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ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Learn To Live

With very, very few exceptions, I can confidently say that I don’t like Country music. I recently came across some mention of Darius Rucker having the number one album on the Billboard Country charts. I was intrigued. I’m a huge fan of the first Hootie & the Blowfish album; Cracked Rear View. In fact, I would say it’s one of my favorite albums, and features what might actually be my favorite song in the whole world, “Not Even The Trees

“. Anyway, despite it being called a Country Album, I decided to give it a chance.

As I started the album I heard… well, that thing that makes Country what it is. That twang. That guitar sound, you know the one. I was scared. But I closed my eyes and let the song move forward. And you know what, it wasn’t so bad. The second song had a similar twang, but again, it was a good song. After that, the twang didn’t seem as prominent. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of finger pickin’ to satisfy your average shit-kickin’ good ol’ boy, but just like that awesome Hootie record, this album is about the songs. And these are all great songs. Darius sings stories from a more direct first person perspective than usual, but that’s all part of this genre.

There’s a solid balance of uplifting songs, heartbreaking sad songs, and just enough humor thrown in. Like I said, there are a scarce few exceptions for me in the Country genre, but thanks to this record I can never again say “I don’t like Country music”. Because I do. I love at least one Country album. Thanks Darius!