- HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH: CRACKED REAR VIEW: 1994: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This album is the 14th best selling album ever in the United States. In the mid 90’s this was an album half the population seems to have bought. My predictions on things can be all over the place- I once predicted Madonna was a flash in the pan and would be a trivia question by the end of the 80’s- wrong on that one but I was right about two artists from the mid-90’s- I didn’t see Hootie and The Blowfish or Alanis Morrsette having any staying power and I think I was proven right. Oh I know Darius Rucker has went on to be a big country music star but I bet he hasn’t sold his entire career put together- as many albums as this one did. It is a pleasant pop album- it had four Top 15 hits. It was an influential album- a friend of mine had a daughter in 1995 and they named her Hannah after the opening song on this album. The album is a nice listen- it won’t offend anyone. If you were hosting some gathering with a lot of people and this was playing probably no one could complain- it’s not like you would be blasting out Captain Beefheart. Hootie’s follow up album also went to #1 but that was only because of the debut- you were bound to have some people ‘Oh Hootie has a new album out-” and scoop it up before listening. Each album was less popular and after five they called it a day. One thing I learned from this- even the Dolphins make Darius Rucker cry. He does seem rather sensitive.
- HOZIER: HOZIER: 2014: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: When I first heard “Take Me To Church” I thought- this is the best Elton John single in years. Then I heard it was some fellow named Hozier and not Elton. Take Me To Church one of the better singles in recent years and the debut album as a whole is a winner. Other songs that stick out to me- Jackie and Wilson, From Eden, Like Real People Do, Someone New. It has been 3 1/2 years since this came out- looking forward to Hozier’s second album.