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NEW ALBUM: HANSON | AGAINST THE WORLD

Pop-rock band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hanson has released a rich and diverse group of songs that showcase the brothers’ range, musicianship and influences — ones that leave their monster sugar pop hit “MMMBop” far in the rearview mirror. The album kicks off with “Annalie,” with bright harmonies and guitar work reminiscent of Paul Simon. “Don’t Ever Change” has a rocking Cheap Trick sound, probably because Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick plays guitar. The rock-pop “Only Love” has an Eddie Vedder-like vocal that transforms from a dark, spare space into an arena singalong. The Hansons’ harmonies are glorious in the Queen-like “Stronger,” “One” is an excellent plea for unity, and the anthem “Fearless” leans on an orchestra as the brothers soar above strings. But the highlight is Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson on the title track. “We belong with the restless/Keep company with rebels and with dreamers,” they sing. “There’s equal scars from victory and failure.” If it’s them against the world, we’re on their side. "Against The World" was initially announced in May with the debut single and video, “Annalie.” Hanson proceeded to release one song and video per month through today, which sees the clip's release for "Fearless." After "Annalie," the band shared "Don't Ever Change" in June, "Only Love" in July, the title track "Against The World" in August, "Stronger" in September, and "One" in October.