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Album Review

Following up a debut as successful as Cracked Rear View would be intimidating for most groups, but it had to be especially daunting for such a direct, straightforward combo as Hootie & the Blowfish. What made Cracked Rear View such a success was its very unpretentiousness; how each song sounded like it was the crowd-pleaser from the local bar band. Hootie & the Blowfish haven't lost that universal appeal on their second album, Fairweather Johnson, but they have been able to add more weight to their music. While the essential formula of Hootie's music hasn't changed — Darius Rucker still belts out anthemic choruses over interweaving acoustic guitars — the band is stronger and more muscular, giving their simple, direct melodies powerful support. They also have learned how to shade their music with varying dynamics and subtle arrangements, which also adds depth to the band. And behind the bright, singalong melodies, Rucker has hidden some surprisingly introspective and searching lyrics, tackling everything from racism to heartbreak. Hootie & the Blowfish still have a bit of trouble coming up with a set of consistently engaging songs, but the weakest moments on Fairweather Johnson resonate more than those on Cracked Rear View, while the best moments eclipse those on the debut. It's a surprisingly assured and effective second album.

Customer Reviews

Hardly disappointing!

I've listened to this album forward and backward a hundred times over and it never gets old. Truly one of their best and I have many a fond memory when
I hear these beautiful sounds.

Disappointing

When the album Cracked Rear View came out I was totally in awe! With the exception of one song on that album I loved them all to the point that I could listen to them over and over and not get tired of them. And even the one song on that CD that was the exception to the others was ok. I stood in line at a midnight release at a Media Play (remember those stores?) to get this album and when I got it home I couldn't believe how bad it really was. Actually bad isn't exactly the right thing to say, more like the previous album (Cracked Rear View) was so good that this one just coudn't compete. There are two songs on this album that I really like, "Tucker's Town" and "Old Man & Me". Those two songs remind me of the Cracked Rear View album and are really great songs. The only other song worth mentioning on this album is "Honeyscrew", all other songs are mediocre at best. So just a warning: if you' are expecting more songs of the likes that appeared on the Cracked Rear View album, on this album, you'll be disappointed.

The way it should be!!!

Some people didn't like this album, i do not know why, maybe they were expecting a radio hit song. But i feel it has the true alternative essence of the early 90's, now i am an extreme music fan, but Hootie & The Blowfish is still sounding in my ipod and making me think back of those old days when everything was the way it should be!!!

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Columbia, SC

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

For a short time, Hootie & the Blowfish was the most popular band in America. Grunge music ruled the airwaves during the mid-'90s, but Hootie played a mainstream pop variation of blues-rock, and their easy-going sound netted them a string of Top 40 hits. Formed at the University of South Carolina, the group featured lead vocalist/guitarist Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, and Jim "Soni" Sonefeld, and the band's name referred to two mutual friends (not Rucker and the group itself). Cracked...
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