Cracked Rear Viewby Hootie & the Blowfish
Hootie & the Blowfish's debut album, Cracked Rear View, was the success story of 1994/1995, selling over 12 million copies. It's a startling, large number, especially for a new band, but in some ways, the success of the record isn't that surprising. Although Hootie & the Blowfish aren't innovative, they deliver the goods, turning out an album of solid, rootsy folk-rock songs that have simple, powerful hooks. "Hold My Hand" has a singalong chorus that epitomizes the band's good-times vibes. None of the tracks transcend their generic status, but they are strong songs for their genre, with crisp chords and bright melodies. Still, the songs wouldn't be convincing without the emotive vocals of Darius Rucker, whose gruff baritone has more grit than the actual songs. At their core, Hootie & the Blowfish are a bar band, but they managed to convince millions of listeners that they were the local bar band, and that's why Cracked Rear View was a major success.
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Performance CreditsHootie & the Blowfish Primary Artist
David Crosby Background Vocals
Lili Haydn Viola
John Nau Piano,Hammond Organ
Darius Rucker Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Jim Sonefeld Percussion,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Glasses
Dean Felber Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Clavinet
Technical CreditsDon Gehman Producer,Engineer
Jean Cronin Art Direction
Gloria Gabriel Producer
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All of the songs on this CD RULE! From track 1 to 11, none of them are disappointing. I especially liked the choruses (pardon my spelling), namely ''Hold My Hand'' and ''Running From an Angel''. All their songs have a light blues tone to them, which adds to the coolness. So if you like Pop/Rock and want an alternative to the traditional boy-bands, give Cracked Rear View a try. You definately won't be disappointed!
Despite the backlash and cruel jokes you hear about Hootie and the Blowfish, this album is truly a classic. Every song is at least good, most are very good or great, like ''Let Her Cry'' ''Hold My Hand'' and ''Drowning.'' You can get sucked in by the hooks, sing along with the choruses and just feel the emotion in Darius' voice. This will never leave your CD player or car (it's great for driving to). It doesnt matter what your favorite kind of rock or music is, this album is for everyone!
Cracked Rear View is a masterpiece, the best cd ever made. I got it when it first came out and nothing else compares. Darius voice is undescribable. I got to watch these guys live and there even better live. Good old 90's rock.