Harry Styles long awaited self-titled solo album was released last week. I waited to listen until Saturday morning (after loving the new radio hit “Sign of the Times”) and I CANNOT STOP LISTENING. The whole album is so dang good. Don’t brush it off as a teeny bopper album, or you’ll be missing out. One of my favorite tracks on the album (too hard to choose – addicted to “Meet Me In the Hallway” “Sweet Creature” “Ever Since New York” “Two Ghosts” – okay all of them, I guess) is “From the Dining Table.” I think one of the endearing things about this album is that the lyrics are so relatable. Don’t hate me for this comparison, but the fist thing that came to mind was AM by the Arctic Monkeys. The songs are so emotional and heartfelt, but there are also songs you can move to, and they’re perfect for jamming out in the car. OK, honestly, they’re perfect for everything because I also listened while I was running this morning. “From the Dining Table” is the last track on the album, the imagery is so vivid, but also the longing is palpable. His vocals are smooth, and the music is original. This guy is talented, and hopefully his true artistry is recognized.
You know how I told you to be prepared for a few more country music posts this week? Well, here we go. I know I can’t be the only one out here who was watching the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night? So, then I assume I also wasn’t the only one who saw Hunter Hayes debut his new single “I Want Crazy.” Oh my gosh. That boy. Every single song. A friend and I were texting about him, and he was like well, “what’s your favorite?” How do you have a favorite HH song?! When “Storm Warning” came out, I couldn’t get enough. I remember I was driving back to Tallahassee from Inverness just cruising along that long open stretch of 19, and I looked down to turn it up and was like WHO IS THIS?! I grabbed my phone so fast to Shazaam it!
“She rolled in from the west in a summer sun dress
Hotter than the heat in July
With her wind blown hair it just wasn’t fair
The way she was blowin’ my mind”
Yeah, then there was “Wanted”
Anyone can tell you you’re pretty, yeah
And you get that all the time, I know you do
But your beauty’s deeper than the make-up
Then, “Somebody’s Heartbreak”:
“I guess that all I’m tryin’ to tell ya
Is a minute with you is better than two without”
I mean, for twenty-one? That boy sure is a sweet talker. He just gets me with every song! And have you seen him? He’s adorable. And that voice – so steady and strong. He’s a great artist, if you ask me. So I for one loved hearing his new song “I Want Crazy.”
I mean, SO GOOD. My favorite lines from this one are
I want can’t sleep, can’t breathe without your love
Front porch and one more kiss, it doesn’t make sense to anybody else
The world makes all kinds of rules for love
I say you gotta let it do what it does
He’s worked with Victoria Justice. He’s opened for TSwift, Rascal Flatts, and even The Flaming Lips. I hope he’s got years and years of music making ahead because every single he puts out, I find myself listening to on repeat. If you don’t know Hunter Hayes yet, I say check him out because you don’t wanna miss out! Who knows why I haven’t spotlighted any of his songs yet?!