X2C (Mercury Nashville, 2014)
Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz
Hunt fits in perhaps only because of the crossover sounds afflicting country today. That is evident on "House Party," which has a bit of country instrumentation, but is one of those good time songs with a heavy thud of the drum and the title repeated a bunch of times to induce you in the right mood.
Hunt leans towards the hick hop sound ("Break Up in a Small Town") with a spoken part and heavy percussive sounds underneath the vocals. Heads may bob and weave to the music - it is catchy - but it's more on the generic.
Hunt veers towards the soulful on what is sort of the title track, "Ex to See," a different take than the "X2C" of the title. But there's that big thumping sound driving the song.
"X2C" is a prelude to the release of a full-length CD, slated for late October. Country buyer beware.
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