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This Time Around (Hanson album)

For the album by Paul Brandt, see This Time Around (Paul Brandt album).

This Time Around was released in 2000 and is the seventh album by American pop/rock group Hanson. Although Hanson had several albums in between, This Time Around is their first standard studio release since 1997s Middle of Nowhere.

This Time Around didn't have the commercial success of its predecessor Middle of Nowhere. This may be in part due to the change in Hanson's focus: This Time Around doesn't feature any bubblegum pop style tunes like Middle of Nowhere. Instead Hanson opted to focus on a more classic rock sound, or as MTV.com put it "Yes, we're talking stadium rock". The album is also heavy on ballads, with songs such as "Sure About It" and "A Song to Sing" covering the themes of teenage insecurity and loneliness, much like "Weird" from Middle of Nowhere.

Critically, This Time Around was very well received. Billboard noted "It all adds up to a collection that successfully sets Hanson apart from the current teen-pop phenomenon that it helped start -- at least from a creative perspective", and CDNow said "This Time Around scores with more sophisticated harmonies and storytelling". Rolling Stone said, "Like a blond three-headed hydra, Hanson loom over the competition, making all other teen idols sound like Gerber-sucking clowns." AllMusicGuide said, "It's hard not to miss the thrilling way Middle of Nowhere leapt out of the speakers upon its first spin with giddy fun, yet with its carefully considered craft and warmly ingratiating pop songs This Time Around is winning entertainment." However, not everyone was complimentary about the change in musical style, with Village Voice stating "If you thought they were bad when they were cute, or even that they were cute when they were good, believe me, you don't want to hear them mature", and New Musical Express with the even harsher verdict "But damn those cruel hormones - Hanson's collective balls have MmmDropped, and the giddy rush of adolescence seeks to mutate Mercury's finest investment into a trio of crack-voiced hulks".

Charts

Year Chart Position
2000 U.S. Billboard 200 19
2000 UK Albums Chart 33
2000 Swedish Albums Chart 9
2000 New Zealand Albums Chart 21

Worldwide sales

To date, it has sold 1 million copies worldwide, 500,000 of which were sold in the United States.

Track listing

(All songs written by Hanson)

  1. "You Never Know" – 3:04
  2. "If Only" – 4:30
  3. "This Time Around" – 4:17
  4. "Runaway Run" – 3:40
  5. "Save Me" – 3:40
  6. "Dying to Be Alive" – 4:37
  7. "Can't Stop" – 4:24
  8. "Wish That I Was There" – 3:39
  9. "Love Song" – 4:06
  10. "Sure About It" – 3:27
  11. "Hand in Hand" – 4:37
  12. "In the City" – 3:27
  13. "A Song to Sing" – 3:35

In some locales two additional hidden tracks, "Smile" and "Lonely Again", were also included in the foreign version of the CD.

Personnel

  • Jeff Adams - Project Manager
  • Lisa Banks - Vocals
  • Pat Burkholder - Engineer
  • David Campbell - Viola, String Arrangements
  • Steve Churchyard - Engineer
  • Annette Cisneros - Engineer
  • Larry Corbett - Cello
  • Joel Derouin - Violin
  • David Dominguez - Engineer
  • Michael Fisher - Percussion
  • Lars Fox - Engineer
  • Scott Gordon - Harmonica, Engineer
  • Isaac Hanson - Guitar (Acoustic), Composer, Guitar (Electric), Vocals, Producer
  • Taylor Hanson - Harmonica, Percussion, Composer, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer
  • Zac Hanson - Composer, Drums, Vocals, Producer
  • Mark Hudson - Producer
  • Cederic Joins - Vocals
  • Jonny Lang - Guitar (Electric)
  • Stephen Lironi - Organ, Bass, Guitar (Electric), Producer, Loops
  • Tom Lord-Alge - Mixing
  • Jed Lynch - Percussion
  • Howard McCreary - Vocals
  • Dewey Nicks - Photography
  • Carolyn Perry - Vocals
  • Darlene Perry - Vocals
  • Lori Perry - Vocals
  • Sharon Perry - Vocals
  • Dana Pilson - Project Manager
  • John Popper - Harmonica
  • Rick Riso - Vocals
  • Alfie Silas - Vocals
  • Cameron Stone - Cello
  • Rose Stone - Director, Vocals
  • Doug Trantow - Engineer
  • Kevin Wyatt - Bass

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