True Believers-Darius Rucker (Capitol)

The man’s voice is smooth as silk, rich with character. So why is it that, other than his first single, I’m yawning whenever I hear him? I think it’s due to his corporate packaging. This record sounds like a project, a “product”. Great voice, check. Sappy, but not too sappy lyric, check. Top session players, check. Now let’s do this thing so we can all get home before six. Yeah, maybe I’m being too hard on it. I expect it’ll be Top 10

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