CD On the Jungle Floor [Van Hunt] [094635944129] (CD 651589),
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On the Jungle Floor [Van Hunt] [094635944129]

  • 1. Intro
    2. If I Take You Home (Upon...)
    3. Hot Stage Lights
    4. Daredevil, Baby
    5. Ride, Ride, Ride
    6. Being a Girl
    7. Suspicion (She Knows Me Too Well)
    8. Mean Sleep (Ft. Nikka Costa)
    9. Priest or Police
    10. Character
    11. Interlude
    12. No Sense of Crime
    13. At the End of a Slow Dance
    14. Thrill of This Love
    15. Hole in My Heart
    16. Night Is Young
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 66886

  • Credits

    Van Hunt's second album, ON THE JUNGLE FLOOR, finds the young singer-songwriter following an ever more ambitious and idiosyncratic path. As on his debut, he's still using a decidedly Prince-like 1980s R&B/pop-rock template as his starting point; at several points, the sexy synths, chugging guitars, and sinuous vocals evoke fond memories of 1999 (the album, not the year). Hunt doesn't leave it at that, though; JUNGLE FLOOR boasts a few straight-up rock moments as well, suggesting that he's been listening to some Strokes and Iggy Pop (the latter's "No Sense of Crime" gets a soul paint job here) amid his Morris Day and Terence Trent D'Arby sessions. Call it neo-soul if you must, but JUNGLE FLOOR represents a significant progression in the style.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.68) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Hunt's bread-and-butter is soul songs that undercut lover-man tedium with a singer-songwriter's wandering eye....ON THE JUNGLE FLOOR shows off Hunt's impressive range."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.59) - "Twisty songwriting quirks, tasty guitar licks, and unexpected funk codas result in the welcome return of an original." -- Grade: A-
    Q (p.113) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e's an unashamedly priapic, carnally inspired loverman, but he's one with songs rather than riffs and grunts."
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