Hootie and the Blowfish at the North Shore Music Theatre on August 9

A Review of Hootie and the Blowfish at the North Shore Music Theatre on August 9

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& Hootie and the Blowfish were their same old selves; an energetic, albeit predictable, ball of hits and harmonies, making both frat boys and their girlfriends believe, for one and a half glorious hours, that they could in fact dance. The truth of the matter is that the Blowfish are still banking on their most popular album, Cracked Rearview, released over ten years ago.

The majority of the crowd only reacted in noticeably louder decibels when Darius Rucker, Hootie’s lead man, with his rustic vocals and his “at the beach” but wearing jeans style, sang songs such as “Time,” or “Only Wanna Be With You.” It was clear who the true die-hard fans were when the band started rocking songs such as “I Go Blind.” Though the Blowfish have made some catchy tunes since Cracked Rearview, nothing has stuck out, at least not in the public’s mind.

Everything since their first success has been a complete disappointment in the public’s eye. The show however was not, though it lacked audience participation. Rucker’s vocals blasted the crowd from the beginning though with the up tempo “State Your Peace,” going into a stunning rendition of “Time,” immediately after.

“Hannah Jane” was the next song of note from Cracked Rearview. There was however a considerable gap between that and the next off of that album, “Let Her Cry,” which, although a beautiful song, did not re-energize the audience by any means.

Rucker blasted out songs from the band’s new album, Looking for Lucky (released on the same day), that were a definite pleasant surprise. "Hey Sister Pretty" and "Get Outta My Mind", were two superb, however anonymous pop songs.

After bringing the audience to their knees in tears, the Blowfish spiced it up again with “I Go Blind,” soon followed by “Only Wanna Be With You,” to which the audience legitimately flipped out. It was a good effort to bring the show back, but all in all, their simply wasn’t enough energy.

To the credit of the Blowfish, the venue did not exactly help in terms of both audience participation and energy. The North Shore Music Theater, though intimate, is not exactly the best location for a rock show. Being that it is a theater in the round, it is much better suited for a Shakespearean classic than it is a Hootie and the Blowfish show. Too cramped to dance, no "beverages" allowed in the theater, no energy.

The crowd did oblige when guitarist Mark Bryan commented that they were in fact at a rock show, and therfore should stand up and dance. However, as a general rule of thumb, if you have to tell your audience to stand up, you’re probably not getting the job done.

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