Snowed In

by: Hanson

Hanson delivered their second album in remarkably quick fashion, releasing Snowed In a mere six months after Middle of Nowhere. Granted, Snowed In was a Christmas album, but its speedy conception, recording and release shows how market-savvy Hanson and their management are. For a rushed effort, it's not half bad, containing some real charm and a smart selection of songs, but without hip producers like the Dust Brothers and Danny Saber on board, the record sounds more conventional than before, playing up their classic rock tendencies to the hilt. As a result, Snowed In is entertaining, but it suggests that the group may find themselves running out of ideas a little faster than Middle of Nowhere suggested. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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