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Albums Of The Week: Bahamas | Sad Hunk

Afie Jurvanen serves up another set of smart songcraft & supple guitar heroics.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Celebrated, award-winning artist Bahamas has released Sad Hunk. Bahamas’ sound defies genre categorization, yet it incorporates many — pop, R&B, rock, folk, soul, alternative, Caribbean, blues and more. Sad Hunk contains 11 songs that encapsulate all that legions of Bahamas fans have grown to love — great songs, insightful lyrics, infectious hooks, exceptional musicianship, distinctive arrangements and sharp wit.

Bahamas is the moniker for singer/songwriter/guitar virtuoso Afie Jurvanen. Jurvanen, along with Christine Bougie (guitar), Don Kerr (drums), Mike O’Brien (bass), Felicity Williams (vocals), and longtime producer, multi-Grammy nominee Robbie Lackritz (Feist, Jack Johnson, Robbie Robertson) have elevated Bahamas music to new heights on Sad Hunk. The new collection is the follow-up to 2018’s Earthtones, which won Adult Alternative Album Of The Year at the 2019 Juno Awards, and received a Grammy nomination.

From his vocal phrasing to his songwriting to his masterful guitar work, Sad Hunk reflects a natural progression of Jurvanen’s artistry. Trick To Happy is a laid-back, soulful entry point, while the quirky, self-conscious Not Cool Anymore offers a tropical acoustic ambiance. Done Did Me No Good and Up With The Jones feature signature up-tempo Bahamas style and harmonies that legions of fans have come to love. Jurvanen’s vulnerability is on display in the touching Less Than Love, and he opens up his heart on the tender and beautiful Half Your Love.

Sad Hunk is an album inspired by domestic life and embodies an undaunted self-awareness. The album title and artwork finds the Jurvanen’s self-deprecating humor out front as the result of a nickname given to him by his wife in reaction to an overdramatic photo shoot a while back that was out of character.”