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Album Review

Hootie & the Blowfish's debut album, Cracked Rear View, was the success story of 1994/1995, selling over 12 million copies. It's a startling, large number, especially for a new band, but in some ways, the success of the record isn't that surprising. Although Hootie & the Blowfish aren't innovative, they deliver the goods, turning out an album of solid, rootsy folk-rock songs that have simple, powerful hooks. "Hold My Hand" has a singalong chorus that epitomizes the band's good-times vibes. None of the tracks transcend their generic status, but they are strong songs for their genre, with crisp chords and bright melodies. Still, the songs wouldn't be convincing without the emotive vocals of Darius Rucker, whose gruff baritone has more grit than the actual songs. At their core, Hootie & the Blowfish are a bar band, but they managed to convince millions of listeners that they were the local bar band, and that's why Cracked Rear View was a major success.

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Go Gamecocks! And Blowfish!

Ahhhhh childhood…..

I'll never forget where I was the first time I heard 'Time'. My parents had just recently gotten divorced and I was 5 years old. My dad had heard some of their music on the radio and wanted to buy the CD. One night, I was leaving his house to go back to my moms and he popped in a CD. That was the day that I got into music. Shortly after, my Dad gave me this album and bought himself another copy.
That was ALL the way back in 1995/1996.
All these years I've grown up, this album only gets better with age. I still have the original CD in my car. I listen to it all the time. Its no wonder I haven't worn it down yet! Truly good music here. This album pretty much covers every emotion I ever felt. I grew up with this album. Hard to believe we're closing in on the 20th anniversary of this album.
Either way, this album holds a pretty special place in my life. Glad it was my 'first'.

One of the best

This album has and will still remain the lone musical representative of the culture of the Carolinas. South carolina that is.


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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Cracked Rear View, Hootie & The Blowfish
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative, American Trad Rock, Jam Bands
  • Released: Jul 01, 1994

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