Review: Hanson, Great Hall, Cardiff University Students’ Union

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December 7, 2013

by David Prince

David Prince fulfills a lifetime ambition to see the 90s sibling sensations live – and isn’t disappointed.


Love them or loathe them, everyone it seems has an opinion on Hanson.

With over 20 years in the business, Hanson have finally come to Cardiff.

Ever since their breakthrough (and biggest) hit MmmBop became the sound of ‘97, they have released album after album of top quality songs.

The group made up of the ever smiling brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac released earlier this year, their ninth studio album Anthem to critical acclaim.

Finally I get the chance of a lifetime to witness the band doing what they do best – playing live.

From the intimate show I witnessed it was quite clear, that this band of brothers have lost none of the charm or musical prowess since they first came over here in 1997.

Kicking straight into Fired Up these seasoned professionals have the crowd eating out of their hands.

From there we are treated to one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

The set covers their entire career, including the best  from their latest Anthem.

As this was their first show in Wales, I hope it isn’t their last.

Comparing their talent to the fly-by nature of today’s celebrities is a one-sided affair.

The Hanson brothers have it by the bucketload.

With just drums, guitar, piano and three harmonious voices Hanson put everyone else to shame.

Opening the show was Wales’ very own Sion Russell Jones who impressed us with his tales of life via the Ed Sheeran/Passenger route of a acoustic guitar and a great voice.

One to watch out for.

Source: Wales Online

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