Wednesday, February 18, 2009

He's Back, I'm Happy & Alls Good: Van Hunt

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness...I'm listening to new Van Hunt as I type. I visited Soul Commune after a long hiatus from the spot and lo and behold, to my elated soul, I found a large pic of Van Hunt accompanied by a link to a FREE download to some new music in honor of this past Valentine's Day.

I'm writing this review as I listen...I know, I said that. But, I'm heady. If you don't know why, I'll tell you why. Van Hunt is all that and then some. I am confident that all four downloaded songs are all that even before I finish typing.

Van Hunt is Sly Stone reloaded. He is funk and soul with a pinch of blues & rock. But heavy on the funk. Heavy. Hunt's first album, Van Hunt, was released in February 2004. (thanks Wikipedia for the date...I actually came across tunes from the CD in 2005). The album included the singles "Down Here in Hell (With You)", "Dust", and "Seconds of Pleasure", and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

Hunt's second album, On the Jungle Floor, was released in 2006. The album featured one of my favorite Van Hunt songs, the single, "Character," a revisited "Mean Sleep", as a duet with Nikka Costa, and a cover of "No Sense of Crime" by The Stooges.
Here is the free download playlist (with my mini feedback):
Next Year (reminds me very much of the vibe of Prince's Emancipation CD and I'm diggin it tremendously)
That's Where It's At ( a bluesy acoustic throwback)
Sexy Sexy (Classic Van Hunt)
Half the Fun (spoken word, sexy from the beginning, my second fave of the four)
Get your download by visiting Soul Commune or go directly to the download site HERE

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