- Released: October 24, 2000
- Label: Atlantic
No Depression - 3-4/01, p.115
"...The guests bring some welcome variety, and along with the strong undercurrents of blues and country...it all combines to make this an unusually strong effort..."
- 1.Fine Line
- 2.I Go Blind
- 3.Almost Home
- 4.Hey Hey What Can I Do
- 5.Renaissance Eyes
- 6.Before the Heartache Rolls In
- 8.I'm over You
- 9.Gravity of the Situation
- 10.I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You - (from "MTV Unplugged")
- 11.Dream Baby - (from "White Man's Burden")
- 12.Driver 8
- 13.Let Me Be Your Man
- 14.Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
- 15.Use Me
Hootie & The Blowfish: Mark Bryan, Darius Rucker (vocals, guitar); Dean Felber (vocals, bass); Jim Sonefeld (vocals, drums, percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Edwin McCain (vocals); Jon Nau (keyboards); Craig Shields (baritone saxophone); Gary Greene (percussion).
Producers: Don Gehman, Tracy Schroeder, Don Dixon, Mark Williams.
Principally recorded at N.R.G. Recording Services, North Hollywood, California and Reflection Studios, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Personnel: Mark Bryan (vocals, guitar, mandolin, Wurlitzer organ); Darius Rucker (vocals, guitar); Jim Sonefeld (vocals, acoustic guitar, drums, percussion); Dean Felber (vocals, acoustic guitar); Edwin McCain , Nanci Griffith (vocals); Doug Lancio (guitar); Jamie Hoover (electric 12-string guitar, organ); Peter Holsapple (mandolin); Craig Shields (baritone saxophone); Timothy Sommer (organ); John Nau (keyboards); Gary Greene, Pat McInerney (percussion); Walker Sisters (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Leonard ; Don Dixon; Don Gehman; Doug Trantow.
Audio Remixers: Don Gehman; Mark Dearnley.
Recording information: N.R.G. Recording Services, North Hollywood, CA; Reflections, Charlotte, NC; Royaltone Studios; The Horseshoe, University Of South Carolina for MTV Unp; The Site, Marin County, CA.
Photographers: Elizabeth Stockton; Lorenzo Agius.
Still entirely comfortable with their reputation of being the ultimate bar band despite having released a debut that sold around 15 million copies, Hootie & The Blowfish regrouped for their fourth album with a covers record featuring rarities and previously unreleased material. Hipsters may sneer at the unassuming musical delivery and Joe Six-Pack personae, but the band's dedication to its fans extended to spearheading an Internet campaign that found voters picking a third of the songs on this collection.
Of the five songs picked by web fiat, artists who get the Hootie treatment include Led Zeppelin (a mandolin-driven "Hey Hey What Can I Do"), The Smiths (a note-perfect "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want"), and the New Grass Revival (a harmony-laden "Let Me Be Your Man"). The Hootie selections that round out this surprisingly diverse bag include R.E.M., whose "Driver 8" is given a dirge-like arrangement, and a punky rendition of The Reivers' "Araby" that offers some redemption. Darius Rucker's soulful baritone continues to keep the Blowfish afloat and is best utilized on a rich reading of Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby," complete with Jordanaires-like harmonizing.