, then you are younger than I am, but older than our college students. I am not, perhaps, the normal audience for Hanson. That’s my loss as I discovered in Houston on October 23, 2018. Let me report that this is a 1990’s band that has… Read More »

Hanson’s St. Petersburg show will feature a symphony, and Zac is really excited about it

By | October 26, 2018

Creative Loafing Tampa MMM-symph-pop: Pulling strings with Hanson, which plays Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 26, 2018. Hanson broke out in 1997 with “MMMBop,” and while fans may not have noticed the guitar arpeggios that drove the single, the sibling trio is back on the road showing fans a wholly different, grandiose,… Read More »