Hunter Hayes, ‘Somebody’s Heartbreak’ – Song Review
Whatâs remarkable about Hunter Hayesâs three singles â including his newest, âSomebodyâs Heartbreakâ â is the consistency. There is nothing amateur about this country newcomer. All three fly flat along a bar raised high above the reach of many Nashville singers, both young and old.
Perhaps one could argue that peaks and valleys would add some drama or create a story of comeback and perseverance. Maybe Hayes needs to get caught making out with someone famous, or maybe he needs to insult his peers to grab a few headlines? Right now, his only vices seem to be coffee and music (we can only assume he makes one heck of a cup of coffee), and his laser focus is putting him on a fast track to stardom â tabloids be damned.
âSomebodyâs Heartbreakâ combines the pop sensibility of âStorm Warningâ with the passion and power of âWanted.â No one is going to call Hayes a traditionalist. He embraces country music a la Keith Urban and Rascal FlattsÂ before adding his own meaningful stories and emotions.
âIf youâre gonna be somebodyâs heartbreak / If youâre gonna be somebodyâs mistake / If youâre gonna be somebodyâs first time, somebodyâs last time, baby be mine / If youâre lookinâ to be somebodyâs just friends / A little laughinâ, little lovinâ, never callinâ again, thatâs just fine / If youâre gonna be somebodyâs heartbreak / Be mine,â he sings during the chorus. Pay attention to the subtle vocal inflections in this one. Itâs a savvy move to tease what youâre capable of, but only reveal it all when the time (and song) is right.
âI guess that all Iâm tryinâ to tell you /Â Is a minute with you is better than two without /Â Oh, I wonât be a fool but I canât play it cool /Â So Iâm playinâ safe and Iâm breakinâ the rules /Â Iâm wishinâ I had what I know that you got /Â So if youâre cominâ my way then please donât stop,â Hayes asks of the girl heâs singing to.
While all three of Hunter Hayesâ first singles have been love songs, the 21-year-old has diversified his point of view since the first. Most importantly, heâs made sure each song stands apart from the others on his self-titled album. Too often a vocalist chooses one color and uses it to paint broadly across all 12 or 14 tracks. We hear something new with every release from Hayes, and we eagerly anticipate whatâs next.
Listen to Hunter Hayes, âSomebodyâs Heartbreakâ