Musical Chairs [Australia]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Although Hootie & the Blowfish delivered a fine second album, they had no hope of matching the phenomenal success of their debut, Cracked Rear View, so Fairweather Johnson was perceived as a flop, even though it moved over two million copies. In a way, that perception of failure was the best thing that could have happened to the band. With the spotlight being shone somewhere else Alanis Morissette, to be exact, Hootie & the Blowfish could return to what they loved best -- playing music and being in a band. Musical Chairs, the group's third album, illustrates what a blessing it was for the group. Despite a couple of production flourishes, such as the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Although Hootie & the Blowfish delivered a fine second album, they had no hope of matching the phenomenal success of their debut, Cracked Rear View, so Fairweather Johnson was perceived as a flop, even though it moved over two million copies. In a way, that perception of failure was the best thing that could have happened to the band. With the spotlight being shone somewhere else Alanis Morissette, to be exact, Hootie & the Blowfish could return to what they loved best -- playing music and being in a band. Musical Chairs, the group's third album, illustrates what a blessing it was for the group. Despite a couple of production flourishes, such as the occasional horn section and strings, it's no breakthrough or stylistic departure -- it's simply a well-made album, filled with catchy tunes. In other words, it's exactly like their first two records, but the performances are more kinetic and fun than on Fairweather Johnson, and the songs are arguably as consistent as those on Cracked Rear View. That's why Musical Chairs feels a bit like a comeback, but it really shouldn't be viewed that way -- it's just a consolidation of their talents and further proof that Hootie & the Blowfish are a fine mainstream pop
ock band. [Musical Chairs is also available in an import release.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/1999
  • Label: Wea International
  • UPC: 075678088728
  • Catalog Number: 80887

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Will Wait (4:14)
  2. 2 Wishing (2:48)
  3. 3 Las Vegas Nights (4:05)
  4. 4 Only Lonely (4:38)
  5. 5 Answer Man (3:22)
  6. 6 Michelle Post (2:20)
  7. 7 Bluesy Revolution (4:46)
  8. 8 Home Again (4:07)
  9. 9 One by One (3:50)
  10. 10 Desert Mountain Showdown (2:45)
  11. 11 What's Going on Here (4:36)
  12. 12 What Do You Want from Me Now (3:43)
  13. 13 Closet Full of Fear (3:20)
  14. 14 Driver 8 (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hootie & the Blowfish Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov Violin
Robert Becker Violin, Viola
Mark Bryan Banjo, Guitar, Background Vocals
Larry Corbett Cello
Susan Cowsill Vocals
Joel Derouin Violin
Peter Holsapple Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Accordion, Electric Guitar
John Nau Harmonica, Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Vox Jaguar
Patrick Warren chamberlain
LeRoi Moore Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Gena Maria Rankin Vocals
Boyd Tinsley Violin
Suzie Katayama Cello
Darius Rucker Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Jim Sonefeld Bass, Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Dean Felber Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Rachel Purkin Violin
Gary Greene Percussion
Technical Credits
Don Gehman Producer, Engineer
Doug Trantow Engineer
Benjamin Niles Art Direction
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