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Wild Blue (Part I) is Hunter Hayes' fourth major-label studio album which was released on August 16, 2019 by Warner Music Nashville.

Album Background[]

Hunter Hayes initially planned to release the album on October 11, 2019, the eighth anniversary of his first studio album.

However, in August 2019, Hayes made a surprise announcement on NBC's Today show revealing that the album would be released on August 16, 2019. The album is the first part of a trilogy of albums.

Tracklisting[]

  1. Madness
  2. Wild Blue
  3. Heartbreak
  4. One Good Reason
  5. Dear Go
  6. Loving You
  7. My Song Too
  8. One Shot
  9. Night and Day
  10. Still

Chart Performance[]

"Wild Blue (Part I)" debuted at #44 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, selling 1,400 copies in the United States (as of September 2019).

Critical Reception[]

Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that the album "belongs to the pan-genre world of late 2010s streaming, where most of the rhythms are sequenced and simmer at a mid-tempo, while a digital sheen sands down the differences between pop, country, R&B, and rock."

Entertainment Focus.com called it "a record that lacks cohesion and doesn’t stand against Hayes’ best work."

Your Life in a Song.com wrote: "All in all, ‘Wild Blue (Part I)’ is a successful introduction to the next chapter of Hunter’s career. It’s different, and might take a few listens to grasp, but it’s an example of how to evolve without alienating your fan base, staying true to what made you so great in the first place. Still packed with killer musicianship and mature storytelling, it will be received favourably by his loyal contingent; the mystery is how it will fare outside of that."

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