14 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hunter Hayes’ 2011 debut left no doubt that he was one of the most prodigiously talented artists in Nashville—the 22-year-old played all of the instruments on that GRAMMY®-nominated effort. Hayes again co-wrote all the songs on Storyline, but his second full-length calls on members of his touring band (including groundbreaking pedal steel player Paul Franklin) to fill things out. The result is a sleekly produced collection of modern country that alternates driving, radio-ready hooks and sensitive ballads. Hayes’ taste for traditional instrumentation (finger-picked guitar, mandolin, and banjo) gives rousing songs like “Flashlight” and “Storyline” a traditionalist bent, while ballads like “Still Fallin’” and “Invisible” are climactic, lushly produced highlights.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hunter Hayes’ 2011 debut left no doubt that he was one of the most prodigiously talented artists in Nashville—the 22-year-old played all of the instruments on that GRAMMY®-nominated effort. Hayes again co-wrote all the songs on Storyline, but his second full-length calls on members of his touring band (including groundbreaking pedal steel player Paul Franklin) to fill things out. The result is a sleekly produced collection of modern country that alternates driving, radio-ready hooks and sensitive ballads. Hayes’ taste for traditional instrumentation (finger-picked guitar, mandolin, and banjo) gives rousing songs like “Flashlight” and “Storyline” a traditionalist bent, while ballads like “Still Fallin’” and “Invisible” are climactic, lushly produced highlights.

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