Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs

by Hootie & the BlowfishHootie & the Blowfish


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/1998
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678313622
catalogNumber: 83136
Rank: 50324

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hootie & the Blowfish   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Robert Becker   Violin
Mark Bryan   Banjo,Guitar,Background Vocals
Larry Corbett   Cello
Susan Cowsill   Vocals
Joel Derouin   Violin
Peter Holsapple   Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Accordion
John Nau   Organ,Harmonica,Piano,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   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Rachel Purkin   Violin
Gary Greene   Percussion

Technical Credits

David Campbell   Arranger
Don Gehman   Producer,Engineer
Doug Trantow   Engineer
Benjamin Niles   Art Direction

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