Cracked Rear View

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Cracked Rear View is the major-label debut album by Hootie & the Blowfish. It was released on July 5, 1994 by Atlantic Records.[1]

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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[2]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[3]

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. It eventually shipped 16 million copies by March 31, 1999. Cracked Rear View reached number one on the Billboard 200 five times during 1995. The album also reached number one in Canada[4] and New Zealand.[5] Three million copies were sold through the Columbia House mail-order system.[6]

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. He wrote that it was "the success story of 1994/1995." He also said, "Although Hootie & the Blowfish aren't innovative, they deliver the goods. They turned out an album of solid, rootsy folk-rock songs that have simple, powerful hooks."[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Cracked Rear View — Hootie & the Blowfish : Overview". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  2. Christgau, Robert. "CG: Hootie and the Blowfish". Archived from the original on July 29, 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  3. Evans, Paul (February 2, 1998). "Hootie & the Blowfish: Cracked Rear View : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  4. "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.
  5. "Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish". Hung Medien. Archived from the original (ASP) on February 2, 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  6. Zaleski, Anne (June 9, 2015). "Four Columbia House Insiders Explain the Shady Math Behind '8 CDs for a Penny'". A. V. Club.