16 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Darius Rucker's booming baritone and his bandmates' sunshine-bright jangle fueled Hootie & The Blowfish's acousti-pop superstardom in the ‘90s. Rucker's heart-on-sleeve vocal performance and a soaring guitar line turn “Only Wanna Be with You” into puppy-love ear candy; the apologetic “Tucker's Town” has a twangy edge that gives its farewells extra poignance. Rucker's raspy bellow is commanding, but on melancholy songs like the bittersweet “Let Her Cry,” he imbues his delivery with a soulful gentleness. Rooted in Southern rock traditions that include R.E.M. as well as “Free Bird,” Hootie & The Blowfish serve up a potent, yet pleasant, stew.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Darius Rucker's booming baritone and his bandmates' sunshine-bright jangle fueled Hootie & The Blowfish's acousti-pop superstardom in the ‘90s. Rucker's heart-on-sleeve vocal performance and a soaring guitar line turn “Only Wanna Be with You” into puppy-love ear candy; the apologetic “Tucker's Town” has a twangy edge that gives its farewells extra poignance. Rucker's raspy bellow is commanding, but on melancholy songs like the bittersweet “Let Her Cry,” he imbues his delivery with a soulful gentleness. Rooted in Southern rock traditions that include R.E.M. as well as “Free Bird,” Hootie & The Blowfish serve up a potent, yet pleasant, stew.

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