Hootie & the Blowfish - Looking for Lucky

Hootie & the Blowfish
Looking for Lucky

(Sneaky Long/Vanguard)

First Appeared in The Music Box, August 2005, Volume 12, #8

Written by John Metzger


Seemingly overnight, Hootie & the Blowfish went from selling its music out of the back of a van to achieving multi-platinum sales figures with its major label debut Cracked Rear View. Fame, however, is fleeting, and 11 years later, the group has slipped so far from its superstar status that the release of its last outing received less attention than did front man Darius Ruckerís recent decision to don a rhinestone cowboy suit in order to hock sandwiches for a fast-food chain. On its latest effort Looking for Lucky, the ensemble has reunited with producer Don Gehman, who assisted in sculpting the bandís biggest hits, and not surprisingly, the result is largely the same. Indeed, throughout the collectionís 12 tracks, Hootie & the Blowfish earnestly delivers its inoffensively endearing blend of pop-leaning, roots-oriented rock with all the easy-going, feel-good effervescence that its long-standing fans have come to expect. Unfortunately, this time around, the melodies arenít nearly as memorable as those on its past endeavors, and despite the song cycleís genesis with the Nashville music scene, it isnít until the final few tracks that the collective truly takes advantage of its surroundings. As a result, Looking for Lucky is about as straightforward and safe an album as Hootie & the Blowfish ever has created. starstar


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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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