UNDERRATED: Van Hunt's 'What Were You Hoping For?'

A welcome sighting on some year-end best-of lists, this category-busting songwriter deserves a wider audience, particularly among those waiting for Prince to recapture past glories. But that diminishes what Van Hunt has done on this gleefully twisted record, which mixes soul, psychedelic funk and fuzz-rock into something original that sounds not only from another time but another planet.
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