Posted by: Silent Laughter ()
Date: July 21, 2013 07:44PM

I think what it is for Darius/Hootie is, for me, when Cracked Rear View came out, it was great, just catchy pop/rock with good lyrics and great, distinct vocals. Especially for a kid like me, in high school and not really feeling the grunge thing like all my peers were into, yet still trying to branch out musically from just "hair bands" lol Then the backlash happened and while I didn't remain a big Hootie fan, I always liked them, because they had that underdog appeal (like the hair bands did when grunge hit). I was always like "man, music fans are so fickle, but it'd be great if they had a comeback."

And then Darius did...big time. To the point he was clearly no longer an underdog. And it was like "ok, he's good...just not THAT good." Like if Firehouse or some band had miraculously not only survived the hair band backlash, but made it back to the top of the charts and more popular than before. Yeah, they were good and didn't deserve to be cast aside, but there were others more deserving IMO. "What about Jani Lane?!?" lol So its like "careful what you wish for." So yeah, for Darius, its not bad music at all. Just very safe. And very popular. Which sometimes makes music feel less personal, you know? Less "mine".

Well, I tried...that's the best/only explanation I can come up with for why I'm not a bigger fan of his solo stuff. Maybe I'm overthinking it, but that's what I do lol


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