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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
It may come as a shock to his core, rock-loving fan base, but Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker has undergone a much-needed music makeover -- one that's sure to surprise and delight R&B enthusiasts with a jones for the mellow, retro-soul musings of Musiq and Raphael Saadiq. Imagewise, Rucker has even swapped his trademark baseball cap and grungy tee and jeans for a so fresh and so clean wardrobe befitting a modern-day blues man. "This is the record I thought I was going to make before I joined Hootie," Rucker says in his bio. "With this album, I'm just going back to where I came from." So you won't find any Hootie frat-rock anthems on Rucker's ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
It may come as a shock to his core, rock-loving fan base, but Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker has undergone a much-needed music makeover -- one that's sure to surprise and delight R&B enthusiasts with a jones for the mellow, retro-soul musings of Musiq and Raphael Saadiq. Imagewise, Rucker has even swapped his trademark baseball cap and grungy tee and jeans for a so fresh and so clean wardrobe befitting a modern-day blues man. "This is the record I thought I was going to make before I joined Hootie," Rucker says in his bio. "With this album, I'm just going back to where I came from." So you won't find any Hootie frat-rock anthems on Rucker's aptly titled solo outing, Back to Then. Instead, the disc overflows with 13 richly produced, crossover-ready soul jams that will give listeners a new appreciation for the raspy baritone's skill at singing rhythm and blues. Highlights include the tight horn section-accented, Steely Dan-reminiscent "Wild One," the groovy, mantra-like "Sometimes I Wonder," a duet with Hidden Beach labelmate Jill Scott, and the funky, harmony-layered "Sleeping in My Bed," featuring a smooth rap from Snoop Dogg. Rucker delves even deeper into his black music roots on the gospel-inspired ballad "Somewhere." On that organ-driven track, led in by a stirring a cappella rendering of "Amazing Grace," Rucker lifts his voice on high with the spiritually uplifting lyrics, "I'm still knowing/I'm still growing/Still believing/Still achieving." And for those who didn't realize Hootie possessed so much heart and soul, those words certainly ring true.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 696998649224
  • Catalog Number: 86492
  • Sales rank: 276,922

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wild One (3:35)
  2. 2 Exodus (4:11)
  3. 3 Sometime I Wonder - Jill Scott (4:14)
  4. 4 Back To Then (4:58)
  5. 5 This Is My World (5:05)
  6. 6 I'm Glad You're Mine (3:05)
  7. 7 Butterfly (4:31)
  8. 8 Hold On (4:06)
  9. 9 Ten Years (3:56)
  10. 10 One More Night (4:17)
  11. 11 Amazing Grace (Interlude) (0:48)
  12. 12 Somewhere (13:18)
  13. 13 Sleeping In My Bed (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darius Rucker Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Snoop Dogg Vocals
Darrell "Delite" Allamby Background Vocals
Davis A. Barnett Viola
Jimmy Cozier Background Vocals
Larry Gold Cello
Vivian Green Background Vocals
Keith Henderson Guitar
Kipper Jones Background Vocals
Richard Patterson Bass
Antoinette Roberson Background Vocals
Andy Snitzer Alto Saxophone
Ryan Toby Background Vocals
Jay Williams Guitar
Jim Hynes Trumpet
Rick Williams Bass, Guitar
Jeff Kievit Trumpet
Ethan Farmer Bass
Emma Kummrow Violin
Terry Tribbett Bass
Byron Williams Organ
Lil' Mo Background Vocals
Eric Roberson Background Vocals
Erik Sayles Acoustic Guitar
Ivan Dupée Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Keith Pelzer fender rhodes
Jill Scott Vocals
Vidal Davis Drums
Gwenita Jackson Background Vocals
Daniel Johnson Background Vocals
Woody Harrelson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Darrell "Delite" Allamby Vocal Producer
Jimmy Cozier Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Joe Mardin Horn Arrangements
Steve McKeever Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Ryan Toby Vocal Arrangements
Serban Ghenea Engineer
Edward "DJ Eddie F" Ferrell Arranger, Producer, drum programming, Instrumentation
Darius Rucker Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Ivan Dupée Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming
Brian Garten Engineer
Evan Lamberg Executive Producer
Keith Pelzer Producer, Engineer
Darrin Lightly Arranger, Producer, drum programming, Instrumentation
Jill Scott Vocal Arrangements
Vidal Davis Producer, Engineer
Jeff Smith Executive Producer
Jeeve Producer, Engineer
Josh Wilbur Engineer
Thornell Jones Marketing
Darren "Limitless" Henson Producer
Shawn Hibbler Contributor, Drum Fills
Gus Rickette drum programming
Jacob Robinson Engineer
Michele DelGadio Art Direction
Jazz Nixon Producer
David "D-Lo" Lopez Engineer
Chris Conway Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back to Then

