The first two months of 2015 were pretty good for country music. There’s already a few album of the year candidates and several great songs released. So of course we were poised to have a bad month in March. Not exactly a shining start with a few zero reviews. Then this past Monday I find out that RaeLynn has released a new single. I thought to myself, “It has to be something from her EP and we already covered that, so we’re good.” But just to be safe I checked anyway. Sure enough this is not from her Me EP from earlier this year and it’s a brand new song. Rats. So here I am reviewing RaeLynn’s new single “For A Boy.”
I went in with a sliver of hope that this song wouldn’t be too bad and maybe RaeLynn has taken a more mature approach with her music. Sadly that little bit of hope gets squashed as soon as I press play on this song. I should’ve known better just by reading the title of the song. This song has the same theme as pretty much every RaeLynn song. It’s about cute boys and how she can please those boys. It’s essentially bro country sung from the female perspective. Just look at the chorus lyrics:
Go on get it out boy say
I’m the only one that makes you this crazy
Come on and tell me boy
How I’m the only thing you thinking about lately
But what you don’t know, what you don’t know
Is what a girl like me would do for a boy like you
How would you interpret these lyrics, especially the last part? I’ll let you be the judge of it. All I know is this is another song where RaeLynn suggests the girl should let the boy be in control and dictate the relationship. This type of song has not only been done to death by country music, but by RaeLynn herself. She can’t sing a song about anything else other than boys? Is it impossible for her to dig deep and sing something with depth? So far, based on her library of songs released, the answer to both is yes. The only thing I can say I liked about this song was the banjo, but it was pretty much buried throughout the song in favor of heavy pop influences and instrument machines. RaeLynn’s twang in her voice when she sings is still as thick as peanut butter and drags the quality of her music down even further. I mean it’s bad enough the lyrics are uninspiring and terrible, but her over-twanged voice just makes the song even worse.
I just don’t understand why she continues to get pushed as an artist. It all started with Blake Shelton on The Voice and now Big Machine is pushing her. I just don’t see any talent in any area of her performances. The lyrics are weak, the instrumentation is weak and her voice is weak. I hate to say it, but it seems the only reason Big Machine even signed her is because of her looks and her willingness to sing any sexist, bubblegum pop country song they throw her way. Every time RaeLynn releases a new song I hope she proves me wrong, but she just doesn’t. “For A Boy” is simply another terrible song from RaeLynn and like every other RaeLynn song we’ve reviewed on here, I recommend avoiding it.