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article imageReview: Hunter Hayes delivers on new studio album 'Storyline' Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 9, 2014 in Music
Country music sensation Hunter Hayes has released his sophomore studio album "Storyline" on May 6 via his record label, Atlantic Nashville.
Hayes co-produced the album with veteran producer Dan Huff and he played various musical instruments. He co-wrote all 14 tracks on the record.
It opens with the fun and upbeat "Wild Card" and it is followed by the melodically stunning title track tune "Storyline," whose beat can easily be perceived as the male compliment to Martina McBride's "Happy Girl."
"Still Fallin'" is a soft slow-moving ballad about how each day is a new learning experience, and a way to discover something new to like about that special girl in the male narrator's life. "Tattoo" is more fun and energetic, where he states that a girl's name would be a good tattoo.
Country singer Hunter Hayes hitting the high notes at iHeartRadio Theater in New York
Country singer Hunter Hayes hitting the high notes at iHeartRadio Theater in New York
Douglas Sonders for iHeartRadio
He showcases a great deal of heart and soul as he sings the anti-bullying anthem "Invisible," which is his current single that he debuted this year at the Grammy awards. This single displays his substantial growth as a vocalist and songwriter, and many of his fans can relate to this song's universal message.
A brief and ambient instrumental interlude follows, prior to the spitfire "You Think You Know Somebody," whose lyrics convey a little bit of angst, especially since it is for the brokenhearted. It certainly creates an intense and dark mood.
Hayes changes up the pace with the upbeat and optimistic "Flashlight," which features an impressive guitar solo. "Like a sunrise from a lonely night, like a smile in a stranger's eyes. It's the moments that saved my life, nobody knows about. Like flashlights," Hayes sings.
"When Did You Stop Loving Me" is a ballad whose lyrics are conversational, where the male narrator questions when his girl's love faded out for him, and he immediately breaks into another instrumental jam, entitled "... like I was saying."
"Secret Love" is a mid-tempo tune about keeping a relationship clandestine, meanwhile in "Nothing Like Starting Over," he outweighs the benefits of a new relationship, where he will be free of heartaches.
It closes with the dynamic ballad "Love Too Much," where he shows his ability to hit the high notes, while simultaneously convey a wide spectrum of raw emotions.
The Verdict
Simply put, the "storyline" of Hunter Hayes' new studio album is simple: it is a great CD of relationship storytelling, and his message is inspirational and positive throughout. It is an album that the average country music fan cannot help but "love too much," to quote the title of his closing track. It garners 4.5 out of 5 stars.
With this CD, Hayes is poised for country super-stardom, and he is worthy of at least a "Male Vocalist of the Year" nomination at the upcoming Country Music Association (CMA) awards this November.
For more information on country star Hunter Hayes and his new album Storyline, visit his official website.
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