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Blending Southern rock and soulful blues, this absorbing debut album by South Carolina quartet Hootie & the Blowfish has become an unexpected commercial smash, selling more than a million copies. It features the catchy, sing-along number "Hold My Hand," which has landed in Billboard's Top 10. "Hootie's music may be deeply personal, but it's not wimpy," says TIME pop music critic Christopher John Farley. "The band's sound is big and guitar stuffed, and lead singer Darius Rucker's voice is always bluesy and confident."