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Van Hunt – What Were You Hoping For? review

Van Hunt has made out very well through label changes, a shelved album, and starting his label. Van Hunt has come back stronger and edgier than before releasing the long awaited new material What Were You Hoping For? The album is eagerly received since “Use in Case of Emergency” was given to hold fans over.   What you were hoping for is all over the place and collectively coherent at the same. As an avid follower of hunt this album musically is very different from his previous albums.  As if “On the Jungle Floor” was a hint to where he was going this album is the clear defined picture as to where he is now.  What were you hoping for gives off sounds of punk, heavy rock, psychedelic guitar tunes with slight R&B bass line undertones all served straight no chaser.

Vivid melodic story telling is what Van is all about and this album is no different and still with his very clever stand out lyrics. Van explains about his familiar city and slides his instruction of “the fastest way to a man’s pocket is on his rocket” over a gusty guitar rift on “North Hollywood”. A song that I absolutely love is  “Plum” tells the story of a love of the untouchable booty, but  sounds like an ode to a lusty confused confession. He doesn’t stray away from ballads “Moving Targets” and the country twanged “Falls (Violet)” showcase the familiar voice and tunes of his self-titled 2004 album.  Jumping right back into the rock heavy gutsy “Cross Dresser” or “Designer Jeans” with solos to remind you he is a musician and damn good too.

Chances are if you’re a follower of Van Hunt like me this is exactly What You Were Hoping For!  Van never plays by the rules and always takes the listener on a new journey. What were you hoping for pushes the envelope just enough to take you to the next rock level and guiltily wanting just a bit more. Definitely Foxx Approved.

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