Deliverance (Bubba Sparxxx album)

Deliverance is the second album by American rapper Bubba Sparxxx. It was released on September 16, 2003, by Beat Club and Interscope Records. The album was produced by Timbaland and Organized Noize. It was supported by three singles: "Jimmy Mathis", "Deliverance", and "Back in the Mud".

Deliverance
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 16, 2003 (2003-09-16)
Studio
Genre
Length61:56
Label
Producer
Bubba Sparxxx chronology
Dark Days, Bright Nights
(2001)
Deliverance
(2003)
The Charm
(2006)
Singles from Deliverance
  1. "Jimmy Mathis"
    Released: June 3, 2003[3]
  2. "Deliverance"
    Released: March 8, 2004[4]
  3. "Back in the Mud"
    Released: April 12, 2004[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic82/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [7]
Blender     [8]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[9]
The Guardian     [10]
NME7/10[11]
Q     [12]
Rolling Stone     [13]
SpinA−[14]
Uncut     [15]
USA Today    [16]

Deliverance was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional publications, the album received an average score of 82, based on 17 reviews.[6]

Johnny Loftus of AllMusic said, "Sure, his collaborators have some of the best beats in the business. But they can't always take up the slack when Bubba's raps start to wither in the heat".[7] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club said, "Mixes hip-hop and country with ease and grace".[17] Michael Endelman of Entertainment Weekly said, "A sober rumination about life in the poor, white, rural South".[9] Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian said, "An intense, brooding piece of work".[10] Matt Cibula of PopMatters said, "He and his producers have constructed a monument to this New New New South. And you don't really have to believe in it in order to appreciate what a great record this is".[18]

Josh Timmermann of Stylus Magazine said, "In a year that's produced first-rate albums by OutKast and Lucinda Williams, Bubba, a self-proclaimed redneck from rural Georgia who most people pegged as a probable one-hit wonder three years ago, has beaten the odds and made both the hip-hop and country album of the year".[19] Vibe said, "Sparxxx has now crafted a gem, thanks to improved songwriting and nimble production".[20] Kandia Crazy Horse of The Village Voice said, "If Eminem is hip-hop's Elvis, then Bubba is its Gregg Allman, the white boy embraced by lowdown Little Africa, especially fellow musicians".[21] Steve Jones of USA Today said, "Sparxxx's real strength lies in his intensely personal lyrics, which resonate whether he's talking about overcoming white-trash stereotypes or recovering from last night's bender".[16] Nathan Brackett of Rolling Stone said, "A few of the honky-tonk touches -- such as the corny country crooning on "My Baby's Gone"—feel like gimmicks. But Sparxxx's lyrics are no shtick".[13]

AccoladesEdit

In 2010, Rhapsody included it in its list of "The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers".[22]

Commercial performanceEdit

Deliverance debuted at number 10 on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 64,000 copies in the United States.[23]

Track listingEdit

Credits were adapted from the album's liner notes.[24]

Deliverance track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro" (featuring Big Rube)Organized Noize2:15
2."Jimmy Mathis"Timbaland3:09
3."Comin' Round"
Timbaland3:21
4."She Tried" (featuring Ryan Tedder)
Timbaland3:49
5."Nowhere" (featuring Kiley Dean)
  • Mathis
  • Mosley
Timbaland5:37
6."Overcome"
  • Mathis
  • Mosley
Timbaland4:54
7."Warrant Interlude"
  • Paul Blake
  • Mosley
Timbaland2:22
8."Warrant" (featuring Attitude)
  • Mathis
  • Mosley
  • Timothy Clayton
  • Bill Pettaway
  • Timbaland
  • Pettaway
5:10
9."New South" (featuring Duddy Ken)
  • Mathis
  • Kenny Richardson
  • Brown
  • Murray
  • Wade
Organized Noize4:01
10."Deliverance" (featuring Timbaland)
Timbaland5:06
11."Hootnanny" (featuring Justin Timberlake)
  • Mathis
  • Mosley
Timbaland4:24
12."Take a Load Off"
  • Mathis
  • Mosley
Timbaland4:23
13."Like It or Not" (featuring Sleepy Brown)
  • Mathis
  • Brown
  • Michael Hartnett
  • Murray
  • Wade
Organized Noize5:21
14."My Tone"
  • Mathis
  • Mosley
Timbaland3:49
15."Back in the Mud" (featuring Sleepy Brown)
  • Mathis
  • Brown
  • Marqueze Ethridge
  • Stuart Jordan
  • Murray
  • Wade
Organized Noize4:13
Total length:61:56

