True Believers (Darius Rucker album)

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True Believers
Studio album by Darius Rucker
Released May 21, 2013 (2013-05-21)
Genre Country
Length 46:12
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Frank Rogers
Darius Rucker chronology
Charleston, SC 1966
(2010)
True Believers
(2013)
Home for the Holidays
(2014)
Singles from True Believers
  1. "True Believers"
    Released: August 27, 2012
  2. "Wagon Wheel"
    Released: January 7, 2013
  3. "Radio"
    Released: July 22, 2013
  4. "Miss You"
    Released: February 3, 2014

True Believers is the fourth studio album by American country music artist Darius Rucker, and his third in the country genre. It was released on May 21, 2013, through Capitol Records Nashville.[1] As of April 2014, the album has sold 502,000 copies in the United States[2] and has been certified Gold by the RIAA.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Country Weekly B[5]
Music Is My Oxygen 4.5/5 stars[6]
The Oakland Press 3/4 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Roughstock 4/5 stars[9]
Taste of Country 3/5 stars[10]
USA Today 3/4 stars[11]

True Believers has received positive reception from the music critics. Fred Thomas of Allmusic told that "the thing is, with a few songs you have to be listening pretty closely to differentiate the country affectations from the pop songwriting Rucker's been doing all along."[4] Music Is My Oxygen's Rob Burkhardt called the work "a set of highly sing-able, highly memorable tunes, loaded with ear-worm hooks and virtually no mis-steps."[6] At The Oakland Press, Gary Graff found that on this release that Rucker has made "something deeper than the annual ledger-satisfying exercises at which most country acts excel", which he "gets into some genuinely deep subject matter here".[7] Roughstock's Matt Bjorke affirmed that the album "feels solid and ready for the spotlight or setlist."[9] At USA Today, Brian Mansfield wrote that "Rucker sings plenty about driving, spring break and the radio".[11] Billy Dukes of Taste of Country wrote that the release "suffers from a sonic sameness that stays within Rucker’s comfort zone", and noted that "there's a whiff of formula [...] something every artist should work to stay ahead of."[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "True Believers"   Darius Rucker, Josh Kear 4:03
2. "Miss You"   Rucker, Frank Rogers 4:00
3. "Wagon Wheel"   Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor 4:57
4. "Love Without You" (featuring Sheryl Crow) Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally 3:19
5. "Radio"   Rucker, Luke Laird, Ashley Gorley 3:08
6. "Lost in You"   Rucker, Mark Nesler, Phillip White 3:27
7. "I Will Love You Still" (featuring Mallary Hope) Rucker, Kear 3:48
8. "Take Me Home"   Rucker, Rogers, Monty Criswell 4:08
9. "Shine"   Rucker, Rogers 4:10
10. "Heartbreak Road"   Rucker, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins 3:13
11. "Leavin' the Light On"   Rucker, David Lee Murphy, Phil O'Donnell 3:55
12. "Lie to Me"   Rucker, Rodney Clawson, Bob DiPiero 4:04
Total length:
46:12

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[12] 17
US Billboard 200[13] 2
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[14] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Billboard 200[15] 61

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
[16]
CAN
2012 "True Believers" 24 17 108
2013 "Wagon Wheel" 1 1 15 1 23
"Radio" 14 4 65 6 82
2014 "Miss You" 48
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Preceded by
Love Is Everything by George Strait
Top Country Albums number-one album
June 8, 2013
Succeeded by
Based on a True Story... by Blake Shelton

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[3] Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Darius Rucker's New Album Arrives May 21". Country Music Television. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Conway, Alanna (April 16, 2014). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of April 16, 2014: Martina McBride's "Everlasting" Debuts On Top". Roughstock. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "American album certifications – Darius Rucker – True Believers". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  4. ^ a b Thomas, Fred (January 22, 2013). "True Believers – Darius Rucker : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ Tammy Ragusa
  6. ^ a b Burkhardt, Rob (May 21, 2013). "Third Time’s a Charm for Darius Rucker with "True Believers"". Music Is My Oxygen. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Graff, Gary (May 20, 2013). "Album reviews: Daft Punk, Darius Rucker, Beach Boys, more". The Oakland Press. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ Jody Rosen in Issue 1185.
  9. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (May 20, 2013). "Album Review: Darius Rucker – True Believers". Roughstock. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (May 24, 2013). "Darius Rucker, 'True Believers' – Album Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (May 21, 2013). "Listen Up: Darius Rucker, The National, more". USA Today. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Darius Rucker Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Darius Rucker.
  13. ^ "Darius Rucker Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Darius Rucker.
  14. ^ "Darius Rucker Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Country Albums for Darius Rucker.
  15. ^ "2013 Year-End Charts – Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Darius Rucker Album & Song Chart History – Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2013.