On the Jungle Floor

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Van Hunt's first album peaked at the bottom of the Top 40 R&B Albums chart. Anyone who heard it and liked it couldn't help but be surprised that it didn't create a bigger ripple, particularly since it wasn't hard to imagine hearing the likes of "Dust" or "Down Here in Hell With You" on regular daytime rotation across the country. But the album sort of tanked, despite its unmistakable strengths and positive reviews. Hunt must have been somewhat frustrated while watching similarly organic and musical singles by Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, and Alicia Keys ride to glory, but then again, all he has needed for a cold dose of reality is a talk with frequent collaborator ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Van Hunt's first album peaked at the bottom of the Top 40 R&B Albums chart. Anyone who heard it and liked it couldn't help but be surprised that it didn't create a bigger ripple, particularly since it wasn't hard to imagine hearing the likes of "Dust" or "Down Here in Hell With You" on regular daytime rotation across the country. But the album sort of tanked, despite its unmistakable strengths and positive reviews. Hunt must have been somewhat frustrated while watching similarly organic and musical singles by Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, and Alicia Keys ride to glory, but then again, all he has needed for a cold dose of reality is a talk with frequent collaborator Rahsaan Patterson, another supremely talented and likeminded artist who has had to settle for an unfairly cult-size following. Hunt's second album, On the Jungle Floor, has no overtones of desire for crossing over, so perhaps he's already content with his position. In fact, the album seems less self-conscious and compromised than the debut. Hunt's songwriting is also sharper and more assured, though it doesn't always pay off; he's occasionally overambitious and overextends himself when he goes out of his way to prove his individualism. Minus a few songs, the album would be a great deal tighter and run no risk of neutralizing any of the aspects that make Hunt one of the smartest and most slyly creative R&B artists. He continues to boldly blend styles like some of his heroes Prince, Rick James, goes off on a couple hard rock tangents one of which retains his melodic sense, and continuously finds ways to base the material he writes in '70s soul and funk without making any blatant throwbacks even the flashes of fellow Dayton natives Slave within "Stage Lights" are kept brief. At least eight of the songs written in whole or in part by Hunt are worth singling out, but the cover of Iggy Pop and James Williamson's "No Sense of Crime" must be mentioned for its pumping of Technicolor into the black-and-white original, as if it had been meant for the second side of Sly & the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On or Prince & the Revolution's Around the World in a Day.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724347485121
  • Catalog Number: 74851

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:12)
  2. 2 If I Take You Home (Upon...) (4:23)
  3. 3 Hot Stage Lights (4:37)
  4. 4 Daredevil, Baby (4:35)
  5. 5 Ride, Ride, Ride (3:30)
  6. 6 Being a Girl (3:24)
  7. 7 Suspicion (She Knows Me Too Well) (4:27)
  8. 8 Mean Sleep - Nikka Costa (4:07)
  9. 9 Priest or Police (3:50)
  10. 10 Character (4:32)
  11. 11 Interlude (0:22)
  12. 12 No Sense of Crime (3:51)
  13. 13 At the End of a Slow Dance (3:54)
  14. 14 The Thrill of This Love (3:14)
  15. 15 Hole in My Heart (3:45)
  16. 16 The Night Is Young (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Van Hunt Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Various
Bruce Dukov Violin
Sid Page Violin
Bill Bottrell Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Stephen Erdody Cello
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
George Gordon Bass, Guitar
Julie Gigante Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
David Low Cello
Robin Olson Violin
Katia Popov Violin
Barbara Porter Violin
Mark Robertson Violin
Danny Seidenberg Viola
Albert Wing Horn
Natalie Leggett Violin
Darrin McCann Viola
Sara Parkins Violin
Caroline Campbell Violin
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Samuel Formicola Viola
Tracy Williams Drums
James Freebarin-Smith Cello
Alyssa Park Violin
Songa Lee Violin
Neel Hammond Violin
Han Oh Viola
Roberto Cain Violin
Truth Hunt Keyboards
Serena McKinney Violin
Elizabeth Nation Keyboards
Daniel Solammon Horn
Curtis Whitehead Bass, Guitar
Lorenzo Whitehead Drums
Phillip Levy Violin
Marlow Fisher Viola
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Brian Macleod Drums
Technical Credits
Bill Bottrell Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Brian Gardner Mastering
Patrick Warren String Arrangements
C. Whitehead Composer
Randy Jackson Management
Eric Roinestad Art Direction
Van Hunt Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Melissa Mattey Engineer
L. James Composer
J. Williamson Composer
MiMi "Audio" Parker Engineer
Daniel Solammon String Arrangements
Jorge Del Barrio String Arrangements
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