Shout It Out (Hanson album)

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Shout It Out
Studio album by Hanson
Released United States June 8, 2010
Japan July 14, 2010
United Kingdom June 3, 2011 (Digital Release)
United Kingdom June 6, 2011 (Physical Release)
Philippines March 10, 2012
Recorded 2009 - 2010
Genre Pop rock, soul
Length 49:29
Label 3CG
Japan Victor[1]
Philippines PolyEast Records
Producer Hanson
Hanson chronology
Stand Up, Stand Up
Shout It Out
Singles from Shout It Out
  1. "Thinking 'Bout Somethin'"
    Released: April 20, 2010
  2. "Give a Little"
    Released: April 05, 2011

Shout It Out is the fifth studio album released by American pop group Hanson. The album is the third release through their own label 3CG Records. Shout It Out was released on June 8, 2010 in the US,[2][3] and July 14, 2010 in Japan.[4]

On March 6, 2010, Hanson shot dance and other sequences for the music video of their new single, "Thinking 'Bout Somethin'", at Greenwood Avenue in their home town of Tulsa. Hanson recruited professional dancers for the shoot and also invited local residents and fans to take part. The video was directed by Todd Edwards, co-founder of Blue Yonder Films.[5][6] It was released for public viewing to the band's MySpace channel on April 15, 2010.


On a Billboard interview, Taylor Hanson says of Shout It Out: "Every record is important, but this one feels like... a reflection not just of right now but a selection of things we've been putting in records for the last fifteen years." In the same article, Billboard said, "While the new album exudes the ease of a veteran band with over a decade of music behind them, it retains elements of the fun, pop-soul tinged sound that helped the guys hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 with "Mmmbop" when they were all under 17 years old."[7]


The first single from the album, "Thinking 'Bout Somethin'" was officially released on Monday, April 5, 2010 to AOL and was made available on iTunes Tuesday, April 20, 2010.[8] The second single from the album was "Give a Little", released on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, and it included bonus remixes made by the band and the music video is was released in February 2011.[9] "Give a Little" would peak at #40 on the US Hot AC radio chart.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (67/100)[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (78%)[11]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[12]
American Music Channel 4.5/5 stars[13]
Billboard (positive)[14]
Entertainment Weekly B-[15]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[16]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[17]
Stereo Subversion B[18]

Reaction to the album has been generally favorable. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 67, based on 6 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[10] Slant Magazine critic Jonathan Keefe awarded the album three out of five stars and stated that Shout It Out "is the trio's most ambitious project" and that it "includes a few moments of real inspiration."[17] Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine also rated the album three out of five stars in a more mixed review. Erlewine remarked that, "Hanson are sharp enough to keep things tight... but the music itself is too finely honed."[12] A review from AbsolutePunk surmises that, "Aside from the trio's penchant for maudlin and borderline campy lyrics, there's little about Shout it Out that isn't infectious".[11] The Entertainment Weekly review praised the album, claiming: "Uptempo jams like Waiting for This shimmer with top-shelf songcraft; Motown vet Bob Babbitt even sits in on bass. But sometimes you wish these whiz kids would act their age". QRO said the album "may just be okay, but it's at the highest tier of okay. It's not a great album, but it's not trying to be either; it plays to its audience, and it does it well."[19] Jonathan Keefe from Slant Magazine was, somewhat, favorable in his review, saying:"What's encouraging about the record, though, is that Hanson's instincts are more or less on point. The effervescent brass sections, aggressive rhythm tracks, and AM-radio vibe they've incorporated are all logical and effective additions to their aesthetic. That Hanson has been around for well over a decade now makes it easy to forget that they're still a young band. And the elements that really work on Shout It Out suggest that they're only going to continue to get better".[17] Connor McKnight from Billboard was largely positive, writing: "Long before the first Jonas Brothers album hit the shelves, another sibling trio reigned supreme. Hanson brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac may still be widely known for their playful 1997 pop hit, "MMMBop," but the trio's fifth studio album, "Shout It Out," shows that the group continues to expand its musical roots. A colorful set that pays tribute to the funk, soul and R&B musical influences that shapes its sound, "Shout It Out" has a sunnier vibe than the group's 2007 predecessor, "The Walk." "Shout It Out" still breaks into emotional territory with piano ballads like "Use Me Up" (featuring Zac on lead vocals), while Taylor's windy tenor shines on "Carry You There." From the profoundly upbeat single "Thinking 'Bout Something'" to the heartfelt and introspective closer "Me Myself and I," "Shout It Out" is a fun listen that beams with genuine talent and creative artistry".[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and produced by Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Zac Hanson.[20]
Lead vocals by Taylor Hanson, except where noted.

