Middle of Nowhere (album)

Middle of Nowhere is the debut studio album by American pop rock group Hanson, and the first to be released on a major label, which was Polygram Records and Mercury Records. Released in 1997, it features slicker studio production compared to their previous indie efforts Boomerang and MMMBop. The band members were between the ages of 11 and 16 when it was released. "Yearbook", one of the album's more dramatic songs, was not performed live until the recording of Middle of Nowhere Acoustic on May 5, 2007.

Middle of Nowhere
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 6, 1997 (1997-05-06)
RecordedJuly – November 1996, Los Angeles, California
GenrePop rock, teen pop
Length53:41
LabelMercury, Polygram
ProducerThe Dust Brothers, Stephen Lironi
Hanson chronology
MMMBop
(1996)
Middle of Nowhere
(1997)
Snowed In
(1997)
Singles from Middle of Nowhere
  1. "MMMBop"
    Released: April 15, 1997
  2. "Where's the Love"
    Released: September 1997
  3. "I Will Come to You"
    Released: November 10, 1997
  4. "Weird"
    Released: March 1998
  5. "Thinking of You"
    Released: July 1998

The album was well received by critics. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly said of the trio: "... lack of guile is Hanson's most endearing quality."[1]

Middle of Nowhere yielded five singles: "MMMBop", "Where's the Love", "I Will Come to You", "Weird", and "Thinking of You".

Worldwide salesEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[1]
Rolling Stone     [3]
Robert Christgau  [4]

Total sales worldwide are 10 million copies. The album sold just under 4 million in the US (4 times platinum) and over 400,000 copies in UK.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Zachary Hanson, with additional writers noted in parentheses.

  1. "Thinking of You" – 3:13
  2. "MMMBop" – 4:28
  3. "Weird" – 4:02 (Desmond Child)
  4. "Speechless" – 4:20 (Stephen Lironi)
  5. "Where's the Love" – 4:13 (Mark Hudson, Sander Salover)
  6. "Yearbook" – 5:29 (Ellen Shipley)
  7. "Look at You" – 4:28 (Stephen Lironi)
  8. "Lucy" – 3:35 (Mark Hudson)
  9. "I Will Come to You" – 4:11 (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil)
  10. "A Minute Without You" – 3:55 (Mark Hudson)
  11. "Madeline" – 4:13 (Clif Magness)
  12. "With You in Your Dreams" – 3:56
  13. "Man from Milwaukee" [CD-only hidden track] – 3:38

Note

  • "Man from Milwaukee" is actually track #21, as there are eight tracks of silence after "With You in Your Dreams". In Japan the song is track 14 because a remix of "MMMBop" serves as song 13. "Man from Milwaukee" was omitted from all cassettes and vinyl pressings of Middle of Nowhere. Some later reissues of the album in some locales including the remastered version omitted the tracks of silence and make "Man from Milwaukee" a true track 13.

PersonnelEdit

Hanson

  • Zachary Hanson – drums, vocals
  • Taylor Hanson – keyboards, piano, vocals
  • Isaac Hanson – guitar, vocals

Session musicians

  • Stephen Lironi – bass, guitar, percussion, programming, producer, keyboards
  • Peter Kent – violin
  • Michael Fischer – percussion
  • Carole Mukogawa – viola
  • John Wittenberg – violin
  • Mike Shawcross – percussion
  • Michito Sanchez – percussion
  • Larry Corbett – cello
  • Steve Richards – cello
  • Ged Lynch – drums, percussion
  • Nick Vincent – drums
  • Endre Granat – violin
  • Abe Laboriel Jr. – drums
  • David Campbell – conductor, string arrangements
  • Abraham Laboriel – bass
  • Neil Stubenhaus – bass
  • B.J. Cole – pedal steel
  • Sandy Stein – keyboards
  • Mark Hudson[5] – harmonica
  • Murray Adler – violin

Other

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[47] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[48] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[49] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[50] Platinum 250,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[51] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Czech Republic[52] Platinum  
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[52] Platinum 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[53] Gold 31,809[53]
France (SNEP)[52] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[54] Gold 250,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[55] Gold 10,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[52] Gold 7,500^
Italy (FIMI)[52] Gold 50,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[56] Platinum 238,760^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[57] Gold 100,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[58] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[59] 3× Platinum 45,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[52] Gold 25,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[60] Gold 50,000*
Portugal (AFP)[52] Gold 20,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[52] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[61] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[62] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[63] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[64] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[65] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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