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Hunter Hayes’ self-titled 2011 debut left no doubt that he was one of Nashville's most prodigiously talented artists—the 22-year-old played all the instruments on that GRAMMY®-nominated effort. Hayes also cowrote all the songs on his second long-player, Storyline, but it 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 (fingerpicked 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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Do Not Put This Album on Shuffle

There is no need to go through the wunderkind that is Hunter Hayes. With his platinum debut album on which he played every single instrument, 4 grammy noms, mutliple sold out headlining tours, and praise and approval from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and Elton John, Hunter Hayes has more than proven himself to the world. Keep in mind, he hasn't even turned 23 yet. The kid is a musical prodigy. There is no denying. Whether or not you consider him "true country," do not let that deter or deprive you from listening to Hayes' sophmore album.

Storyline: is an art piece. Play it from beginning to end. The album is literally a story. See the story starts off like this, you have the electric guitar driven "Wild Card" where you first meet this person. They are out of this world. Incredible. You have never met anyone like them. You begin to get to know this person and you guys create your own "Storyline" together during that all too well known honeymoon stage. "Storyline" sounds like an old blue grass song with a modern twist and incredible drum component at the beginning. You just want to hold onto this person's hand and explore life and the world together. "Still Fallin" is the point in your relationship when things begin to settle, but through your daily interactions with this person, you still look at them every day with awe. It's a simple, honest song which Hayes manages to sing with a gentleness and compassion. It is the musical version of having butterflies in your stomach. You begin to commit to this person and thats where the ridiculously catchy "Tattoo" comes in. With the genius line of "Your name, your name...would be a good tattoo" This song, as well as all the previous are all celebratory and epic and ...kind of like life when you're in a great relationship with a great person and everything is going well.

Unfortunately life has a way or ruining things. Hayes injects the extremely personal "Invisible" here, letting everyone know that "there is so much more to life than what you're feeling now." Which is a good idea to take with you as we realize that the relationship, that was once so amazing and so great is gone. While "Invisble" is not necessarily the song that you will put on shuffle, it is inspiring. And in this world, the messages that come from "Invisible" has undoubtly shed light on someone's life. Hayes brings in some beautiful strings during the interlude. Making one almost wish this was an entire song rather than just an instrumental track. This is when the story changes. Suddenly, everything you knew and loved is gone. "You Think You Know Somebody" is one of the rawest songs. You can feel the anger pulsing through Hayes' fingers as he rips on the guitar. "You open your heart, open your mind, let somebody in..." Hayes softly starts off. As the song progresses, the anger boils and grows, and this is reflected musically as Hayes sings with more emotion and the guitar increases. You allowed yourself to be vulnerable, and you almost regret it. You trusted this person, and all those beautiful moments you guys shared meant nothing.

You then go through all the stages after the breakup. The desperate and lonely plea for answers in the classically country "When Did You Stop Loving Me," the decision to look on the brightside of things with "Nothing Like Starting Over," (an outlook on a breakup that is unique and unlike any other breakup song), and the acceptance that it is over with "If It's Just Me" and moving on accordingly.

And here we are at the end of the album, at the end of this relationship, at the end of our storyline: After everything we've been through "Love Too Much" does not hold any regret. We're not going to let the past, the ups and downs prevent us from opening up and allowing ourselves to care and to feel and to be vulnerable.

Which is what this entire album is. The story of one young man, opening up, being vulnerable both in his own life, and musically. Hayes blends all the instruments together well and shows off his guitar skills in every song. The album is well produced and brings ina great variety of sounds and styles and genres, all of which have influenced Hayes musically. The highs are higher: the happier songs are happier. The lows are lower. The angry and sad songs are angrier and sadder. This album shows a multitude of growth both musically and personally in Hayes' life, while still reminding us of how young and at times naive he is.

I repeat, do not put this album on shuffle. You do not listen to Storyline. You experience it. To truly appreciate Storyline, you need to prepare youself to go through this emotional rollercoaster of well produced, lyrically intelligent, bluesy, country, rock, pop songs that open up old wounds and brings back all too familiar feelings.

This is a great story Hayes, and we're excited to see where your story goes. A+.


From what I heard on the episode of FTLOM this album will be freaking AMAZING!!! I can't wait for it to come out Hunter is such an incredible artist and deserves everything that is coming his way!


This is going to be the best thing ever! Super stoked to here what Hunter created this time in the studio!


Born: September 9, 1991 in Breaux Bridge, LA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

When he was just 19 years old, Hunter Hayes became one of the hottest new stars in country music, having signed with a major label and attracted plenty of press attention and airplay, but despite his youth, this wasn't really new for Hayes -- he was playing for paying audiences at the age of five and cut his first album when he was only nine. Hayes was born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana in 1991, and showed a keen interest in music at an early age. His family was proud of their Cajun heritage, and...
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Storyline, Hunter Hayes
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Country, Music, Honky Tonk, Rock
  • Released: May 06, 2014

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