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Cracked Rear View CD

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  • Audio CD (6 Mar. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000002IZC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Original 1994 Atlantic Records release of 'Cracked Rear View' - 11 track CD by Hootie & the Blowfish

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Cracked Rear View Mirror marks the commercial debut of these college buddies from South Carolina and it sold an astonishing 13 million copies in its first year of release. With Darius Rucker's ringing baritone and Mark Bryan's muscular guitar framing Jim Sonefeld's bluesy, energetic southern folk rock tunes, it's easy to understand its success: It's the kind of thoroughly likeable album people sing along with on the car radio. When Rucker demands, "Stand up and let me see you smile", there's something that feels real and convincing behind it; sure, it's a formula, but a sincere one and it works over and over again. Songs like "Let Her Cry", "Hold My Hand" and "Running from an Angel" lay down the rhythm for a cohesive, feel-good collection. There may not be a lot of virtuosity behind it but there's plenty of fun. --Barrie Trinkle

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Unless I'm mistaken, Cracked Rear View still has to be one of the most successful debut albums ever released. This album was huge, boasting several hit singles and getting more airplay than just about anything else out there for months on end. Strangely enough, the group only managed one small blip on the radar in the years following this release, but that doesn't take anything away from the success of this, their first and most successful commercial release. Being from North Carolina, I felt a special affinity for these South Carolina brethren of mine, and indeed at one point I actually acquired the moniker of Hootie myself (for reasons I could probably not explain even if I could remember them). I also loved the obvious influence of Bob Dylan in their music; heck, these guys actually incorporated some of the lyrics from Dylan's classic Tangled Up in Blue in their hit single Only Wanna Be With You.
Speaking of hit singles, Hold My Hand and Let Her Cry (along with Only Wanna Be With You) dominated the airwaves for a few weeks short of forever, and I do believe Time also registered on the charts. I seem to remember Hannah Jane also coming out as a single - if it didn't, it certainly should have as this, the album's leadoff track, in many ways typifies the type of music Hootie and the guys perfected. Running From an Angel also stands head and shoulders above most of the songs recorded during the somewhat dead years of the mid-90s. Darius Rucker's voice just has a special quality impossible to describe - soothing in a sandpapery sort of way. He could be the king of the party, and he could also touch something in your soul when his musical mood turned melancholy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Prest on 14 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This first album by H&TB is probably their best work.
Combining tremendous AOR & blues rythmns, a huge amount of talent & musicianship and demonstrating an obvious love of their work, this is an album of excellent quality. It's got love songs, songs about life in general and some more upbeat tracks as well.
Don't forget: This is one of the fastest-selling albums of all time, and for good reason...
The out-and-out pure craftsmanship of highly-talented musicians doing what they obvously love shines throughout this whole album.
This was the album that won the band the best new act at the MTV awards, in the year that all the British music press could talk about was the "Blur vs. Oasis" hype.
Even though this album was released a few years ago, it still stands the test of time as a classic:
Every time you put the album on, it's like a breath of fresh air - each track sounds like it could have been produced yesterday.
In a time of bands producing albums that are "all filler, no killer" and where you find yourself fast-forwarding to the best songs, the sound of this band comes out strongly as something different to what else is around, yet it also calls out to you like the music you've always heard (or that you've always wanted to hear).
A special mention must go to the lead singer, Darius Rucker, who has the most amazing, soulful voice:
The power of his voice just touches your heart every time you hear it and -unlike many other singers with great voices- he has got a fabulous range and this album allows him to demonstrate his wealth of talents. Fast, slow, soulful, happy, loving - this album has it all.
I've been listening to music of -literally- all styles for the last 25+ years and nothing comes close to this H&TB album....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing album from a group of great guys from Columbia, SC. They have a very innocent, honest and alluring sound. Darius Rucker, the lead singer, has a one of a kind voice that you can recognise anywhere, it's deep and hypnotic. The majority of the songs have a melancholy sound to them such as "Time", Running From An Angel", "Let Her Cry", and "Drowning". There are a few upbeat tunes, which are also the more well-known ones: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You". If you have not yet been introduced to Hootie and The Blowfish...now's your chance - take it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "jezdobbie" on 22 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this cd in a bar and i just had to ask who it was..I didn't know who Hootie And The Blowfish were then but I do now!This cd is amazing "Hold My Hand" and "Let Her Cry" are my two faves on this debut set..hasn't Darius Rucker got the most amazing voice?..That said this is their best album and I now have all their cds and this one is the best..I'm glad I discovered them...buy this cd and you will be too!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. S. Hutchence on 10 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this for myself a few years back, this time it was for a friend. It stands among the best music CDs that I have, along with the other Hooty recordings such as Scattered, Smothered and Covered. There's depth, soul (not soul music, necessarily) and impressive rhythm to this band's music which is rare to find anywhere else. Listen to it three times if you don't like it the first time round - you'll never regret it! Why Hooty and the Blowfish are not better known in the UK heaven only knows, but if you've any doubts just buy it.
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