Five Surprisingly Great Albums from Former Boy Bands

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5. Hanson - Underneath - 2004

Look, I'm not going to ascribe any unheralded genius to Hanson's post-Mmm-Bop output -- I'll leave that to my friend Mallory, the superfan who insisted I listen to this album on my comically ungainly, tiny-screened iPod when she was 18, I was 17, and neither of us had a particularly good excuse to own a Hanson album.

But man, is "Penny and Me" catchy, much as I generally avoided rolling the windows down and turning the radio up in the high school parking lot while it was playing. Their career trajectory since the late '90s is completely in keeping with the knowledge that Taylor Hanson eventually founded a supergroup featuring Bun E. Carlos, James Iha, and Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne.

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Dan Moore