True Believers

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
By this point in the Darius Rucker discography, it's no longer a talking point that the former Hootie & the Blowfish singer is attempting a country career. True Believers is the singer's third album exploring contemporary country styles, following a strong showing with both 2008's Learn to Live and its 2010 follow-up, Charleston, SC 1966. The thing is, with a few songs you have to be listening pretty closely to differentiate the country affectations from the pop songwriting Rucker's been doing all along. There are flourishes of pedal steel here and there, and his cover of Old Crow Medicine Show's bluegrass stomper "Wagon Wheel" and the gospel-country rumination on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
By this point in the Darius Rucker discography, it's no longer a talking point that the former Hootie & the Blowfish singer is attempting a country career. True Believers is the singer's third album exploring contemporary country styles, following a strong showing with both 2008's Learn to Live and its 2010 follow-up, Charleston, SC 1966. The thing is, with a few songs you have to be listening pretty closely to differentiate the country affectations from the pop songwriting Rucker's been doing all along. There are flourishes of pedal steel here and there, and his cover of Old Crow Medicine Show's bluegrass stomper "Wagon Wheel" and the gospel-country rumination on missing South Carolina "Take Me Home" can't really be argued with in terms of down-home traditions, but a fair amount of the tracks rock as much as they drawl, with distorted guitars coming through as often as banjo. What really pushes the album into country territory more than the instrumentation is Rucker's sometimes naked storytelling. Songs take on the form of stories about the difficulties of marriage and middle age, the importance of family, or memories of happy times growing up. "Radio" grooves somewhere between alt-pop and '80s Top 40 fare as Rucker reminisces about simpler times, and the slow-burning title track tells the devotional tale of a couple meeting, falling in love, and striving for better things through challenges together. "Miss You" captures the frustration of a passionless marriage in subtle lines like "Had a bottle of wine and a perfectly fine dinner" before getting personal with lyrics like "How can we say we're still in love and not be lovers?" Cameos by Sheryl Crow and Mallary Hope add to the album that volleys between feel-good rockers and bittersweet ballads, relying as much on modern country stylings as Rucker's gifts for catchy pop melodies that first appeared in a slightly more alternative guise back in the '90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2013
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099960270825
  • Catalog Number: 2708
  • Sales rank: 323

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 True Believers (4:04)
  2. 2 Miss You (4:01)
  3. 3 Wagon Wheel (4:58)
  4. 4 Love Without You (3:19)
  5. 5 Radio (3:09)
  6. 6 Lost in You (3:28)
  7. 7 I Will Love You Still - Mallary Hope (3:49)
  8. 8 Take Me Home (4:09)
  9. 9 Shine (4:11)
  10. 10 Heartbreak Road (3:13)
  11. 11 Leavin' the Light On (3:56)
  12. 12 Lie to Me (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darius Rucker Primary Artist
Sheryl Crow Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
David Angell Strings
John Catchings Strings
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
David Davidson Strings
Greg Morrow Drums
Gordon Mote Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Russ Pahl Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes Bass
Kris Wilkinson Strings
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Gayle Mayes Background Vocals
Angela Primm Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Frank Rogers Keyboards
Dave Haywood Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Hillary Scott Background Vocals
Charles Kelley Background Vocals
Mike Johnson Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Neal Cappellino Engineer
Bob DiPiero Composer
Billy Sherrill Engineer
David Lee Murphy Composer
Brian David Willis Engineer, Digital Editing
Drew Bollman Engineer
Darius Rucker Composer
Mark Nesler Composer
Monty Criswell Composer
Richard Barrow Engineer
Shane McAnally Composer
Frank Rogers Composer, Producer
Joanna Carter Art Direction
Michelle Hall Producer
Rodney Clawson Composer
Ashley Gorley Composer
Josh Kear Composer
Phil O'Donnell Composer
Luke Laird Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Phillip White Composer
Brandy Clark Composer
Dallas Davidson Composer
Ketch Secor Composer
Rhett Atkins Composer
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