Storyline by Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes was still a teenager when he recorded his self-titled debut album in 2011. That one had critics raving about the musical maturity of the young man, who wrote or co-wrote every track and played every instrument on the now platinum-selling collection.
Fast-forward to almost three years later. Hunter Hayes has once again produced a collection of music that belies his tender age, not only in content, but in vocal confidence.
Hunter is already stirring up attention with the first single, “Invisible,” for its compelling and sympathetic approach to bullying, but it is in the rest of the album, which has a primary theme of love—fun and fiery, somber and sad—that we see the most growth from this young man. From the chug-a-lugging rhythm of “Wild Card,” to the sweetly sad waltz “Love Too Much,” Hunter reveals a sophisticated diversity with his writing that has us salivating for what’s next.
Hunter adds an interesting texture to the album, too, with an instrumental interlude mid-project and a second “jam” closer to the end that almost serve as audio palate cleansers to ready listeners for the next track.
The title track, with its line, We’ve got a fast car, a James Dean spirit and a Norma Jean heart, reveals an important musical influence: the equally talented Keith Urban. And we’re OK with that!