  1. "Waiting for This" – 3:17
  2. "Thinking 'Bout Somethin'" – 3:45
  3. "Kiss Me When You Come Home" – 3:38
  4. "Carry You There" – 4:33
  5. "Give a Little" – 3:45
  6. "Make It Out Alive" – 4:35
  7. "And I Waited" (lead vocals: Zac Hanson) – 4:01
  8. "Use Me Up" (lead vocals: Zac Hanson) – 4:04
  9. "These Walls" – 3:58
  10. "Musical Ride" (lead vocals: Zac Hanson) – 3:48
  11. "Voice in the Chorus" – 4:39
  12. "Me Myself and I" – 5:30
Japanese bonus track
  1. "Make It Through Today" (lead vocals: Isaac Hanson) – 4:46
UK Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
  1. "Give A Little" (Video) – 3:49
  2. "Give A Little (RAC Mix)" (Video) – 3:39
  3. "Give A Little (Questlove Mix)" (Video) – 4:14
  4. "Making Of Give A Little" (Video) – 5:58
  5. "Making Of Shout It Out" (Video) – 6:30



  • Taylor Hanson – vocals, piano, organ, keyboards, handclapping
  • Isaac Hanson – vocals, guitars, bass, handclapping
  • Zac Hanson – vocals, drums, percussion, piano, handclapping
  • William Birkhead - Bass

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Bob Babbitt - Bass
  • Don Fornero, Gary Grant – trumpet and flugelhorn
  • Dan Higgins – saxophone
  • Bill Reichenbach – trombone
  • Ryan Williamson – bottles
  • Jerry Hey – horn arrangements


  • Arranged and produced by Hanson
  • Recorded and engineered by Craig Alvin, Steve Churchyard (engineered horns) and Ryan Williamson
  • Mixed by John Goodmanson

Chart positions[edit]

Shout It Out debuted at number 30 on the Billboard 200.[21]

Chart (2010) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[21] 30
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[21] 15
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums[21] 2


  1. ^ "HANSON 「Shout it Out」". Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ - Hanson Team With Funk Brother, Michael Jackson Collaborator For June LP “Shout It Out”
  3. ^ Hanson News
  4. ^ Hanson News - Postings
  5. ^ Hundreds Shake Their Tail Feathers On Tulsa Hanson Video
  6. ^ Hanson music video shot in Greenwood
  7. ^ Been, Rachel. "Watch Hanson "Shout It Out," Hear The Full Album Early". Billboard. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Thinkin' Bout Something News
  9. ^ Give a Little Release Announced Hanson Retrieved 2011-02-25
  10. ^ a b "Shout It Out Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Robson, Gregory (May 24, 2010). "Hanson - Shout It Out - Album Review - Absolute Punk". Absolute Punk.Net. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Shout it Out Overview". All Music Guide. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  13. ^ Ramey, Emily. "Shout It Out". American Music Channel. 
  14. ^ a b McKnight, Connor (June 25, 2010). "Hanson, Shout It Out -". Billboard. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  15. ^ Wood, Mikael (June 9, 2011). "Shout It Out - Music Review - EW". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  16. ^ Walters, Barry (June 8, 2010). "Shout It Out by Hanson". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 13, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c Keefe, Jonathan. "Hanson:Shout it Out". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  18. ^ Sanders, Jonathan (2010-08-28)Shout It Out Review Stereo Subversion Stereo Subversion Retrieved 2011-02-25
  19. ^ Hanson: Shout It Out - QRO Magazine Review
  20. ^ Shout It Out Shout It Out Tracklist
  21. ^ a b c d Been, Rachel (June 26, 2010). "Shout It Out - Hanson - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 

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