4.5 stars out of 5
The recent release from Denver’s HR People is all over the place, in the very best of senses. Clearly, the project is an amalgamation of strong and varying influences, drawing on the high energy ends of the genre spectrum. It is perhaps as if Cage the Elephant were signed to Rhymesayers and produced by Danger Mouse, taking in Dan Auerbach riffs and Portugal. The Man choruses. Of course, this isn’t to say that the record, Paint, doesn’t hold its own individuality. There is a unique, poetic lyricism in each rap verse (check out “Nobody’s Watching”), a gritty, blues urgency (“Mama and Daddy”) and old school soul undertones (“Boardwalk”), each outlining the basis of Paint. Certainly a band to watch out for; be on the lookout for HR People for some powerful live shows, new projects or more funky music videos.