Review: Hayden – Hey Love (Arts & Crafts)

HaydenToronto singer-songwriter Hayden returns with Hey Love, his eighth studio album in a career that has provided him with modest success via a rather devoted following. For the most part, Hayden has stayed the course, writing material with melancholic overtones but with occasional shades of optimism poking through the clouds. As with prior efforts, Hayden’s baritone vocals anchor the record from start to finish, while individual songs, such as the haunting title track, “No Happy Birthday,” “Five Seasons,” and “Time Ain’t Slowing Down For Us” provide the album its assortment of colours. Hey Love is the perfect soundtrack for the upcoming rainy days of spring.