Van Hunt's Long-Delayed Album 'Popular' Has Finally Arrived: Listen
After a label switch in 2007 put Van Hunt's third studio album, Popular, on the back burner, the singer continued to dish out a slew of albums over the years but never completely let go of the unreleased effort. Hunt revisited the thought of releasing the once-shelved record with his former label Blue Note, and now, a decade since its initial release, Popular has finally been liberated.
“I put my whole world into making this record. But looking back, my world was a different place then. I was different, then. I thought my world was all there was," Hunt said in a statement. "One lesson remains obvious, though: we are all responsible for the society that births our culture, and the manner in which it is nurtured. And that is why I approached Blue Note [Records] with an idea for a fresh start. My strength allows me to be proud of the last 10 years. Their sincerity allows me to be excited about the next."
Popular comes just two years after Hunt's last studio album, 2015's The Fun Rises, the Fun Sets. "Turn My TV On" introduces the 14-track project as Hunt's smooth voice pervades the funk-tinged track, concluding with "Finale (It All Ends in Tears)," and despite the song's gloomy title, the finale's jovial beat is the perfect ending for Hunt's long-delayed effort.
"I’ve cried three times in the last 10 years. And none of those were when I was told that ‘Popular’ wouldn’t be released. I cried whenever I felt justified for making that record. In the face of a churning reality, it took one online comment from a listener, and two emails from Blue Note -- one with a release date, and one with the album’s press release -- to let me know I wasn’t crazy for hanging on all this time."
Stream Van Hunt's long awaited album Popular below. It can be dowloaded from all the major music services listed here.