Learn To Live - Darius Rucker
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  • Summary: The Hootie & the Blowfish singer's sophomore solo album was produced by Frank Rogers.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. If there were any doubts about how Darius Rucker would fare in the country world, the Hootie & the Blowfish frontman puts them solidly to rest on his genre debut.
  2. Learn to Live, his second solo album (in 2002 he released “Back to Then,” a tame, awkward, largely unpleasant collection of neo-soul), is impressively eclectic and sharply written. It’s one of the year’s most vibrant country albums.
  3. If you're going to be tooling down the middle of the road, Learn to Love is perfectly pleasant accompaniment.
  4. If you consider Darius Rucker's bajillion-selling voice something of an old friend, Learn to Live is worth a listen. Otherwise? Meh.
  5. 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
  6. While Looking for Lucky incorporated some traditional elements into Hootie's brand of bland frat-boy rock, Learn to Live is strictly a mainstream country effort, and that doesn't always work to Rucker's advantage.
  7. Learn to Live is well-produced and well-sung, but too many of the songs fail to fit the artist behind them.
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  1. BreannaL.
    Sep 18, 2008
    I feel darius has made a great album and his voice sounds amazing. i feel there are several hits on this album. I have never heard his voice sound better. great album! Expand
  2. JoshS
    Sep 22, 2008
    One of the best country CDs in years! Great writing and fantastic singing.
  3. KennyE.
    Sep 24, 2008
    Awesome album. Saw him in 1992 in a bar in Columbia SC and knew he was going to be a big star!
  4. DaveH.
    Oct 17, 2008
    Outstanding flavor, variety, passion and consistency. Perfect balance between lyrics and music extraordinaire.
  5. DawnP.
    Jan 28, 2009
    Awesome CD. Darius does a great job jumping into the country genre. Critics hate "If I Had Wings," but I think it's a beautiful song. My favorite on the CD? "Alright." Good job, Darius! Expand