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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Like most bands that hail from their neck of the woods, Hootie & the Blowfish started life as a bar band, playing places that demand lots of covers played lots of ways, an order reflected in this disc's Waffle House-inspired title. But while most of their peers quickly washed their hands of those days, Darius Rucker and company have always shown a lingering fondness for them, trotting out odd covers that often became concert highlights -- songs that now become the meat and potatoes of this 15-song set. Scattered, Smothered and Covered is Hootie's way to dust off some old favorites and, in the process, give fans a good look at their roots, which branch out in directions as varied as R.E.M. whose "Driver 8" gets a chugging run-through here and Led Zeppelin represented by a surprisingly muscular "Hey, Hey What Can I Do". While some of the stretches are a bit too tough to take -- Rucker can't make heads or tails of the Smiths' moping "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" -- the band should be commended for emphasizing good songs, including two from Austin's underrated Reivers, over easily recognizable ones. It's a fine listen, even without a watery draft beer in hand.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's easy to make fun of Hootie & the Blowfish because they are what everyone says they are -- a bar band made good. Since they were a bar band from the early '90s, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they knocked out Smiths and R.E.M. covers along with songs from the Led Zeppelin and Bill Withers songbooks -- this was the music of the time, and they were a band of their time. All of this surfaces on their B-sides and rarities collection, Scattered, Smothered and Covered. As these 15 songs bounce between covers and tuneful originals slightly less memorable than their big hits, it occurs to you that this must be how Hootie & the Blowfish sounded in Southern college bars before they recorded Cracked Rear View -- they're amiable, good-humored, earnest, and likable. Since the big hits are missing, the group sounds a bit like a local act, too -- the kind of group that wrote sturdy songs but never found a transcendent hook -- but that's not a bad thing, since that's always been part of their charm. And, the fact is, this band has real affection for jangle-pop-derived rock. They knew enough to dig out "I Go Blind," a good old 54-40 song, and place it on the Friends soundtrack at the height of the show's popularity, so they could make the guys some money. It's hard to hate a band that does that, and that lends a certain charm even to an album like Scattered, Smothered and Covered, which is as uneven as any rarities collection and, of course, only necessary for the hardcore, but blessed with an unexpected charm, since it proves in the best possible way that Hootie & the Blowfish really were America's bar band of the '90s.
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  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678340840
  • Catalog Number: 83408

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hootie & the Blowfish Primary Artist
Nanci Griffith Vocals
Mark Bryan Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Susan Cowsill Vocal Harmony
Peter Holsapple Mandolin
James Hooker Hammond Organ
Jamie Hoover Organ, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Doug Lancio Guitar
Pat McInerney Percussion
John Nau Keyboards
Timothy Sommer Organ
Gena Maria Rankin Vocal Harmony
Edwin McCain Vocals
Craig Shields Baritone Saxophone
De la Vega Bass
Darius Rucker Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Jim Sonefeld Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Dean Felber Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Gary Greene Percussion
Walker Sisters Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Don Dixon Producer, Engineer
Mark Dearnley Remixing, Mastering
Don Gehman Producer, Engineer, Remixing, Mastering
John Harris Engineer
Doug Trantow Engineer
Benjamin Niles Art Direction
John Codling Cover Photo
Billy Huelin Engineer, Live Sound
Matt Wilson Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nice job

    I think this was a nice tribute to the artists they covered. I am a BIG R.E.M. fan and I was very pleased with ''Driver 8''. I know the guys are big fans as well. I also enjoyed ''Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want''. Darius has such a warm, lovely, liquered voice. Araby is a great little tune. This is good driving music, so if you take a summer trip, grab this CD and enjoy the ride :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Looking to future through past

    From the opening chord of ''Fine Line,'' any listener should see this is a great classic\pop rock album. Rucker and Co. take the radio format of ''Cracked Rear View,'' the edgy-ness of ''Fairweather Johnson,'' and the style of ''Musical Chairs'' and throw the ingredients into a well-picked mix of covers. Throughout the course of the record - each song almost becomse a Hootie origina...a tough feat for most bands. Rucker continues to shine as a singer and frontman - his R&B flavored baritone soars throughout the album. Mark Byran's always tasteful guitar work as well as the Felbar/Sonefeld rythm section support the strong vocals of Rucker. Forget the naysayers - buy this album, pop in into your car CD player, and take a long ride with the windows down. Bring plenty of water - your throat may get dry from the all the sing alongs.

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