Song Review: Jake Owen "Real Life"
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:40:36
It's the country singer's time.
Jake Owen has been bubbling under in the country music scene for several years. He is not quite "bro country," but he does have an easygoing musical energy. His songs are fun and very much comprised of the stuff of a life lived, and the ladies love him, because he is, well, extremely easy on the eyes.
But with his new song "Real Life," which is a singalong anthem, Jake Owen could and should take the crucial next step up in his career. This song could be definitive for him, in terms of elevating his profile. It feels like it's already doing that.
The song is an upbeat jam, with Owen delivering his lyrics in a sing-talk cadence, telling tales of real people who drink RC Cola, which was a budget version soda, instead of Coca-Cola, and the rest of the song is peppered with references to dive bars and Waffle Houses with rude waitresses who also have real problems, so they still deserves tips!
If that ain't culled from life as you know it, well, what is?
With the "Woah-oh" singalong, the song is crazy catchy. It's about the boys who don't talk to models since they have real girls. It's chill, it's very '9os alt-inspired and it's quite good.
Owen's nostalgia points to his youth and the youth of the generation before millennials were born with iPhones in their hands. It's so slice of life and so much fun. That latter element and vibe allows to song to be enjoyable no matter your generation.
It's like a more pop-leaning version of Zac Brown Band's sonic offerings.
It's also a universal, slice-of-life track that could be his biggest hit.
"Real Life" from Jake Owen is available now via Sony Music Nashville.