CD REVIEW: Hunter - Pressure
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"Hunter is a contender"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Dance-Pop, Power Pop
Sounds Like: Seal, Jay-Z, Chris Brown
Technical Grade: 9/10
Weakness: More musical depth, more live instrumentation
Hunter is up and coming Dance/Pop artist based out of New York who is taking the world by storm. Many consider Hunter a stepping stone into the future of pop music. With his distinct R&B/New Wave sound, Hunter is sure to please the ears of all who listen. Hunter just released his latest CD entitled Pressure in 2012. Musical parallels include: Usher, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Maroon 5, and Bruno Mars.
The EP kicks things off with “Pressure" a hooky intro groove that delivers slamming synthetic rhythm against mesmerizing vocals, all built on a rich sonic foundation that peaks and valleys its way through to emotional fruition. Track 2 “Dancin' Man" (Feat Young Hoffa) keeps things moving with it's a catchy Electronica dance groove that delivers inviting vocal harmonies, against a grand slam chorus. Track 3 “Yeah Maybe" delivers yet another impressive track with its impressive melody, heart felt lyrical content, painted against amazing vibe. The CD makes a good first impression delivering 3 compelling tracks in a row. If you like artists comparable to Seal, Eminem, Jay Z, and Chris Brown you will definitely enjoy this CD. I would classify this music as Dance-Power Pop, with traditional Rap and Hip Hop flavors. Despite this it's quite amazing how refined Hunter’s sound really is. I especially like the vocal work on this production - very dynamic, progressive, and melodic. Note for note, song for song it will definitely keep you entertained with lush layers of melodic instrumentation, effective harmonies and impressive sonic touches sprinkled along the way. The arsenal of musical tidbits Hunter brings to the table is impressive. This is the strong suit of this production and its obvious Hunter is a capable composer, producer, songwriter, vocalist and entertainer. If this guy can dance it's all a deadly combination. Hunter's voice matches this style of music perfectly – passionate, heartfelt and sometimes pushing hard with dark and foreboding honesty. From rocking “Direction” to melodic "Lightning” and "Cool Rush” to infectious “All In” and “Sexercize” to epic “Prodigal Plan” to slamming “Memories” and "Cleary Chemical” this 12 track catalog has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12” “Sooner or Later” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
At times the CD sounds a tad synthetic and overly sonic - lacking strong musical depth and texture. I would recommend Hunter incorporate more live musical tidbits into his sound. Things like Trumpet, Saxophone, Jazz Piano, Guitar, Hammond Organ chops would mix up the catalogue quite nicely. I might also add this particular genera is very saturated right now so the bar is set very high for artists like Hunter.
From start to finish Pressure CD by Hunter delivers! It's a strong musical statement from start to finish and proves Hunter is a contender, not a pretender. The music is highly melodic, entertaining and packed with many powerful emotions. The writing creativity and overall entertainment appeal of Hunter is clearly a force to reckoned with.