Written by Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley, Hunter Hayes, and Kelly Lovelace
Back in the days of cassettes, a faulty player would run the tape through a little too fast. It made the beat quicker and the singer’s voice a bit higher.
“21” sounds like Keith Urban album filler played on one of those faulty cassette players. He’s an Urban LP at 45 speed.
I dig that Hunter Hayes is young enough to actually know what it’s like to party like he just turned 21. I’ll take his impish, aw-shucks enthusiasm over his sullen counterparts any day.
But party songs just aren’t that interesting, and there are too many of them out there right now.
Hayes has got the Urban sound down pat, and his own set of chops that are still being developed. Now that he’s celebrated that youthful feeling, I hope he spends more time looking forward. We’ve got enough man-children populating the radio today.