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As the front man of Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker has already experienced success - earning two Grammy awards and selling over 25 million albums worldwide. Embracing his Country roots and a music he has always wanted to make, Darius is attracting the attention of Country fans who are discovering his voice for the first time, and rewarding Hootie fans with new music featuring one of the most unique voices across any genre of music. Featuring his debut Country single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It", Learn to Live features 12 undeniable Country hits and a voice that is unarguably Darius Rucker. "I have always written Country songs...for me, this is really just part of the natural evolution of my career. I plan to be doing this for a long time. This isn't a one album deal - it's a career thing," explains Rucker.

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As the lead singer and co-writer for Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker always eschewed overt R & B, and fixed the band’s music in roots rock. Now on this solo album, Learn to Live, he immerses himself in the typical Nashville themes of home, hearth, and spirituality, with varying results. His sturdy baritone knows how to carry these messages, and he displays an ease with country phrasing. Furthermore, he's assembled a fine passel of pickers, from mainstream guests Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley, to 'grassers Aubrey Haynie and Bryan Sutton. All this works fine on the radio—the album and the single "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," which logged the number one slot on the country charts. But while Rucker pays fine homage to Buck Owens with the intro to the humorous divorce declaration "All I Want," and nurtures his inner redneck on the barroom anthem "Drinkin' and Dialin'," too many clichés weave their way into his lyrics, and the overall sound is that of amiable, cookie-cutter, country pop. Next time out, let’s hope Rucker reaches farther back into his South Carolina roots for a more authentic backwoods connection. -– Alanna Nash

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Records
  • ASIN: B001CJOHCU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker released his third country album, True Believers on May 21, 2013. The album is the third consecutive album to top the Billboard Country albums chart and features the Platinum-certified, ACM and CMA nominated, GRAMMY award-winning two week No. 1 single “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker’s first two country albums, Learn To Live and ... Read more in Amazon's Darius Rucker Store

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This album is one of the best I've heard.
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I love Hootie and the Blowfish music, so decided to buy this CD, also being quite a fan of Country and Western.
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Every song has such great lyrics and Rucker has such a great voice!!
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A* VINE VOICE on September 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
To say Darius Rucker is new to country would be a slight, he grew up in the South and has cut his share of country tinged material, just take a listen to Scattered, Smothered and Covered to hear Rucker's excellent baritone in full bloom -- the guy can sing. And it is a wonderful thing to know that the material stands up to his earnest delivery.

Rucker approached the material by gathering a gaggle of current country mainstays to lend their talents, Brad Paisley's paw prints are all over, "All I Want" and that's a good thing. "Forever Road" carries the same weight of a great chorus (that you can sing along with) and a catchy hook that could get a bite from a fish without bait. But the stomper goes to "Drinkin' and Dialin'."

The ballads are the selling point here, Rucker's voice sells them. Rightfully so, he's clear in the mix, he sounds sincere on songs such as "History in the Making," and "Don't Think I Don't Know." A standout track is the contemplative "If I Had Wings," it could have been too cloying, too schmaltzy, but Rucker's voice won't allow it to be, but credit also belongs to Vince Gill and Alison Krauss for their amazing backing vocals.

An excellent pop-country disc that will get its share of radio play, and rightfully so.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By George W. Adams III on September 17, 2008
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When I picked this up yesterday I was not sure what to expect. I assumed there would be 3-4 tracks that would stand out, along with some filler. But, this is an excellent record. Every track is exceptional on its own. The gems are the humorous "Drinkin and Dialin", the upbeat "It's Alright", and the touching "It won't be like this for Long", and "If I Had Wings." I am the Father of a beautiful little girl, and I literally cried listening to "It Won't be..(Damn you Darius). If you are a parent you will too, if not you should be ashamed of yourself.

But whatever your musical tastes may be, and I am not a pop country fan, but this album is earnest and real, and the musicians are excellent. Darius' baritone has never sounded better, and for all Hootie haters, you must appreciate his talents and give him his due. He has sold millions of records and can write quality music in any genre. Although, he did receive some collaborative help from some of today's best country talents, combined with his song crafting skills, the effort is worth the price. Darius states that he has found his niche, and has signed on for several albums with Capitol (Nashville), and if "Learn to Live" is just the beginning-look out! Mr. Rucker will be performing in Huntsville, AL at Big Spring Jam, Saturday Sept. 27, @ 7:30pm, and I cannot wait to hear this new material-live.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Angela Boone on October 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I was a little hesitant on this album... I love Darius and Hootie, but country? Of course I had heard the single and liked it, and my husband got the album for me. My initial reaction, not being much of a country fan, was, "Wow, this really IS country!" I didn't like it the first time. But I listened again and now I can't stop listening to it. I have tuned out the twang that I don't care for in country music and absolutely LOVE Darius' voice and lyrics on these songs. "It won't be like this for long" makes me cry every time I hear it, and I find myself singing along with a smile to "Drinkin' and dialin'". This is a great album and I love it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C.B. Radley on October 20, 2008
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It's been a while since I wrote an album review, but I just had to give my two cents on this one. This cd is spectacular! When I first heard Darius Rucker was going country, I was quite excited as 1)I have been a fan since I first saw the video for "Hold My Hand", and 2)I have recently been converted to a full-blown country music fan. And Hootie & The Blowfish's music really isn't that far from country anyway, so I knew it wouldn't be a stretch.
If you are a Hootie fan, you will love this. If you're a country music fan, you will love this. If you're any kind of music fan in general, and just appreciate a good song, you will love this. If not, you just have your head up your a$$.
Although there have been some good albums come out recently (particularly country albums as current rock pretty much sucks right now), I would go as far as to say this is the best album of the year. I wouldn't be surprised if Darius wins multiple awards for this.
Now for my detailed review/rating of each song:
1. Forever Road - Perfect opening song. You pretty much get the feel for the album with this one. By the end of the first chorus you find yourself going "yeah!" 5/5
2. All I Want - This is one of my favorites on the cd. It's so Dwight Yoakum! Very clever lyrics..."all I want you to leave me is alone". Brad Paisley plays guitar on this one. Pure country enjoyment. 5/5
3. Don't Think I Don't Think About It - the first single, and a perfect choice as far as I'm concerned. Many people have heard this on the radio and didn't realize who it was. 5/5
4. Learn To Live - the title track. It's a cute little song where he sings about sitting on his grandpa's knee, and what he's learned from him.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By kindasorta on September 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Every song on this album could potentially be a hit...it's THAT good. Musically, vocally, and lyrically, Darius is at the top of his game. Suffice it to say that this could be one of the best albums of 2008.

The mastering, however, is awful. Once again, like everything else released these days, the audio is over-compressed to maximum volume levels. There is clipping and distortion on several tracks, and in general the album sounds harsh, cold, and digital. On what should be soft ballads (like If I Had Wings), the violins are compressed right to the top of the dynamic range and they just scream through the mix. On the uptempo songs everything is so loud that distortion can be heard. I hate to detract stars from this album but I have to do it simply for the terrible mastering. I don't care how good the music is...if its presented like garbage I will rate it as such.

When are these record companies going to stop selling us sonically damaged products? Then they wonder why no one wants to 'buy' CD's any more!
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