    My opinion is that most people out there cannot look at Darius Rucker without seeing him in only one role: the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish and singing only one type of music. This is unfortunate because BACK TO THEN is a very good solo effort, a celebration of old school soul. Darius enlists the assistance of some of today's R&B heavy hitters (Musiq, Jimmy Cozier, Lil Mo, Jill Scott and DJ Jazzy Jeff's A Touch of Jazz Productions) and the result is a pop/retro-soul vibe that can compete with anything else out here these days, and perhaps even surpass it. Okay, it does have its flaws (the unnecessary hip-hop track with Snoop Dogg, "Sleeping In My Bed", which didn't seem like it even belonged on the CD), but Darius shows us that he has more versatility in his voice than what you hear on the Hootie records. This is a very soulful CD. R&B legends like Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Otis Redding come to mind when you hear the cuts. The most outstanding songs are the gem "Exodus", "Sometimes I Wonder" (the duet with Jill Scott, who BTW, does NOT outsing Darius, as some folks are saying...the both of them are rather subdued in this song because it's a romantic ballad, HELLO!), "Wild One", "Back To Then", "This Is My World", "Butterfly" and "Ten Years" (not overdone, but sincere and heartfelt, no matter what some are saying). As Darius says, "this is how I am...you can either accept me or..." Well, there's no question in my mind what the choice is! Do NOT sleep on this! Darius, I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing more from you as a soloist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    I heard "Wild One" and loved it. So then I had to hear the others and i honestly like all of them. There definatly is a range of styles from Gospel, to jazz and r&b. People think he's a musician of the past, but this cd is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Mixture of the Best of Darius's Talent.

    I can only say after feeling the notes of each song, Darius, What took you so long to give us all you had to offer. I will always remember where you started, but I am glad to know where you are going. Thank you..... Carol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Hootie

    Those of you who are looking for a follow-up to the Hootie and The Blowfish, be surprised! Darius Rucker's sound is unique, yet enjoyable. This album was a surprise to me, but the album as a whole is well written and performed. Rucker has more of a blues sound, very soulful. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back to Then

    Darius Rucker, with the highly identifiable baritone that brought Hootie and the Blowfish to fame, answers his critics who claim that he doesn't have a "soulful enough voice" with this CD. This is 180 degrees different from his work with Hootie, so if you were expecting that type of music on this CD, you will not find it here....the focus is purely on R&B and urban pop. There are some people out there that will say that Darius should have never made this record, that he should have stuck with the same successful formula that he was using with the group. But what's the good of making a solo effort if you're just going to do the same thing over again? So these new recordings just simply show us there's another side to the man....and I am FEELING IT!! Don't make the mistake of pigeon-holing this talented brother! He has several notables in the realm of today's R&B assisting him on BACK TO THEN: Lil' Mo, Jimmy Cozier, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, and DJ Jazzy Jeff's A Touch of Jazz Productions (known for their use of real and live intrumentation, as opposed to sampling or using artificial means to create music, like much of R&B is today) to name just a few, but their contributions never overshadow the fact that this is Darius' CD. He has a refreshing old school/neo-soul vibe going. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this is a CD that has "Grammy" written all over it. The CD opens with Darius' current single climbing the charts (and my favorite song right now), "Wild One", written by Ryan Toby of the R&B group City High, but Darius co-wrote most of the songs on BACK TO THEN, that range from original head-bopping upbeat tunes to mellow, sensual ballads. He has proven himself to be an exceptional and sensitive songwriter, which was evident by his work with Hootie, and now he brings his talents to the R&B world with gems such as "Exodus", "Back To Then", "This Is My World", "Somewhere" , the excellent and heartfelt love ballad "Ten Years", and "Sometimes I Wonder", a silky, sexy duet that features neo-soul songstress and labelmate Jill Scott (Darius refers to her as his "Tammi Terrell"), which stands out as the showstopper on this CD. A close second is the sultry Prince-influenced "One More Night". And Darius gives us his amazing rendition of an Al Green oldie, "I'm Glad You're Mine". "Butterfly" and "Hold On" are both bluesy rockers that Hootie fans should like. The CD only hits one speed bump: The hip-hop track "Sleeping In My Bed" that features Snoop Dogg...it just did not fit, and let's just say that hip-hop is NOT Darius' forte. But with that one exception, BACK TO THEN is TIGHT! A impressive debut from the artist mistakenly known as "Hootie".....now everyone will know the name "Darius Rucker" instead!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soulful Darius Rucker

    Darius Rucker¿s debut solo album, Back to Then, will most definitely bring something new to your C.D. collection, Although he was the frontline man for alternative group Hootie and the Blowfish, he does bring a new flavor for an extended audience. His C.D. had a combination of sounds ranging from gospel tunes to gritty blues inspired vibes. He also delivers a soulful taste with his collaborations with Jill Scott and Lil¿ Mo on a couple of tracks. However, Darius does keep some of the essence that will keep the Hootie and the Blowfish fans happy also. The sound is definitely a little unique, but it is pretty contagious. This is certainly something for the music listener who is tired of characterless music and processed sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most amazing crossover yet....

    I really enjoy this album. Darius has proven once and for all, that he is a very talented musician. He co-wrote most of the songs, and has a rich unique sound that must be heard. It's so nice to hear an artist who's not afraid to come out with a slow blues'ish solo. At a time when too many artists are just following a happy tune, it's just refreshing to hear this sound. This album is a must buy for all blues fans. This harkens back to Nat, and other great blues/soul artists.

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    Posted July 20, 2010

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