August 22, 2008
The first country release from Darius Rucker, the former lead singer of popular ’90s pop-rock outfit Hootie & the Blowfish, recently reached the Top Ten on the Billboard singles chart. It’s the lead single of his forthcoming album Learn to Live and its popularity sends a clear message that country fans appear to be embracing Rucker in his attempt at a solo career.
And with good reason. “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” is led by the powerful pipes of Rucker and provides a very mature, adult response to regret and remorse than is often found in country music. Yes, he has made a number of mistakes due to foolish pride, but he is aware enough to realize that those choices cannot be undone. It’s a responsible approach to heartache, and helps the listener to better sympathize with his inner struggle.
The production may not be remarkable, and the lyric is not groundbreaking, but it’s a real, honest, down-to-earth story with a roots-deep vocal performance.