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Music Review: Darius Rucker settles in on latest album

Music Review: Darius Rucker settles in on latest album

Darius Rucker, "True Believers" (Capitol Nashville)

May 28th, 2013 by MICHAEL MCCALL, Associated Press in News

On his two previous Nashville, Tenn.-recorded solo albums, Darius Rucker proved he could gain acceptance from contemporary country music fans. On new album "True Believers," he proves he can do more than create formulaic radio hits: Finding a country voice and sound of his own, Rucker shows he can leave a distinctive mark on 21st century country music.

With the funk-country rhythms of "Radio," "Shine" and "Lost In You," he combines the beach-music sound of his native South Carolina with the breezy, catchy side of current Nashville hits. With powerful originals like the roots-rocking "Heartbreak Road" and the raw emotions of "Miss You," Rucker makes great use of the expressive capabilities of his baritone voice - which had been so important to the success of his rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish.

Rucker writes 10 of the 12 songs on "True Believers," yet adds momentum to the collection with two well-chosen songs by others. He faithfully covers Old Crow Medicine Show's Americana hit, "Wagon Wheel," and nicely handles a duet with Sheryl Crow on "Love Without You," written by Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally.

Altogether, "True Believers" suggests the 47-year-old has found a home on the country charts where he can settle down for a long spell.

Artist online:

www.dariusrucker.com

www.youtube.com/artist/darius-rucker„

twitter.com/dariusrucker„