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What Were You Hoping For?

September 27, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Label: Godless Hotspot
  • Copyright: (c) 2011 godless-hotspot
  • Total Length: 43:54
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  • ASIN: B005OUAJ9I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,076 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This is one the albums stands out!
Analog B
The production was a bit slicker but his knack for writing great songs was always apparent.
Lestah Banks
True fans will learn to love this album like I do and I just cant wait until his next!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Analog B on September 28, 2011
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If your looking for the Van Hunt from 2004 with songs like "Down Here in Hell (with you)" or songs from his On the Jungle Floor albums like "Being a girl" (which are both excellent songs...) Well your in wrong spot! That isn't that Van Hunt! What has emerged is a psychedelic punk-rock Van Hunt who still keeps in touch with the soul man inside him. This is Van Hunt's 4th studio release following 2008's Popular which was never officially released but has become a bit of a underground/bootleg sensation. As Hunt has done with his previous albums he continues to grow as an artists.. Going further away from his influences and deeper into his own self. Since Van Hunt's first release of his self titled 2004 album, Hunt has established himself as one of the most talented artists in music today. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has laced his albums with infectious melodies, intelligent lyrics, and rich musicianship, and nothing is different with "What Were You Hoping For?" Van Hunt goes deeper into the deep end then ever before and I couldn't be anymore happier about it!

Track by Track review:

North Hollywood:

North Hollywood begins with a thumbing drum and nasty guitar lick, it reminds me of the nastiness of Hunt's guitar playing that we saw on Popular's "The Lowest 1 of my Desires" This a song that will get your head popping immediately. The songs also sets the tone of album which has a semi conceptual feel to it. with the lyric "There are no more secrets/after you've been evicted/your story sits on abandon couches."

Watching You Go Crazy Is Driving Me Insane:

This is the song when you realize that isn't your Grandma's Van Hunt! Van Hunt goes straight up punk with this song!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By soulchild122 on September 27, 2011
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I have been a Van Hunt fan since the very beginnings of his career as a recording artist. I have always thought of him as one of the better songwriters/musicians that came out between 200-2005 at the end of the so-called neo-soul movement. I've followed his career from his self-titled debut album to 2006's On The Jungle Floor, the unreleased Popular, and 2009's self-released Use In Case of Emergency (Rare Items From The Vault). If I have learned anything from following Hunt's career it is that you have to be ready for something different with each release.

When word first started circulating about this album and Van Hunt himself was quoted as saying this album was a departure and his original fan base may not like it, I was skeptical about the record. If the artist is saying their fan base may not like what they are doing, as a fan you're going to expect to hate it. But the more I read Hunt say about the record, the more at ease I became with the idea of "something different." And I'm glad Hunt's comments didn't turn me off the project.

Hunt's songwriting ability is very much as prominent on this record as with any of his other projects, but with a harder underlying melody with some help from the talented Ruth Price (on drums) and Peter Dyer (on keys). If you pick up this album looking for a continuation of any of Van's previous work you will be disappointed. While there are bits and pieces where they may be related (for example "Moving Targets" is like the "What Can I Say (For Milicent) or "Daredevil, Baby" of What Were You Hoping For?) those moments are few and far between to hold the interest of a casual, fair-weather fan.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ttlove on September 27, 2011
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I know I am not going to sound "deep". I will say this album complimented his live performance. I was still in the early stages of listening to this release right before his live performance. I was on a mental high after his concert and this album managed to help me escape from the Monday blues at work. This album is different from the previous ones yet the same because this man has a broad range of talent. Each song takes me on a journey. It is exciting to know an album can produce many thoughts that vary from person to person which leads to a means to discuss what he is talking about. This is serious stereo music, this is serious road trip blast your car stereo music. I am the type of person that gets lost in a song and this album takes me to another plateau. Designer Jeans, What were you hoping for, Plum were my faves and the more I listened the more I appreciated every song. That is the beauty of this album along with all of Vans music. If you come across this album with a closed mind you will not be able to fight the urge to absorb every lyric and every tune that is cranked outg from start to finish. Eyes like Pearls, a beautiful love story. Van was able to capture a woman's joy, that takes skill no offense to men out there lol. This music is medicine and a cure for those that are seeking a refreshing change from what is forced through radio. I heavily recommend this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Grimm on September 27, 2011
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I've been a fan of Van Hunt ever since hearing his debut album back in 2004. Having never been an R&B fan per se, I picked up the album on the strength of a review in People magazine of all places. What I heard transformed how I view music today. I've become more and more hooked with each subsequent album. His latest release "What Were You Hoping For" [...]), finds Van at his most creative and free. I HIGHLY recommend you buy this CD! You may not be ready for what you're about to hear, but you will thank me later!
Van is a master lyricst, as usual, on WWYHF. This album should finally do away with the "neo-soul" banner that people tried to hang on Van. Actually all labels of the sort need to be thrown out! The collection of songs ranges from all out rock, to punk, to R&B ballads, to futuristic to even country! There were a couple songs at first that threw me a little, but this is what I LIKE about Van. You can't get comfortable and expect the same-old same-old. Songs that I wasn't sure about at first have become favorites on repeated listens. There is not a bad song on the album, and most (oh hell, I say ALL) of them rate a 10 when you fully absorb the genius that is Van Hunt.
This album should earn a Grammy. I think Van will be the Esperanza Spalding of 2011! BUY THIS ALBUM, and if you're lucky, you can catch him on tour!
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