Genre ยป Darius Rucker – Learn To Live (2008 FLAC)

Darius Rucker – Learn To Live (2008 FLAC)

Darius Rucker - Learn To Live (2008 FLAC)

Darius Rucker – Learn To Live (2008 FLAC)

Artist: Darius Rucker
Album: Learn To Live
Release/Reissue: 2008
Genre: Country

01. Forever Road
02. All I Want
03. Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It
04. Learn To Live
05. If I Had Wings
06. History In The Making
07. Alright
08. It Won’t Be Like This For Long
09. Drinkin’ And Dialin’
10. I Hope They Get To Me In Time
11. While I Still Got The Time
12. Be Wary Of A Woman
13. I Wanna Thank You

Darius Rucker’s leap into country music is not a move without precedent for the Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer, as his band was loosely rooted in country-ish roots rock. Nevertheless, a more important antecedent for Learn to Live is a 2005 Burger King commercial where Rucker was decked out in a Nudie suit while singing a spin on “Big Rock Candy Mountain.” It was the unveiling of Rucker the country singer, and caused enough of a sensation to make a country album seem like a feasible move. As slight as the commercial was, it provided a stronger musical foundation than the urban R&B behind his 2002 solo debut Back to Then did, as Rucker showed no inclination toward modern soul in Hootie, whereas Learn to Live appeals directly to the frat boys and sports fanatics that made Cracked Rear View perhaps the most inexplicable multi-platinum hit of the ’90s. Like those songs, the tunes on Learn to Live are big and simple, powered by obvious hooks delivered plainly — and truth be told, apart from the 2-step shuffle of “All I Want,” the loping modern country of “Alright,” and the slow pace of the clever barroom crawl “Drinkin’ and Dialin’,” they don’t feel especially country, either. They may not be made for honky tonks, but they do feel rootsy, much like Cracked Rear View did, and as they’re written with Rucker in mind, not a jam band, they’re more pop in form and feel than anything he’s done since. Which, of course, also makes them ingratiating: these songs aren’t knockouts, but they’re friendly and comfortable, the kind of sturdy roots-pop that seems like it’d be easy to pull off but must not be, as this delicate balance of conversational melody and guy-next-door appeal has proven elusive to Rucker for over a decade now.