TITLE: Middle of Nowhere
YEAR RELEASED: 1997
CHART ACTION: #2 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: MMMBop (#1 US, #1 UK), Where’s the Love (#4 UK), I Will Come to You (#9 US, #5 UK), Weird (#19 UK), Thinking of You (#23 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you were a tween in 1997, you know this record by heart.
LINEUP: Zach Hanson, Taylor Hanson, Issac Hanson, Stepehn Lironi and session players (including session drummers…don’t tell the girls that drummers helped Zach out!)
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Precocious moppets record precocious album that is poppy and really ain’t half bad on some levels.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sure, I exiled some of this – I want to get that straight. There’s some glop that only the tweens would like. I mean, real glop – written by professional glopsters.
But…the more up-tempo and upbeat cuts are where they shine. Even if they had studio help on drums, it’s still pretty neat that they wrote a couple of the best songs on here and hit the charts with them.
This won’t win any awards, really. “MMMBop” though is a perfect earworm and perfect power pop. So haters don’t hate on it!
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Before going into the studio for this one, they released a couple of albums they cooked up on their own.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B-: I exiled half of it, but I really liked a few of the cuts.