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.
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.
More than 1 year ago
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...
More than 1 year ago
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!