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Diggin’ In The Crates: Remember When Hootie Tried Neo-Soul?

darius_rucker.jpgHow many of y'all remember when Hootie kicked the Blowfish to the curb, signed with Hidden Beach Recordings and released an album under his government name, Darius Rucker? Yeah, I recall it well and found it a hard pill to swallow myself.

Actually, Hootie wasn't even Darius' nickname, and the group simply took a break at the time. Selling tens of millions of albums can be quite taxing, you know. So during that downtime, Rucker decided to explore his roots and tried his hand at making some sweet soul music. The result was the 2002 release, Back To Then, which was quite an unfortunate album. Intrigued at the notion of Rucker pairing with neo-soul/jazz label Hidden Beach, I gave the CD a listen, but it just wasn't my cup of chamomile. The only song that I could bear to listen to more than once was his duet with Jill Scott, "Sometimes I Wonder," for no other reason than Jilly, to be honest. Plus, you gotta love a song that contains the lyric "from the rooter to the tooter." With a line like that, this should've been nominated for a Grammy--or at least a Soul Train award.

Darius Rucker: "Sometimes I Wonder" feat. Jill Scott




Now, Darius is recording a country album according to his website, which makes perfect sense. Perhaps this style of music will be a better fit for him, because neo-soul wasn't it.


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2 Responses

  1. Butta, I luvs ya and all, but I'm gonna have to disagree with you on your take on Darius' attempt at Neo-Soul. I really liked the effort he put into going in a new direction, which I found refreshing from his constipated-sounding vocal stylings with Hootie & The Blowfish. I think a lot of people didn't give him a good listen on this outing, because they recalled him from his Hootie days, and couldn't see/hear past that. I say give it another go or two, and you'll discover a few gems in there besides the Jill collaboration. Wild One and Exodus are a couple I seem to recall as noteworthy tracks.

  2. yea, i remeber the album..I actually bought it and ran across it the other day...but i wasn't in the mood to try and hear it again...it had a couple of alright songs...but it wasn't my favorite....but country? I see he is tryin to get in where he fit in and i don't think he's too sure as of yet.



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