Known best as the front man of 90’s rock band Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker has more recently tested his luck in the country genre. As Hootie’s sound bordered the line of country music, this was not really a stretch for Rucker’s vocal capabilities. In fact, his voice is arguably best suited for country music. In 2002, he had released a R&B record, not acquiring nearly as much success as his three country albums have endured.
While 2008’s Learn To Live and 2010’s Charleston, SC 1966 both offered a country rock-type feel, 2013’s True Believers seems to abandon that rock sound. There is more use of piano and is much less guitar-oriented than the album’s predecessors. With that said, there are some very catchy songs on here. The first single, “Wagon Wheel,” is undeniably a great sing-a-long, perhaps in a campfire setting. Other highlights include the title track, “Lost In You,” and “Heartbreak Road.” The latter is a prime example of Rucker’s retreat from the rock genre.
Overall, True Believers is not bad, but not amazing. Charleston, SC 1966 was a smoother-flowing, consistent album with catchier songs and arguably his best solo release to date.
If you like Darius Rucker and country music, feel free to check out True Believers.
MusicTalker’s rating: 3/5