Charleston, SC 1966 - Darius Rucker
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Every song on Charleston has been ironed flat, so there are no unseemly natural inflections, something that Rucker doesn't need but which helps make Charleston, SC 1966 a gleaming example of polished, pressed, modern country-pop.
  2. In the end, Charleston, SC 1966 doesn't break any rules or new ground, and probably wasn't meant to.
  3. Aug 5, 2011
    70
    Every one of the 13 tracks on this album are co-writes that he's had a hand in, but all the same, a certain autobiographical tone predominates.
  4. Rucker strictly plays by the rules but Charleston surpasses its predecessor on the strength of more vibrant and charming tunes.
  5. Jan 10, 2011
    80
    Darius' brand of country music, much like Radney's, is full of detailed, true-to-life accounts of love, regret and loyalty to childhood stomping grounds.
  6. Hootie sounded plenty confident minus the Blowfish on Learn to Live, his 2008 debut as a country act, so Charleston, SC 1966 doesn't reveal a singer more in touch with his twang.
  7. Dec 23, 2010
    50
    It's all familiar stuff - too familiar - to warrant sustained attention.
  8. Rucker's country may be little more than Hootie with fiddles, but that's progress.
  9. It's hard to imagine that Charleston, SC 1966 won't continue Rucker's hot streak within the country genre, even if the album suggests that he's content to follow the genre's trends rather than set them.
  10. Oct 25, 2010
    70
    This album is in small ways slicker than his outstanding 2008 country debut, Learn to Live, and of course less surprising.

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