Storyline

Storyline

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by Hunter Hayes
     
 

He may have started recording long before her -- as a Louisiana wunderkind, he had a pair of records released when he was just nine and ten -- but Hunter Hayes emerged in the 2010s as the first genuine post-Taylor Swift artist in country music. Hayes followed her footsteps in the sense that he hid neither his youth nor his careerism, allowing his songs to have an open… See more details below

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He may have started recording long before her -- as a Louisiana wunderkind, he had a pair of records released when he was just nine and ten -- but Hunter Hayes emerged in the 2010s as the first genuine post-Taylor Swift artist in country music. Hayes followed her footsteps in the sense that he hid neither his youth nor his careerism, allowing his songs to have an open-hearted adolescence tempered by hooks designed to fill stadiums or at least occupy constant space on the airwaves. All this was evident on his eponymous 2011 album -- the major-label debut with Atlantic that effectively acts as his overall debut -- but it's in even stronger play on its 2014 sequel, Storyline. Once again co-written and co-produced by Hayes (Dann Huff returns as the co-producer), Storyline differs from its predecessor in that it showcases Hayes' touring band, a move that opens up the music and lets it breathe. Nevertheless, Hayes could never be considered a gritty musician, not by a long shot; he's proud of his sunny disposition and possesses a high, slightly nasal voice that occasionally recalls Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts. Hunter may have penned "Play," a tune that turned into a hit for RF in 2010, but he favors a brighter, sturdier pop than that Ohio group and he also can sling a guitar like Brad Paisley, two distinctions that give Storyline a livelier feel. His instrumental prowess provides the tightest ties to country music -- there's twang and muscle in his leads -- and they're showcased early on the album but this is by and large a proud pop album, something that's plain by the time the record reaches its first single, "Invisible," at just before the halfway point. Like Taylor, Hunter doesn't bother sounding older than his years nor does he care to put on airs: he's a modern-day Southern boy, raised on radio pop played in big box stores and playing the back porch on a Sunday afternoon, and those two strands come together beguilingly on this second album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2014
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678672958
catalogNumber:
542588
Rank:
22737

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hunter Hayes   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mandocello,Wurlitzer,Resonator,Guitar (Resonator),Guitar (Baritone),Hammond B3
John Acosta   Cello
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Peter Kent   Violin
Dane Little   Cello
Robin Olson   Violin
Mark Robertson   Violin
Evan Wilson   Viola
John Wittenberg   Violin
Nir Z.   Percussion,Drums
Justin Davis   Background Vocals
Robert Matsuda   Violin
Gerardo Hilera   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Belinda Broughton   Violin
Steve Richards   Cello
Rudolph Stein   Cello
Michele Richards   Violin
Jeanie Lim   Viola
Neil Samples   Violin
Juan-Miguel Hernandez   Viola
Mario de León   Violin
Devin Malone   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer
Steve Sinatra   Percussion,Drums
Jonathan Moerschel   Viola
Matt Utterback   Bass,Percussion
Sarah Zimmermann   Background Vocals
Andy Sheridan   Piano
Striking Matches   Background Vocals
Sam Ellis   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Ukulele,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Buckmaster   Composer,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Tony Daigle   Engineer
Barry Dean   Composer
Hunter Hayes   Composer,Producer
Dann Huff   Producer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Melissa Pierce   Composer
Bonnie Baker   Composer
Alex Fortney   Art Direction
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Adam Ayan   Mastering
Katherine Petillo   Art Direction
Sean Neff   Digital Editing
David Huff   Digital Editing
Troy Verges   Composer
Katrina Elam   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Craig Parker Adams   Engineer
Seth Morton   Engineer
Eric Paslay   Composer
Sam Ellis   Composer

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