Hootie & The Blowfish

Hootie & The Blowfish

by Hootie & the BlowfishHootie & the Blowfish


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To paraphrase "Turn! Turn! Turn!," there's a time for adventure and a time for comfort -- and when the emotional clock rolls around to the latter, these Carolinians deliver exactly what's needed. Not much has changed in Hootie-ville over the years -- even given a four-year hiatus -- but then again, granny's mashed potatoes never needed any tinkering with, either. The band's first studio effort since 1998's Musical Chairs places Darius Rucker's mellifluous baritone in its customary front-and-center position, all the better to imbue songs like "Innocence" and "Deeper Side" with a misty-eyed blend of melancholy and hopefulness. Power ballads dominate the set, but the subtle production tweaks imparted by Don Was tone down the jangle in favor of a more spacious overall tone. That comes through just as much on the set's more up-tempo numbers, particularly the country-fried "Little Darlin," which allows drummer Jim Sonnefeld to kick up his heels a bit. Feeling the need for a little help from their friends, the band called in Susan Cowsill and Vicki Peterson of the Continental Drifters for a cover of that band's "Rain Song," as well as Indigo Girl Emily Saliers, who provides a nice foil for Rucker on "When She's Done."

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Release Date: 03/04/2003
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678356421
catalogNumber: 83564
Rank: 28230

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