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written by Hugo Lunny    
It's a small world? This world is enormous! Um... sometimes it is the both. But usually, distances and people separate culture and art from being exposed and appreciated by one another. One of the main perks with doing what I do, is that I get to hear and talk with artists who deserve the limelight, even if they've yet to receive it to the degree they deserve.

Van Hunt fits within the fading lines of my previous paragraph. An elaborate introduction of his childhood floods his press biography as well as partly being presented on the enhanced portion of the album on CD. Van Hunt grew up around his father, whom he describes as a part-time painter and a "pimp." He witnessed his father and his father's friends smoking to accompany their chasing of beautiful women. Through this, Van developed a love for the female allure, which all men can relate to.

Traveling through thick blues plucked electric guitar riffs, enveloping soul melodies and beautifully sung tales of "Seconds of Pleasure" through Hunt's understanding of the reason why relationships work ("Down Here In Hell (With You)" - depicting easy relationships as pointless), "What would I do if we were perfect... where would I go for disappointment?" we enter a phase of relaxation and entertainment.

The largest draw of "Van Hunt" as a musical piece is its eclectic variety. The feelings conjured up when listening to "Hello, Goodbye" feel almost combated with the higher pitched and softer sung, sexy and funky "Out Of The Sky."

"Van Hunt" features a nicely eclectic display of soul and of the many facets of love. In essence, this soul singer has created an album suitable for the average man to think of his special someone, both while with her and when she's not so near. It's a pleasure to listen to an album like this.

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