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Hootie & The Blowfish comprised of four University of South Carolina graduates, began as a classic rock/R.E.M. cover band, but polished an original sound through persistent East Coast tours, and developed a fanatical regional following with their 1993 indy release KOOCHYPOP. With CRACKED REAR VIEW, Hootie & The Blowfish have distilled their unique brand of Southern rock & soul into a driving pop sound, marked by an insistent rhythm groove, shimmering, soaring guitar work, and sweet country/R&B-styled vocal harmonies. Certified at 16 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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Cracked Rear View 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 likable 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 5, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: July 5, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IZC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's strange how a band can be the hugest act in America and the most hated all at the same time.This strange pop paradox fits Hootie & The Blowfish like a glove.
Down-home South Carolina boys playing unoffensive,very enjoyable,heartland style rock.Hootie offered an alternative to the morose,moody stylings of grunge in the world of rock/pop in
the mid '90s and turned out to have one of the best-selling albums in US history with this 1994 debut,"Cracked Rear View".
Now I know that it's "against the rules" for a credible music
fan to display love towards a unabashed mainstream pop act but
I happened to like Hootie's brand of feel-good frat boy rock!:-)
"Time",the lovelorn hit "Let Her Cry","I Only Want To Be With You",and the criminally overplayed "Hold My Hand"-all down-home,
Americana-styled pop/rock songs that are as easy and cozy as a Southern breeze.
Those who bash Hootie seem to be missing the point.They never seemed to proclaim themselves as intellectual rockers
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By rockthebells on March 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Over the last several years, it seems that people make fun of those who still like Hootie & the Blowfish. No matter what they say, this album is still a classic. The massive amount of hits ("Hold My Hand," "Let Her Cry," "Only Wanna Be With You," and "Time")are great, but the lesser-known songs are even better. "Hannah Jane" and "Running from an Angel" are awesome, while the albums final two tracks, "Not Even the Trees" and "Goodbye" are probably the best songs the band has ever put out. The weaker material ("I'm Goin' Home," "Drowning") is pretty good, but the excellence of the rest of the songs makes the few decent ones forgivable. The album as a whole flows well and, while not groundbreaking or complex, it's still a really good album.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Schultz on November 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is awesome... There is a reason that it sold 16+ million copies. Unfortunately it was overplayed and backlashed on the band, as is most music today. I will today and will always say that this is one of the best albums from the 90's/00's, as are all 6 of their albums.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "kmanda" on March 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A couple of days ago I was watching a television program where Hootie and the Blowfish were compared to REM. REM being one of my favorite bands, I thought, "Well, maybe I should look into Hootie." That is when it hit me! A gift someone had given a couple of years ago, "Cracked Rear View". While blowing the dust off of the CD and taking "Automatic for the People" out of my CD player, I looked at the track listing and realized I had heard less then half of them. So I set my stereo to shuffle and the first thing I hear is the inspirational bonus track, "Motherless Child." I was truly amazed! So once he had blown me away with some of the tracks that I heard with the shuffle function, I flipped to the only track I hadn't heard yet, a song called "Not Even the Trees". I really had no idea what to expect- but i realized after the song had started that I had saved the best for last! The one recurring thought I had through the whole album was how much Darious Rucker's guitar sounded like the guitar in "Walkaways" off "Recovering the Satellites" by the Counting Crows. I guess if I had to say "If you like Hootie, you will love..." I would finish that sentance with the Counting Crows and REM. This is a truly amazing debut!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mikeazzo22@hotmail.com on May 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Although only selling 5 copies in England, Cracked Rear View went on to break records of the biggest selling debut album of all time (counts at the moment are in excess of 20 million). If you are lucky enough to have heard any track of this album you will see why. Bordering on the lines of country rock once again we see an excellent example of how a band can produce the hits and keep the rest of the album as strong. The opening track Hannah Jane is a boppy rollocoster with Darius Ruckers voice in full swing from the off. The acoustics of tracks like Hold my hand and I'm going home, the piano led Goodbye (played by drummer Soni), viola Running From an Angel and the Euphoric Let her Cry bring a debut album which has just about everything. The emotion in Darius voice has to be heard - Sometimes sympathetic, sometimes angry, always empathic. Just hear it on Look Away which is one of my favourite songs on the album. The short and emotional ride has Hootie and the Blowfish doing what comes naturally making them more than just another band with a box of tricks. This box of tricks is here to stay. Enough said.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Harrison on November 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is full of strong vocals, hard hitting guitar chords, and upbeat lyrics. This pop/rock band creates a great sound. This album does not have a rating. It has eleven tracks and a run time of 46 minutes and 43 seconds. The album, under Atlantic Records label, was released on July 5, 1994. "Cracked Rear View" is currently available for under ten dollars. The subtle mix of upbeat songs and slower ballads makes for a great album. The lead vocals, performed by Darius Rucker, are very baritone with a little raspy sound. The harmonies are perfectly placed within each song. This album sold over 12 million copies when it was first released and will always be a great album to have in your collection. Hootie and the Blowfish acommplished exactly waht they had set out to and they did it well.
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