A while ago, Hunter Hayes came out with a new album called Storyline. I’ve been meaning to review it forever, but I just never seemed to get around to it. Now seemed like a good time to get around to it.
The fourteen track album starts off with a high energy, verge of pop song with a definite country twang song – “Wild Card” – that has no troubles capturing your attention. Personally, it put a grin across my face and had me grooving in my seat. It’s the kind of song that you play at the beginning of a show to get the energy and anticipation set up for the rest of the show. After that the album goes right into the title track, which while it slows down the pace, it keeps the good feel energy. The left over energy from the first song pushes this one along and creates a rather nice flow to everything.
All of the songs are carried beautifully by Hayes’ vocals, which are admittedly enough to make a person melt. Paired with the love-driven songs and lyrics, well, most people just can’t resist having at least one Hunter Hayes song as a “their song” for them and their partners (I might be guilty of the same thing.) It’s not something that you can blame him at all for, because the cute, sensitive country boy routine is what sells – and he manages to sell it well, with a lot of original flavor to make it soar. The talent that he has for different instruments and songwriting makes it even better.
However, not all of the songs on this album are driven by love stories. “Invisible,” one of the first singles off of this album, is inspired by the years of bullying that Hunter Hayes went through, and is meant to be an inspirational song for all of the younger kids that go through the same sort of bullying. It’s a very nice change of pace, and the song is beautiful, fitting into the album perfectly even though you wouldn’t normally expect it too.
But overall, the album has an even mix of love driven songs, whether they be about falling in love or maintaining love or falling out of love. It works, and the songs for the most part have a wonderful spark of originality to them, so I can’t really complain.
To keep the flow going, there are interludes and jam songs, and it’s an addition that I approve of immensely and encourage in other albums. Interludes set the perfect mood-change for a song, and can move an album along well without leaving the listener with a feeling similar to whiplash. Also, interludes more often than not show case the instrumental talent of the musician. Or, they can add onto the previous song, as the song “… like I was saying (jam)” does for “When Did You Stop Loving Me.”
Overall, I’m in love with this album. The mix of slow almost serenade songs and fast songs that get you dancing is perfect, and there’s enough talent and differences in the songs to keep you engaged and lost in the music. While I might not go buy this album just yet, it’s definitely going to be a frequented one on Spotify.