Keith Hanson
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Keith Hanson

Vallejo, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Vallejo, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
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""Better Days" Album Review" Staff Review
by Alathea Johnson (4/2/07)
"Humorously taking their name from the bottled remedy to writer’s block, Paul Carew and Keith Hansen offer up the debut project Better Days, their answer to the cutesy pop infecting society today. The entire self-produced project was recorded with just the two of them in Hansen’s home studio.

The first part of the album gives the listener a voyeuristic glimpse into a relationship headed south.

Guys who’ve ever asked their girlfriend or wife, What’s wrong? only to get an icy Nothing will relate to the sentiments of “Say What You Want.” With its thumping bass line, “If I Make It Out Alive” groans with despair with Want to start another life/If I make it out alive.

Along those same lines is “Slow Drain” with its screaming electric guitar and lines like She wants you to buy her all that she desires/ … She’s a slow drain/She’s workin’ you overtime. Hard-rocking “Love You Goodbye” is the angry anthem of the guy who is finally ready to call it quits.

Changing gears, the second half of the album is much more upbeat and filled with the sounds of the ‘80s. “Never Let You Go” has a hooky chorus that will stick in your head for days, while “Nobody” channels Ric Ocasek in his Cars days. Radio-friendly “Stars” is my personal favorite and sure to get lots of plays on your iPod.

“Happy Now” has a ’60’s-Byrds sound and a Prozac-like optimism with lines such as, I don’t mind that tomorrow’s on its way/ … Nothing’s gonna get to me today. Driving guitars and drums speed “Fast Ride” along (no pun intended). And rounding out the album is “Waiting for You,” with the sweet lament of, I’ve been waiting for you like I always will—and a sweet guitar solo to boot.

The Genius of Jack is now working on its sophomore album. I’m sure that news makes stockholders of Old No. 7 very happy."
- Staff Review

"Genius of Jack feautured on TuneTank NXNE New Generation 2006 CD"

Click the link below to listen to the new TuneTank NXNE New Generation 2006 CD feautring The Genius of Jack and other great artists. - Keith Hanson

"Now on Internet Radio"

The Genius of Jack has been selected for airplay on, one of the best places to hear and buy new music from independent artists. - Keith Hanson

""Rocks like The Clash, voice of young Dylan....great tune ("Slow Drain")"."

"Rocks like The Clash, voice of young Dylan....great tune ("Slow Drain")".
- L.T. Vanner, Ladies Auxiliary Dancing Club
- L.T. Vanner, Ladies Auxiliary Dancing Club


Still working on that hot first release.



Keith Hanson is a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and engineer who has been playing in bands since age 13.  He has played in countless venues from dives to festivals in his current San Francisco Bay Area, Tahoe, Los Angeles, Boston, and Denver.  He plays most of the instruments on his albums, many which he recorded in his garage.  He has been a writer or co-writer on over seven albums and has many singles not yet released.

Keith is half of the rock/pop duo, "The Genius of Jack", which he created with his singer/songwriter/musician friend Paul Carew.  Many singles from this project have been played on Internet Radio stations over the last so many years.  In November 2012, The Genius of Jack released an album of 16 singles, "Better Days", which is available for sale on iTunes. 

Keith is typically fond of the British Invasion, the melodic American 60s, 70s punk, 80s pop, and recent Brit-pop.  A couple of his favorite current bands are Travis and the Soundtrack of Our Lives.  And Green Day never fails to impress!

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