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Album Review

Much ado has been made over the raw deal Eric Hutchinson received after his former label, Madonna's Maverick imprint, collapsed, leaving Hutchinson afloat without a record contract. Subsequently, the singer/songwriter turned things around for himself with the release of 2008's Sounds Like This. The album caught the ear of blogger Perez Hilton, whose support helped build some much-needed buzz for Hutchinson, as well as a deal with Warners. Hutchinson then followed up with 2012's Moving Up Living Down. As with that album, Hutchinson's 2014 effort, Pure Fiction, finds him delivering more of his passionate, melodic, and imminently likable songs. Hutchinson's experience with Maverick was clearly a sobering one, but rather than give up, the L.A.-based artist successfully transitioned from would-be star into a reliable journeyman songwriter. Which is to say, Hutchinson is able to write songs that retain his personal emotional integrity, while fitting in nicely with whatever sound is happening at that moment. It's a skill that sets Hutchinson next to artists like Jason Mraz and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (both of whom Hutchinson has toured with). To these ends, on Pure Fiction we get the anthemic, Mumford & Sons-style opener, "Tell the World," the '80s Rick Springfield-meets-Peter Wolf-sounding "A Little More," and the soulful Billy Squier-esque "I Got the Feelin Now." Hutchinson even summons the hard rock-turned-crooner energy of Extreme for his very "More Than Words"-sounding acoustic power ballad "Goodnight Goodbye." Ultimately, the truth of Pure Fiction is that Hutchinson remains an impressive, resonant-voiced singer and a vibrant conduit for catchy, radio-ready pop.

Customer Reviews

Confused Laura O

Like many of you, I have been a loyal E Hutch fan since first hearing him (seen him live 3 times). I am so confused at the corporate overtones in many of the songs on this album. Eric…did you write these songs?!?! There are a few that harken back to your cleverness and soulful voice (Shine on Me, Sun Goes Down), but many of the tracks are over produced, simple and repetitive. Don't get me wrong…I still love you Eric…but this departure seems aimed at increasing radio play. While understandable, it's kinda disappointing to those of us who have been with you since the beginning.

Pure Fiction

I've been a fan since the beginning and Tell The World does not disappoint. It's upbeat and great to run to. I cannot wait for the rest of the Album to be released in April.


With every release he sounds more and more like he's trying to be Maroon 5.


Born: September 8, 1980 in Washington, D.C.

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

New York-based performer Eric Hutchinson is a singer/songwriter with a knack for witty lyricism and hummable melodies that mix folk and power pop influences. Born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., Hutchinson first began performing in public while attending Emerson College, a performing arts-oriented university located in downtown Boston. Between Emerson's influential campus radio station, WERS, and the thriving local singer/songwriter scene, the guitarist and pianist found enough...
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