X2C by Sam Hunt

There’s a reason for the fact that Sam Hunt has two No. 1 songs to his name. The rising star knows what he’s doing, not only in the writing room (having co-penned chart-toppers “Come Over” for Kenny Chesney and “We Are Tonight” for Billy Currington) but also behind the microphone and in the studio.

The proof comes in his four-song EP, which he released in August and which contains his current hit single, “Leave the Night On,” as well as three gems that will also be found on his forthcoming full-length project.

The layers of detail in each song on X2C shows the brilliance in the minds of Sam and his producers, who obviously spent considerable time on the elaborate tracks. Each song taps into a different sound and style that shows the multifaceted artist that is Sam Hunt—his vulnerability in “Ex to See,” his fun and flirty side in “House Party” and the rawness and heartache in “Breakup in a Small Town,” all of which have a particular spin with the production, putting him on the cutting edge of the next wave of what’s to come.

Sam will likely receive flack for not falling within the country mold with X2C, but let’s forget about labeling his music and just appreciate it for what it is: a brilliant piece of art.

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