Album Details

RELEASE
October 11, 2005
LABEL
Three Car Garage
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Album Review

The Best of Hanson: Live and Electric is not a compilation; it's a live album, capturing the band on their supporting tour for their 2004 album Underneath. It's not their first live album -- about a year and a half after their 1997 major-label debut, they released Live from Albertane, which was a little fast for a live record, but it does illustrate just how crazy Hanson mania was in the late '90s. Here in 2005, Hanson not only have a larger repertoire to draw from, but they're a different band: they're older, stronger, road-tested, and tougher. They're a mature band now, usually for better, but sometimes for worse, as in on their opening gambit of covering Radiohead's crawling "Optimistic." It's a move that practically begs for the band to be taken seriously, to not be thought of as teen pop sensation, and the self-consciousness of the cover is awkward. But that's the only false note on an album that's tight, lean, and quite entertaining. Every song here, whether it's a newer tune or their old hits "Where's the Love" and "MMM Bop," is given an arrangement that is simultaneously stripped down and opened up, giving the trio -- augmented by Pete Griffin on bass and Aaron Kaplan on electric guitar -- plenty of space to jam. In a way, this is as much as a throwback to the era of late-'70s live albums as their first records were a throwback to late-'60s/early-'70s bubblegum: there just aren't many live albums any more that sound like a band in concert, revealing a different side of the band, one where the songs seem to gain strength in a live setting. That's not to say that this is the second coming of Frampton Comes Alive! or, even better, Thin Lizzy's Live and Dangerous, but this is nevertheless a very good live album that will certainly satisfy hardcore fans and, if given a chance, could change the minds of some skeptics.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Optimistichttp://itunes.apple.com/album/optimistic/id81261122?i=81260929&uo=5
  2. Every Word I Sayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/every-word-i-say/id81261122?i=81261055&uo=5
  3. Where's the Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/wheres-the-love/id81261122?i=81261057&uo=5
  4. Look at Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/look-at-you/id81261122?i=81261059&uo=5
  5. Strong Enough to Breakhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/strong-enough-to-break/id81261122?i=81261064&uo=5
  6. I Will Come to Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-will-come-to-you/id81261122?i=81261080&uo=5
  7. Underneathhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/underneath-live-from-australia/id81261122?i=81261082&uo=5
  8. Hand in Handhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/hand-in-hand/id81261122?i=81261084&uo=5
  9. In a Little Whilehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/in-a-little-while/id81261122?i=81261086&uo=5
  10. Penny & Mehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-best-hanson-live-electric/id81261122?uo=5
  11. MMM Bophttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-best-hanson-live-electric/id81261122?uo=5
  12. This Time Aroundhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-time-around/id81261122?i=81261094&uo=5
  13. Rock 'N' Roll Razorbladehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-best-hanson-live-electric/id81261122?uo=5
  14. If Only [*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/if-only/id81261122?i=81261118&uo=5
  15. A Song to Sing [*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/a-song-to-sing/id81261122?i=81261120&uo=5
  16. Penny & Me [DVD][*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-best-hanson-live-electric/id81261122?uo=5
  17. Lost Without Each Other [DVD][*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-best-hanson-live-electric/id81261122?uo=5
  18. Underneath [DVD][*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-best-hanson-live-electric/id81261122?uo=5
  19. Underneath [DVD][*][Mix]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-best-hanson-live-electric/id81261122?uo=5
  20. Crazy Beautiful [DVD][Live][*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-best-hanson-live-electric/id81261122?uo=5
  21. Being Me [DVD][Live][*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-best-hanson-live-electric/id81261122?uo=5
  22. Strong Enough to Break [DVD][*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-best-hanson-live-electric/id81261122?uo=5
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