Cracked Rear View

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Cracked Rear View
A collage of blurred photographs forms the album cover
Studio album by Hootie & the Blowfish
Released July 5, 1994 (1994-07-05)[1]
Recorded November 1993−March 1994
Studio NRG Recording Studios, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California[2]
Genre Roots rock, pop rock,
alternative rock
Length 43:04
Label Atlantic
82613
Producer Don Gehman[2]
Hootie & the Blowfish chronology
Kootchypop
(1993)
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: October 24, 1995
  5. "Drowning"
    Released: November 1995

Cracked Rear View is the debut studio album by Hootie & the Blowfish, released on July 5, 1994 by Atlantic Records.[1] The album became extremely popular and remains one of the best-selling albums in history.

Recording[edit]

Don Gehman was chosen by A&R man Tim Sommer as a producer because of his previous work with John Mellencamp and R.E.M..[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer GuideB[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[7]

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 21 million copies to retailers by May 21, 2018. It is the joint 19th-best-selling album of all time in the United States.[8] 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[9] and New Zealand.[10] Three million copies were sold through the Columbia House mail-order system.[11]

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

In 2001, the album was re-released on DVD-Audio with the disc featuring a discography, photo gallery, and video of a live performance of "Drowning".

Personnel[edit]

Hootie & the Blowfish

Additional musicians

Production

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[13] 7
Canada (RPM)[9] 1
Germany (Media Control)[14] 45
New Zealand (RIANZ)[10] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15] 16
UK (Official Charts Company)[16] 12
US Billboard 200[17] 1

Decade-end charts

Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard 200[18] 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 Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Cracked Rear View – Hootie & the Blowfish". AllMusic. 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. ^ Sommer, Tim (July 14, 2016). "My Life in the Bush of Hootie: How I Signed the Biggest Band of 1995". New York Observer. Jared Kushner. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Hootie and the Blowfish: Cracked Rear View". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Archived from the original on July 29, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  6. ^ Evans, Paul (October 20, 1994). "Hootie & the Blowfish: Cracked Rear View". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ Randall, Mac (2004). "Hootie & the Blowfish". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 390–91. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  8. ^ RIAA Top 100 Archived January 17, 2010, at WebCite
  9. ^ a b "RPM — Item Display : Top Albums/CDs — Volume 62, No. 3, August 21, 1995". Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. Archived from the original (PHP) on February 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Archived from the original (ASP) on February 2, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  11. ^ Zaleski, Anne (June 9, 2015). "Four Columbia House Insiders Explain the Shady Math Behind '8 CDs for a Penny'". The A.V. Club. 
  12. ^ Hootie & the Blowfish - Cracked Rear View @Discogs.com Retrieved 10-15-2017.
  13. ^ "Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish". australian-charts. Hung Medien. Archived from the original (ASP) on February 20, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Hootie & The Blowfish – Cracked Rear View". swisscharts.com. Archived from the original on July 29, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ . Official Charts Company http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/scottish-albums-chart/19950312/40/. Retrieved 17 February 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish". Chartstats. United Kingdom: The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original (PHP) on August 23, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Hootie & the Blowfish — Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  18. ^ 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.