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Van Hunt - On the Jungle Floor (2006)

Rock, Pop | Author: artmuss | 21-05-2014, 10:43
Van Hunt - On the Jungle Floor (2006)
Artist: Van Hunt
Title Of Album: On the Jungle Floor
Year Of Release: 2006
Label: Capitol Records / CDP7243474851-2-1
Genre: R&B, Funk, Neo Soul, Rock
Total Time: 56:31 min
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 371 mb (Covers)

Review by Andy Kellman
Van Hunt's first album peaked at the bottom of the Top 40 R&B Albums chart. Anyone who heard it and liked it couldn't help but be surprised that it didn't create a bigger ripple, particularly since it wasn't hard to imagine hearing the likes of "Dust" or "Down Here in Hell (With You)" on regular daytime rotation across the country. But the album sort of tanked, despite its unmistakable strengths and positive reviews. Hunt must have been somewhat frustrated while watching similarly organic and musical singles by Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, and Alicia Keys ride to glory, but then again, all he has needed for a cold dose of reality is a talk with frequent collaborator Rahsaan Patterson, another supremely talented and likeminded artist who has had to settle for an unfairly cult-size following. Hunt's second album, On the Jungle Floor, has no overtones of desire for crossing over, so perhaps he's already content with his position. In fact, the album seems less self-conscious and compromised than the debut. Hunt's songwriting is also sharper and more assured, though it doesn't always pay off; he's occasionally overambitious and overextends himself when he goes out of his way to prove his individualism. Minus a few songs, the album would be a great deal tighter and run no risk of neutralizing any of the aspects that make Hunt one of the smartest and most slyly creative R&B artists. He continues to boldly blend styles like some of his heroes (Prince, Rick James), goes off on a couple hard rock tangents (one of which retains his melodic sense), and continuously finds ways to base the material he writes in '70s soul and funk without making any blatant throwbacks (even the flashes of fellow Dayton natives Slave within "Stage Lights" are kept brief). At least eight of the songs written in whole or in part by Hunt are worth singling out, but the cover of Iggy Pop and James Williamson's "No Sense of Crime" must be mentioned for its pumping of Technicolor into the black-and-white original, as if it had been meant for the second side of Sly & the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On or Prince & the Revolution's Around the World in a Day.


01. Intro
02. If I Take You Home (Upon...)
03. Hot Stage Lights
04. Daredevil, Baby
05. Ride, Ride, Ride
06. Being a Girl
07. Suspicion (She Knows Me Too Well)
08. Mean Sleep (feat. Nikka Costa)
09. Priest or Police
10. Character
11. Interlude
12. No Sense of Crime
13. At the End of a Slow Dance
14. The Thrill of This Love
15. Hole in My Heart
16. The Night Is Young

Bill Bottrell: guitar, bass, keyboards, recording engineer, mixing
Van Hunt: guitar, bass, keyboards, drums
George Gordon: bass, guitar
Curtis Whitehead: bass, guitar
Elizabeth Nation: keyboards
Truth: keyboards
Brian MacLeod: drums
Lorenzo Whitehead: drums
Tracy Williams: drums
Daniel Solammon, Albert Wing: horns
Van Hunt, Bill Bottrell, Sheree Brown, Annie Clemens, Sharlotte Gibson, Jacquelyne Komonpar, Eliabeth Nation, Mimi Lou Parker, Rahsaan Patterson, Tamara Powell, Truth, Curtis Whitehead: background vocals
Melissa Mattey, Mimi Lou Parker: recording engineer
Brian Gardner: mastering
Nathaniel Goldberg, Rick Diamond, Matt Jones: photography
Eric Roinestad: art direction and design


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