Jana Kramer hasn’t had the easiest time finding success with radio singles. After scoring a top-5 with “Why You Wanna” Kramer hasn’t eclipsed the 20 spot with any of her follow-ups. Her previous single, “Love,” stalled just outside of the top 30. Jana Kramer carries a safe, pop country sound with all her songs, and for an industry in desperate need of, and fans demanding, more single female acts, there’s a bright spot for Kramer to keep pushing songs to the radio until something sticks. Her latest single, “I Got The Boy,” is a strong push from her and her label to get back in the spotlight.
Right from the beginning, you hear acoustic and steel guitars driving this ballad. The instrumentation is simple and it’s a great call back to 90s style country ballads. “I Got The Boy” has a fresh production to it compared to what radio’s playing. It’s a stark contrast to her female counterparts: Miranda Lambert’s rowdy “Little Red Wagon” and Carrie Underwood’s pop rock “Little Toy Guns.”
The story of the song is just as fresh and unique. Jana sees a newspaper announcement of a wedding. Her old high school flame, and presumably first love, has popped the question to a different girl. Seeing this prompts her to reflect back on their life together and focus on the different lives the two women experienced with the same man. “I got the first kiss, and she’ll get the last. She’s got the future and I got the past. I got the class ring; she’s got the diamond and wedding band. I got the boy, and she got the man,” sings Kramer in the chorus. This isn’t a whiny, I wish it could have been us type of song. “I Got The Boy” is merely a reflection on the differences and how time and experiences change us. It’s a song about growth. My only critique of the song is really some of the vocals. At times during the verses, Kramer seems to be forcing some emphasis on some of the words. But for the most part, especially in chorus, Kramer sings the song well and captures the emotions the story offers.
I think “I Got The Boy” is a fantastic song. I’d argue that it’s the best song Jana Kramer has released to date. Its reflective lyrics aided by wonderful country instrumentation are what make “I Got The Boy” a truly great country song. Kramer sings the song and tells the story with maturity and confidence. I really hope this song does well on country radio, because this is the type of song that both Jana Kramer and mainstream country need.