“Storm Warning” introduced Hunter Hayes to the Country Music world. “Wanted” became his first #1 and multi-platinum hit, “Wanted” introduced him to the rest of the USA. “I Want Crazy” is going to introduce Hunter Hayes to the world.
Mixing celtic-like guitars, mandolins, banjos and fiddles into a sound that recalls The Who’s “Baba O’Reilly” (or Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You”), “I Want Crazy” is a lyrically interesting and sonically different song for him. It is showing artistic growth without totally leaving his place in Modern Country Music. “I Want Crazy” has some rapid-fire lyrics in the chorus that help sell the song even more.
Yes, Hunter Hayes has a soulful voice that’s more R&B than Traditional Country but that’s fine in this Modern Country Music world we’re living in and as far as earnest, big sounding and romantic love songs go, “I Want Crazy” is perhaps the best love song I’ve heard come to mainstream country radio this year.
It’s lyrics — Hunter co-wrote the song with Lori McKenna and Troy Verges — are stronger than most of the songs on country radio and the melody is interesting. There’s not a chance in the world that Hunter Hayes doesn’t score a massive hit with “I Want Crazy.” Few songs are immediate and star-making. “I Want Crazy” is one of those kinds of songs.