Deliverance (Bubba Sparxxx album)

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Deliverance
Bubba deliverance.jpg
Studio album by Bubba Sparxxx
Released September 16, 2003
Recorded 2002–03
Genre Hip hop
Label
Producer
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 included it in its list of "The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers".[citation needed] "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[2]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[6]
PopMatters (favorable)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine A[9]
Vibe 4/5 stars[10]
The Village Voice (favorable)[11]

Upon its release, Deliverance received universal acclaim from music critics.[12] 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".[12] Steve Jones of 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."[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" (featuring Big Rube) 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)
Timbaland 3:49
5. "Nowhere" (featuring Kiley Dean)
  • W. Mathis
  • T. Mosley
  • J. Timberlake
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
  • J. Timberlake
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

Chart positions[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DMX Proves 'Grand Champ' On Album Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  2. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Deliverance - Bubba Sparxxx". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan (September 22, 2003). "Deliverance · Bubba Sparxxx". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (October 3, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx, Deliverance". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Koslow, Jessica (November 26, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx - Deliverance". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ Cibula, Matt (September 18, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance". PopMatters. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan (October 2, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on July 26, 2008. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ Timmermann, Josh (December 11, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx - Deliverance". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ Vibe review
  11. ^ Crazy Horse, Kandia (September 9, 2003). "Buck & Wing Vs. Bling-Bling". The Village Voice. The Village Voice LLC. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Critic reviews for Deliverance". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ Jones, Steve (September 15, 2003). "Listen Up (Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance)". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved December 31, 2012.