On the Jungle Floor

On the Jungle Floor

by Van Hunt



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2006
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724347485121
catalogNumber: 74851

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
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
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Brian Macleod   Drums

Technical Credits

Bill Bottrell   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
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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