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Spending a few years out of the public eye can push a band in one of two directions -- a stylistic U-turn made in the hopes of attracting a whole new set of listeners or a retrenchment that affirms the substance of what initially drew folks into the fold. Darius Rucker and company take the latter approach on this comeback disc, which retains the warmth and amiability of their initial spate of releases while ever-so-slightly ratcheting up the southern-ness that always lurked beneath the surface. That might have something to do with the fact that the Blowfish boys called upon some of Nashville's bigger songwriting names to collaborate on Lucky's dozen songs. ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Spending a few years out of the public eye can push a band in one of two directions -- a stylistic U-turn made in the hopes of attracting a whole new set of listeners or a retrenchment that affirms the substance of what initially drew folks into the fold. Darius Rucker and company take the latter approach on this comeback disc, which retains the warmth and amiability of their initial spate of releases while ever-so-slightly ratcheting up the southern-ness that always lurked beneath the surface. That might have something to do with the fact that the Blowfish boys called upon some of Nashville's bigger songwriting names to collaborate on Lucky's dozen songs. Collaborators include Radney Foster, Trick Pony's Keith Burns, and Matraca Berg, who pitches in on the rough-hewn "The Killing Stone," a severe, Appalachian-tinged indictment of religious hypocrisy. While the country element at times overwhelms the proceedings, as on the mandolin-and-fiddle led "Leaving," most of the disc's material interpolates Nashville's influence beautifully. "Autumn Jones," for instance, wafts along in a gentle Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell fashion, while "State Your Peace" kicks in forcefully à la mid-period Jayhawks. Rucker's voice is as invitingly burnished as ever, and his bandmates haven't forgotten the crowd-pleasing lessons they learned on the bar circuit way back when -- making Looking for Lucky a mighty fortuitous homecoming for Hootie-philes of all stripes.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Hootie & the Blowfish's fifth studio effort is the first to feature extensive co-songwriting credits, as well as a few well-placed guest musicians. Recording Looking for Lucky in Nashville after wrapping up the tour for their 2004 Best Of set, Hootie & the Blowfish were joined by Fairweather Johnson producer Don Gehman as well as engineer Nick Brophy, who contributed some programming and "great noises" to the songs. That doesn't mean Darius Rucker is suddenly singing through a vocoder, or Jim Sonefeld has been replaced by the tinfoil prattle of electronic percussion. No way. Hootie & the Blowfish sound as natural as ever on Looking for Lucky, their ear for melody intact through a slick 12-song set of rootsy pop with insightful nods to country, blues, and gospel. Brophy's work is clear on "Hey Sister Pretty," where a guitar effect broods behind the main vocal and the song is mixed like a single from Train or Better Than Ezra. Rucker still sings in that rousing baritone, and the harmonies and acoustic strum tag it as Hootie. But the band's sound benefits from the slight makeover -- nothing fancy, just a slight tweak toward modernization. Elsewhere on Lucky, additional songwriting from folks like Matraca Berg and the Silos' Walter Salas-Humara brings more depth to the lyrics and arrangements. So "Smile" gives Rucker a chance to sing in a slightly higher register, while "Leaving" is a gently mischievous hybrid of progressive bluegrass and pop with New Grass Revival members Sam Bush and John Cowan guesting on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals. Other Looking for Lucky highlights include John Hobbs' organ on "Get Out of My Mind" adding punch to its already bustling chorus -- "Mind" also finds Rucker drinking alone again -- and the evocative "Killing Stone," the collaboration with Berg, which would fit nicely on a contemporary country album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707978422
  • Catalog Number: 79784

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 State Your Peace (3:37)
  2. 2 Hey Sister Pretty (3:25)
  3. 3 The Killing Stone (4:27)
  4. 4 Get Out of My Mind (2:58)
  5. 5 Another Year's Gone By (3:44)
  6. 6 Can I See You (3:38)
  7. 7 A Smile (3:49)
  8. 8 One Love (4:06)
  9. 9 Leaving (2:35)
  10. 10 Autumn Jones (3:27)
  11. 11 Free to Everyone (3:23)
  12. 12 Waltz into Me (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hootie & the Blowfish Primary Artist
Matraca Berg Background Vocals
Sam Bush Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Mark Bryan Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar, Group Member
John Cowan Vocal Harmony
John Hobbs Organ, Piano, Mellotron
Steve Nathan Organ
Darius Rucker Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Jim Sonefeld Percussion, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Dean Felber Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Ryan Newell Slide Guitar
Technical Credits
Matraca Berg Composer
Radney Foster Composer
Nick Brophy Composer
Mark Bryan Composer
Mark Dearnley Engineer
Don Gehman Producer
Derek George Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mark Tucker Cover Design
Keith Burns Composer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Darius Rucker Composer
Jim Sonefeld Composer
Dean Felber Composer
Hank Futch Composer
Phillip Lammonds Composer
Amy L. VonHolzhausen Cover Design
Ann Smalley Cover Design
Regina Sagna Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    I have been a Hootie Fan since the first CD and this latest one didn't disappoint! Very satisfying!! Track 9, "Leaving" is my favorite but all of these songs are WONDERFUL! Keep up the great work guys!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!!!

    I absolutely LOVE this CD! Usually, I'll buy a CD and only listen to 3-5 songs on a regular basis. But, I listen to every single song on this one! It's just... different. It's a little less "pop" and a lot more everything else. I can really hear a country influence in a song or two (at least). Like, in "Can I See You," I hear a little bit of Diamond Rio or Blackhawk. It's just an awesome album, and I hope we get more similar to it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD will collect dust

    A forgettable CD. Nothing memorable or fun here. This CD doesn't rock. It's non-offensive to everyone except in the sense that every song sounds the same. A somewhat boring CD that you will listen to a few times and then put away and rarely if ever listen to just like Hootie's Musical Chairs, Scattered Smothered and Covered or their self-titled Hootie and the Blowfish.

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