Review – Jana Kramer’s “I Got The Boy”

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.

Grade: 8.5/10

30 thoughts on “Review – Jana Kramer’s “I Got The Boy”

  1. Zack February 16, 2015 / 11:09 am

    Huh, a little surprised. It seems everyone has taken a liking to this so maybe I’ll give it a listen. Haven’t been the hugest fan of her past work but based on your words I’ll give it a try

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    • Derek Hudgin February 16, 2015 / 11:54 am

      I think it’s the instrumentation and melody, but for whatever reason, this song reminds me of the Dixie Chicks, especially in the verses. It is a country song by every definition of the word and has great lyrics. In the hands of a better vocalist, I’d have probably scored this a 10.

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      • Zack February 16, 2015 / 1:01 pm

        Really? Wow, that’s quite a high grade! Now I definently have to give this a listen (once it becomes available other than through Spotify)

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  2. Raymond February 16, 2015 / 11:39 am

    I heard this song not too long ago and I was really impressed simple honest lyrics and Jana has in my opinion one of the better voices in country music. Overall I like the song a lot I’d give it a 9/10. No real problems and hopefully this will be the mainstream year for women in country music.

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    • Derek Hudgin February 16, 2015 / 11:51 am

      I hope it is too. Kacey Musgraves is in the midst of recording a new album, and there’s a boat load of singles being released by newer women. With Carrie probably slowing down due to her baby and Miranda out on a tour, there’s a huge opportunity for more women to get noticed on radio.

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  3. Scotty J February 20, 2015 / 12:13 am

    I agree that her enunciation at times is very forced and unnatural sounding but other than that this is a very good effort. This is the type of song that would get played like crazy in a just world but who knows in this bizarro world.

    Another interesting fact is that one of the writers is Jamie Lynn Spears who seems to be really committing to country and is making me think that her impressive first single may not be a fluke.

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    • Derek Hudgin February 20, 2015 / 9:03 am

      Wow. I searched a bit, albeit not intensely, for the songwriters but didn’t find them listed. That’s an interesting piece of info that she’s a cowriter. I haven’t listened to her that much but maybe I need to if she’s grounded and committed to this sound. It’s excellent

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    • Josh Schott February 20, 2015 / 11:40 am

      Great point about Jamie Lynn being a co-writer. I thought she was going to be a huge joke, like other actresses that have tried their hand at country music. But she’s proved everyone wrong and it’s great to see. I hope her first album is along the same lines as the first single.

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  4. Cobra February 23, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Finally got a chance to listen to this and I was sincerely impressed.

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  5. Tess August 24, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Really enjoy this this song! The lyrics remind me of Patsy Cline’s “She’s Got You.”

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    • Tommy Davis September 24, 2015 / 11:31 pm

      They are identical lyrics.. the song writers should be ashamed of themselves. I hope Patsy’s Family does something about it

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