Deliverance (Bubba Sparxxx album)

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Deliverance
Studio album by Bubba Sparxxx
Released September 16, 2003
Recorded 2002-2003
Genre Hip Hop, Southern Rap
Label Beat Club/Interscope
Producer Timbaland, Organized Noize
Bubba Sparxxx chronology
Dark Days, Bright Nights
(2001)
Deliverance
(2003)
The Charm
(2006)
Singles from Deliverance
  1. "Jimmy Mathis"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Deliverance"
    Released: April 28, 2003
  3. "Back in the Mud"
    Released: 2003

Deliverance is the second album by American rapper Bubba Sparxxx, released on September 16, 2003 by Beat Club/Interscope Records. It was produced by Timbaland and Organized Noize. The album debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200 with 64,500 copies sold in the first week released.[1] Although this album was only moderately successful, selling around 350,000 copies, it is regarded by many critics such as The Source, Hip-Hop Connection and more mainstream magazines such as Q to be something of a landmark in hip-hop music. The album's main strength according to critics was that it embraced Sparxxx's grass roots, with production heavily influenced by country music and similar musical styles. This influence is evident on tracks such as "Comin' Round" which sampled its chorus from a track by the bluegrass group The Yonder Mountain String Band, leadout single "Jimmy Mathis" which is led by a catchy harmonica tune from the Area Code 615 track "Stone Fox Chase", and "She Tried" led by a washboard rhythm section and a mellow fiddle sound.

Deliverance spawned two hit singles, "Back In The Mud" and "Deliverance". In 2010, Rhapsody (online music service) included it in its list of "The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers".[2] "Back In The Mud" was also featured on the Madden 2004 soundtrack.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
PopMatters (favorable)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
Stylus A[9]
Vibe 4/5 stars[10]
Village Voice (favorable)[11]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[12]

Upon its release, Deliverance received general acclaim from most music critics.[13] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 82, based on 17 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[13] USA Today gave it a score of three out of four stars and said, "Sparxxx's real strength lies in his intensely personal lyrics, which resonate whether he's talking about overcoming white-trash stereotypes or recovering from last night's bender."[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" (featuring Big Rube) Warren Anderson Mathis, Patrick "Sleepy" Brown, Ray Murray, Rico Wade Organized Noize 2:15
2. "Jimmy Mathis"   W. Mathis, K. Buttrey, C. McCoy, Timothy Mosley Timbaland 3:09
3. "Comin' Round"   W. Mathis, B. Kaufman, T. Mosley Timbaland 3:21
4. "She Tried" (featuring Ryan Tedder) W. Mathis, T. Mosley, Ryan Tedder Timbaland 3:49
5. "Nowhere" (featuring Kiley Dean) W. Mathis, T. Mosley Timbaland 5:37
6. "Overcome"   W. Mathis, T. Mosley Timbaland 4:54
7. "Warrant Interlude"   P. Blake, T. Mosley Timbaland 2:22
8. "Warrant" (featuring Timbaland & Attitude) W. Mathis, T. Mosley, T. Clayton, B. Pettaway Timbaland 5:10
9. "New South" (featuring Duddy Ken) W. Mathis, P. Brown, R. Murray, K. Richardson, R. Wade Organized Noize 4:01
10. "Deliverance" (featuring Timbaland) W. Mathis, T. Mosley, J. Douglass Timbaland 5:06
11. "Hootnanny" (featuring Justin Timberlake) W. Mathis, T. Mosley Timbaland 4:24
12. "Take a Load Off"   W. Mathis, T. Mosley Timbaland 4:23
13. "Like It or Not"   W. Mathis, P. Brown, M. Hartnett, R. Murray, R. Wade Organized Noize 5:21
14. "My Tone"   W. Mathis, T. Mosley Timbaland 3:49
15. "Back in the Mud" (featuring Sleepy Brown) W. Mathis, P. Brown, M. Etheridge, S. Jordan, R. Murray, R. Wade Organized Noize 4:13
Sample credits
  • "Intro" contains elements of "I Feel Free" by Cream.
  • "Jimmy Mathis" contains a sample of "Stone Fox Chase" by Area Code 615.
  • "Comin' Round" contains a vocal interpolation of "To See You 'Coming Round The Bend" by Yonder Mountain String Band.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 10
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 9

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