Cracked Rear View

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Cracked Rear View
Studio album by Hootie & the Blowfish
Released July 5, 1994 (1994-07-05)[1]
Recorded 1994 at N.R.G. Recording Services, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California[2]
Genre Rock
Length 43:04
Label Atlantic
82613
Producer Don Gehman[2]
Hootie & the Blowfish chronology
Cracked Rear View
(1994)
Fairweather Johnson
(1996)
Singles from Cracked Rear View
  1. "Hold My Hand"
    Released: July 18, 1994
  2. "Let Her Cry"
    Released: December 17, 1994
  3. "Only Wanna Be with You"
    Released: July 17, 1995
  4. "Time"
    Released: November 1995
  5. "Drowning"
    Released: November 1995

Cracked Rear View is the major-label debut album by Hootie & the Blowfish, released on July 5, 1994 by Atlantic Records.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]

Cracked Rear View is Hootie & the Blowfish's most successful album. It was the highest-selling album of 1995, with 10.5 million shipments that year alone, eventually shipping 16 million copies to retailers by March 31, 1999 and selling 10.2 million copies by May 16, 2012.[5] It is the joint 16th-best-selling album of all time in the United States.[6] Cracked Rear View reached number one on the Billboard 200 five times over the course of 1995. The album also reached number one in Canada[7] and New Zealand.[8]

Critical reviews of Cracked Rear View were mostly positive. The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it four and a half stars out of five, and said that it was "the success story of 1994/1995." He also said, "Although Hootie & the Blowfish aren't innovative, they deliver the goods, turning out an album of solid, rootsy folk-rock songs that have simple, powerful hooks."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim "Soni" Sonefeld.

  1. "Hannah Jane" – 3:33
  2. "Hold My Hand" – 4:15
  3. "Let Her Cry" – 5:08
  4. "Only Wanna Be with You" – 3:46
  5. "Running from an Angel" – 3:37
  6. "I'm Goin' Home" – 4:11
  7. "Drowning" – 5:01
  8. "Time" – 4:53
  9. "Look Away" – 2:38
  10. "Not Even the Trees" – 4:37
  11. "Goodbye" – 4:05
Includes hidden track "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (Traditional) – 0:54

Personnel[edit]

Hootie & the Blowfish
Additional musicians
Production

Charts[edit]

Album
Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australia (Top 50)[9] 7
Canada (RPM100 Albums)[7] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts) [10] 45
New Zealand (RIANZ Top 50)[8] 1
UK (The Official Charts Company)[11] 12
US Billboard 200[12] 1
End of decade charts
Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[13] 7

Awards[edit]

Year Winner Category
1996 "Let Her Cry" Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Stephen Thomas Erlweine. "Cracked Rear View — Hootie & the Blowfish : Overview". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Cracked Rear View (CD liner). Hootie & the Blowfish. United States: Atlantic Records. 1994. 82613-2. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Hootie and the Blowfish". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  4. ^ Evans, Paul (1998-02-02). "Hootie & the Blowfish: Cracked Rear View : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-12-26. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  5. ^ Grein, Paul (2012-05-16). "Chart Watch Extra: Following Up A Monster". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  6. ^ RIAA Top 100
  7. ^ a b "RPM — Item Display : Top Albums/CDs — Volume 62, No. 3, August 21, 1995" (PHP). Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. 
  8. ^ a b "Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish" (ASP). charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish" (ASP). australian-charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Hootie & The Blowfish - Cracked Rear View". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  11. ^ "Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish" (PHP). Chartstats. United Kingdom: The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Hootie & the Blowfish — Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  13. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade — The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
Preceded by
Friday by various artists
P•U•L•S•E by Pink Floyd
Pocahontas by various artists
E 1999 Eternal by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Dangerous Minds by various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 27 – June 23, 1995
July 1–7, 1995
July 29 – August 4, 1995
August 26 – September 1, 1995
September 30 – October 6, 1995
Succeeded by
P•U•L•S•E by Pink Floyd
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I by Michael Jackson
Dreaming of You by Selena
Dangerous Minds by various artists
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette