Hootie And The Blowfish - 2003 Hootie And The Blowfish

ARTIST: Hootie And The Blowfish
ALBUM: Hootie And The Blowfish
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 83564-2
YEAR: 2003

LINEUP: Darius Rucker - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica * Mark Bryan - guitar, mandolin, backing vocals * Jim 'Soni' Sonefeld - drums, guitar, loops, backing vocals * Dean Felber - bass, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Deeper Side * 02 Little Brother * 03 Innocence * 04 Space * 05 I'll Come Running * 06 Tears Fall Down * 07 The Rain Song * 08 Show Me Your Heart * 09 When She's Gone * 10 Little Darlin' * 11 Woody * 12 Go And Tell Him (Soup Song) * 13 Alright (Hidden Track)


Ten years after their breakthrough album 'Cracked Rear View', it's surprising to see South Carolina's Hootie And The Blowfish still releasing records, let alone releasing records on a major label.

Atlantic Records may still be the band's home, but on the evidence of the band's first album for four years, it won't be for much longer. Despite the presence of legendary producer Don Was, Hootie And The Blowfish still manage to churn out music as bland and dull as the new release's unimaginative title suggests.

The Songs

Opener 'Deeper Side' epitomises everything about their sound that launched the band to multi-platinum stardom a decade ago, and if you remember 'Hold My Hand' or 'Only Wanna Be With You' from 'Cracked Rear View', you'll know it hasn't changed much.

The syrupy schmaltz of 'Innocence' doesn't greatly experiment with the trademark formula either, and while it's nothing new at least 'Space' is a relatively raucous track for Hootie and showcases vocalist Darius Rucker's voice well.

Despite their limitations, these songs are vastly preferable to the band's horrible attempt at funk on 'Little Brother' or the abomination that is 'Go and Tell Him (Soup Song)'.

Elsewhere, more mid-paced rockers such as 'The Rain Song' and weak ballads like 'When She's Gone' clutter up the running order of an album that couldn't drag much more even if it was attempting to pull a ten-ton truck behind it.

In Summary

I'm sure there are fans out there who still appreciate what Hootie And The Blowfish have to offer, but on this mediocre album I don't think there's enough of them left to avoid the band's next release after this it could very well be a farewell greatest hits collection.

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