Darius Rucker, “It Won’t Be Like This For Long”

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October 16, 2008

Darius Rucker has an everyman’s voice that is tailor made for singalong choruses, which is one of the reasons those early Hootie singles were so infectious.  It’s also one of the reasons his transition to country music has been so smooth.   Unlike Jon Bon Jovi, who still sounds like a rocker,  and Jewel, who still sounds like a coffeehouse folkie, Rucker’s vocals are more adaptable simply because they’re not as distinctive.

This isn’t a criticism of his singing.   It’s a main selling point of it.  “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” is as representative of contemporary country music as anything out there right now, and Rucker’s vocal on the track has as much to do with that as the song’s instrumentation.    As he’s singing about savoring the moments of a young child’s development, he sounds just country enough to fit in on the radio dial between Alan Jackson and Keith Urban, without giving off the impression that he’s intentionally trying to fit in.

The end result is a pleasant single by a solid vocalist who has already picked up on the key lesson that many country singers never learn: don’t get in the way of the song.    This allows the song itself to rise and fall on its own merits.  As a sweeter spin on “You’re Gonna Miss This”, it has enough charm and attention to detail to make it a notch or two above the standard domestic mini-movie crowd of songs that have become their subgenre in modern country music.

Written by Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorey & Darius Rucker

Grade: B+

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  1. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    While I’m not personally big on the song itself, I agree that Rucker does have a voice well suited to country music.

  2. J.R. JourneyNo Gravatar says:

    I am a big fan of Rucker’s – I thought his album was one of the best of the year, a pleasant surprise. While this track is not one of my favorites on the CD, I agree that he sells it perfectly.

    Oh, and the link won’t work for me to listen to the song (so now I have to get up and get the CD) …

  3. ElevenNo Gravatar says:

    I just can’t take this guy’s voice.
    Sorry… but I’ve tried… I want to but….

  4. lilyNo Gravatar says:

    it’s not bad, but from the first note i expected to hear darryl worley sing “i miss my friend”

  5. JeremyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been a huge fan of Darius Rucker since Hootie… I have a 5 year old little girl. So, this might just have a special meaning to me, but I love the song.

  6. jbh says:

    I have been a huge darius rucker fan and I think that the son is wonderful. I a have a 2 year old daughter and she is all that I think about when I hear the song.

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