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The 21 Project

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Hunter Hayes 11/6/2015

Review

Unlike Taylor Swift, who wrote "22" when she was 22, Hunter Hayes wrote "21" when he was 24, so the 2015 song doesn't mark a personal milestone for the country singer/songwriter, but he decided to throw a party for the tune anyway, using it as the anchor for The 21 Project, a 21-song set that sees a seven-song EP from three angles. First up is the studio set, slick and smooth and bearing all the hallmarks of a big budget, and that's followed by acoustic interpretations of the songs -- to be clear, these are not demos but fully produced renditions, complete with a backing band and, on one cut, Lady Antebellum. The group shows up on all three discs, including the final disc that finds Hunter playing each of the seven songs in front of a crowd. These live cuts are nearly as big and glossy as the studio cuts, so the cumulative effect of The 21 Project suggests that no matter what the setting, Hunter Hayes is a preternaturally gifted Nashville player who loves the machinations of the Music City as much as he loves the songs themselves. As for those songs, they're certainly well-crafted -- his mastery with construction is evident and he's casually versatile, dipping into pop, beach-front reggae, and crossover-ready ballads. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 21 Hunter Hayes 3:13
  3. 2 Young and in Love Hunter Hayes 3:48
  4. 3 Saint or a Sinner Hunter Hayes 3:8
  5. 4 Where It All Begins Hunter Hayes 3:29
  6. 5 Suitcase Hunter Hayes 3:43
  7. 6 The Trouble With Love Hunter Hayes 3:55
  8. 7 I Mean You Hunter Hayes 3:9
  9. 1 21 [Acoustic Version] Hunter Hayes 3:14
  10. 2 Young and in Love [Acoustic Version] Hunter Hayes 4:12
  11. 3 Saint or a Sinner [Acoustic Version] Hunter Hayes 3:6
  12. 4 Where It All Begins [Acoustic Version] Hunter Hayes 3:43
  13. 5 Suitcase [Acoustic Version] Hunter Hayes 5:21
  14. 6 The Trouble With Love [Acoustic Version] Hunter Hayes 3:45
  15. 7 I Mean You [Acoustic Version] Hunter Hayes 3:5
  16. 1 21 Hunter Hayes 3:59
  17. 2 Young and in Love Hunter Hayes 3:50
  18. 3 Saint or a Sinner Hunter Hayes 3:17
  19. 4 Where It All Begins Hunter Hayes 3:51
  20. 5 Suitcase Hunter Hayes 3:32
  21. 6 The Trouble With Love Hunter Hayes 3:56
  22. 7 I Mean You Hunter Hayes 3:21

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