Album Review: What Were You Hoping For? by Van Hunt
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
Paste Magazine - 81 Based on rating 8.1/10
For a while, Van Hunt was a well-connected industry type, writing and producing for pop singers like Dionne Farris, Joi and Nikka Costa. He’s even managed by Randy “Pitchy Dawg” Jackson. But beneath his velvet-smooth, VH1-friendly lover man persona is a bit of a superfreak. His evocative arrangements have always shown touches of Prince and Peter Gabriel; he covered Iggy Pop on his sophomore album and recorded a third album so free-wheeling and unconcerned with genre or anyone’s hopes that he become John Legend 2.0 that his previous label refused to put it out it.
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