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Hunter Hayes

  • 1. Storm Warning
    2. Wanted
    3. If You Told Me To
    4. Love Makes Me
    5. Faith
    6. Somebody'S Heartbreak
    7. Rainy Season
    8. Cry
    9. Somebody But Me
    10. What You Gonna Do
    11. More Than I Should
    12. All You Ever
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 528890

  • Credits
    ProducerDann Huff; Hunter Hayes
    EngineerMark Hagen; Tony Daigle

    Personnel: Charlie Judge (programming).
    Audio Mixer: Justin Niebank.
    Recording information: The Castle Recording Studios; The Good Noise Room; The Grip.
    Photographer: Juan Pont Lezica.
    Possessed with boyish good looks suggesting a blonde Justin Bieber and being a genuine teen la Taylor Swift, it's perhaps easy to dismiss Hunter Hayes as country's long-needed tween heartthrob, but that assumption overlooks an important part of his history: his co-authorship of "Play," a 2010 album track for those Nashville slicksters Rascal Flatts. Behind that grin lies the heart of a pro, a craftsman who knows how to sincerely sell the insincere. Consequently, his 2011 eponymous debut isn't nearly as gangly and unaffected as any of Swift's records, even the one where she's grappling with what it means to be a star, but he can mask his calculations with aplomb, dipping his toe into a Jason Mraz-styled singalong, just enough of a switch to suggest he could cross over but not enough to suggest he's restless. Hayes is happy with the middle of the road -- it's the quickest destination to stardom, after all -- and he's bright and chipper, so charming he never seems like he's gunning for the biggest possible audience. Such incessant good cheer and clean commercialism could grate, but he has an easy touch that would be appealing even if he didn't have sugary melodies to sweeten the deal, yet he does -- he has crisp, bright, relentless melodies designed to win over any audience. Hunter Hayes may be pure Nashville product but he believes in what he's selling, so it's hard not to smile along as he hawks his wares. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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