Penny & Me is the comeback release of Issac, Taylor and Zac Hanson. Remember them? Disquieting the hairdressing industry with their flowing, if feminine locks, the bands first mission: indoctrinating random word construction to the general publics' psyche - we accepted, mission successful. The effervescent Mmmbop, released back in 1997, spread instantly and even I sang along to the meaningless yet nauseatingly popular chorus.
Back with new material and thankfully, new haircuts, the boys have grown up somewhat - especially in terms of musical style. Calm and melodic tambourines and acoustics with wide ranging though perfectly keyed vocals, Penny & Me is our first taste of Hanson's new studio album Underneath. Their first compilation since 2000's less exposed This Time Around, the band's latest efforts offer a more pacified alternative to former energy-fuelled hits like Mmmbop and Where's the Love?
Sceptical about Hanson's return? Older, refined and back on your radio whether you like it or not - whatever you thought of Hanson the first time around, you should really take a fresh look (as if you will have a choice).