Notes

  • "Intro" features additional vocals by Brandon "Shug" Bennett
  • "Nowhere" and "Overcome" features background vocals by GA Choir and Tye Tribbett
  • "Warrant" features additional vocals by Dionne Moore and Timbaland
  • "New South", "Hootnanny", "Take a Load Off" and "My Tone" features additional vocals by Timbaland
  • "Back in the Mud" features additional vocals by Chip Glass

Sample credits

  • "Jimmy Mathis" contains a sample of "Stone Fox Chase", performed by Area Code 615.
  • "Comin' Round" contains a vocal interpolation of "To See You Coming 'Round the Bend", performed by Yonder Mountain String Band.

ChartsEdit

Chart performance for Deliverance
Chart (2003–2004) Peak
position
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[25] 34
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[26] 44
US Billboard 200[27] 10
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[28] 9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Callahan-Bever, Noah (November 2003). "Revolutions: Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance". Vibe. p. 157. Retrieved August 3, 2021 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Breihan, Tom (February 10, 2023). "The Number Ones: Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" (feat. Timbaland)". Stereogum. Retrieved February 10, 2023.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Mathis/Deliverance – Bubba Sparxxx". AllMusic. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  4. ^ "Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance – Amazon.com Music". Amazon. Archived from the original on May 18, 2007. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "Back in the Mud – Bubba Sparxxx". AllMusic. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Deliverance by Bubba Sparxxx Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Archived from the original on March 9, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "Deliverance – Bubba Sparxxx". AllMusic. Archived from the original on September 30, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  8. ^ Ex, Kris (September 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance". Blender (19): 130. Archived from the original on August 11, 2004. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Endelman, Michael (October 3, 2003). "Deliverance". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on August 5, 2019. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Lynskey, Dorian (October 3, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx, Deliverance". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on September 12, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  11. ^ Kessler, Ted (September 25, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx : Deliverance". NME. Archived from the original on August 22, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  12. ^ "Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance". Q (207): 100. October 2003.
  13. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan (October 2, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 18, 2007. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  14. ^ Caramanica, Jon (September 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance". Spin. 19 (9): 110. Archived from the original on February 16, 2021. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance". Uncut (77): 118. October 2003.
  16. ^ a b Jones, Steve (September 15, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx, Deliverance". USA Today. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  17. ^ Rabin, Nathan (September 22, 2003). "Deliverance • Bubba Sparxxx". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  18. ^ Cibula, Matt (September 18, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance". PopMatters. Archived from the original on January 5, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  19. ^ Timmermann, Josh (December 11, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on October 27, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  20. ^ "Vibe review". November 2003. Archived from the original on September 19, 2017.
  21. ^ Crazy Horse, Kandia (September 9, 2003). "Buck & Wing Vs. Bling-Bling". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on July 1, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  22. ^ "The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers". Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  23. ^ "DMX Proves 'Grand Champ' On Album Chart". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  24. ^ Deliverance (CD liner notes). Bubba Sparxxx. Interscope Records. 2003. 60802-9.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  25. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  26. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  27. ^ "Bubba Sparxxx Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  28. ^ "Bubba Sparxxx Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2018.

External linksEdit

Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance at Discogs (list of releases)