True Believers (Darius Rucker album)

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True Believers
Studio album by Darius Rucker
ReleasedMay 21, 2013 (2013-05-21)
LabelCapitol Nashville
ProducerFrank Rogers
Darius Rucker chronology
Charleston, SC 1966
True Believers
Home for the Holidays
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]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Country WeeklyB[3]
Music Is My Oxygen4.5/5 stars[4]
The Oakland Press3/4 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]
Roughstock4/5 stars[7]
Taste of Country3/5 stars[8]
USA Today3/4 stars[9]

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."[2] 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."[4] 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".[5] Roughstock's Matt Bjorke affirmed that the album "feels solid and ready for the spotlight or setlist."[7] At USA Today, Brian Mansfield wrote that "Rucker sings plenty about driving, spring break and the radio".[9] 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."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

True Believers debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200, with 83,000 sold for the week.[10] The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on February 12, 2014.[11] As of April 2015, the album has sold 575,400 copies in the United States[12]

Track listing[edit]

1."True Believers"Darius Rucker, Josh Kear4:03
2."Miss You"Rucker, Frank Rogers4:00
3."Wagon Wheel (feat. Lady Antebellum on backing vocals)"Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor4:57
4."Love Without You" (featuring Sheryl Crow)Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally3:19
5."Radio"Rucker, Luke Laird, Ashley Gorley3:08
6."Lost in You"Rucker, Mark Nesler, Phillip White3:27
7."I Will Love You Still" (featuring Mallary Hope)Rucker, Kear3:48
8."Take Me Home"Rucker, Rogers, Monty Criswell4:08
9."Shine"Rucker, Rogers4:10
10."Heartbreak Road"Rucker, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins3:13
11."Leavin' the Light On"Rucker, David Lee Murphy, Phil O'Donnell3:55
12."Lie to Me"Rucker, Rodney Clawson, Bob DiPiero4:04
Total length:46:12


Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ "Darius Rucker's New Album Arrives May 21". Country Music Television. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Fred (January 22, 2013). "True Believers – Darius Rucker : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  3. ^ Tammy Ragusa
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b Graff, Gary (May 20, 2013). "Album reviews: Daft Punk, Darius Rucker, Beach Boys, more". The Oakland Press. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Jody Rosen in Issue 1185.
  7. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (May 20, 2013). "Album Review: Darius Rucker – True Believers". Roughstock. Archived from the original on September 19, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  8. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (May 24, 2013). "Darius Rucker, 'True Believers' – Album Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (May 21, 2013). "Listen Up: Darius Rucker, The National, more". USA Today. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  10. ^ Jessen, Wade (May 30, 2013). "Darius Rucker Debuts At No. 1 On Top Country Albums". Billboard.
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (April 8, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For April 8, 2015". Roughstock.
  13. ^ "Darius Rucker Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Darius Rucker Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Darius Rucker Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums: Year-End top-selling albums across all genres". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2013 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  18. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums: Year-End top-selling albums across all genres". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  20. ^ "Darius Rucker Album & Song Chart History – Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2013.