Tinted Windows @ The Troubadour, 4/28/09
Full disclosure: when I was twelve, I was a hardcore, die-hard Hanson fan. I knew all the lyrics to their debut album, Middle of Nowhere, and so did millions and millions of other prepubescent girls around the nation. Hanson was perfect for twelve year olds. They were young, cute, never sung about anything offensive, and most important of all they wrote and played their own instruments. Unlike the other schlock that was being marketed towards my undeveloped brain like Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC, these kids actually had some modicum of authenticity.
It turns out that this is the exact speech I have to give every time I tell people that I was once a Hanson fan. The listener's eyes always widens with shock and their estimation of my musical taste immediately goes down the tubes. No matter what I say afterward, my reputation is forever besmirched with my affection for "Where's the Love." (Get ready, Jonas Brothers fans. When you grow up, people are going to do the same to you.)
So when I heard that Taylor Hanson had joined forces with the great lyricist, Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), the great guitarist, James Iha ( formerly of the Smashing Pumpkins), and the legendary drummer Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) to form Tinted Windows, I was excited. Could this be the band that justifies my pre-teenage love for Hanson? Would this be the album wipe that would smirk off their faces? Full of anticipation, I headed to the Troubadour to find out.