The West

Music Review: Hanson
Hanson at Metro Freo. Picture: Jacinta Mathews.


Metropolis Fremantle

September 22

If you were having a party, Hanson are the guys you'd want as the house band. They're infectious, tight and know how to write a pop song which will have you dancing all night.

Though Hanson had their 10 million sales success with 1997's Middle of Nowhere, the band featuring three cute and multi-instrumental brothers from Oklahoma have made 10 albums and continued to tour.

Years later, it's exciting to know Middle of Nowhere still stands up, testament to this family band's ability to write catchy-as-all-get -out pop songs, which can be both fizzy and with meaning. Plus they've still got some of the most killer harmonies any band can boast.

Though a little older - well, the oldest Hanson is 31 - there's a relaxed confidence in their musicality and playing which makes them a joy to watch. New songs like Thinking 'Bout Somethin' and Give a Little are so infectious you can't help smiling goofily. They mixed perfectly with old favourites like Crazy Beautiful, Where's the Love and Penny & Me. MMMBop came towards the end of the set and surprisingly didn't sound at all dated, causing everyone to sing at the top of their lungs.

Hanson at Metro Freo. Picture: Jacinta Mathews.
They closed with Taylor Swift's We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, which Taylor Hanson declared pretty close to a perfect pop song.

In homage to being in Perth, they opted for a kicking version of AC/DC's It's a Long Way to the Top.

Seriously, this band should be back in the charts. There's no question Hanson have got the musicality, enthusiasm and the melodies to kick some serious goals.

The West Australian

Popular videos