Review – RaeLynn’s “For A Boy” Is What You Expect

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.

Grade: 0/10

12 thoughts on “Review – RaeLynn’s “For A Boy” Is What You Expect

  1. Derek Hudgin March 16, 2015 / 11:25 am

    If I could get behind the verses, then I might like this song. But her whole you’re rather sweet and sensitive for a boy is a terrible story. RaeLynn should take a time machine back to 1950 where she can be a housewife with those sorts of gender attitudes and be right in place

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  2. Raymond March 16, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    Heh I am not shocked at all girl can’t sing. Before anybody says you don’t have to hear it I tell them shut up. This song is the reason why I’m giving Kelsea Ballerinis song on the charts a 5/10. Kelsea at least has a strong voice despite some shallow lyrics she has potential Raelynn however has none of that and has terrible pop production. Back to this song it shouldn’t do too much on the charts I’m predicting Top 40 at the highest for one reason she won’t have On The Verge to support her this time. Regardless I hate Raelynns music no matter how much my friends shove it down my throat. The banjo makes me give this song a 0.5/10. Otherwise skip this trash heap of garbage.

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  3. Pete Marshall March 16, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    Should I listen to this garbage?

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    • Josh Schott March 16, 2015 / 7:54 pm

      No

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  4. Scotty J March 16, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    I think one of the reasons that she is continuing to get a strong label push is in response to the criticisms about the lack of females on the radio combined with the vacuum created by the departure of Taylor Swift. They are trying to appeal to the young female audience but I’m not sure that group still exists to be wooed to country. Or at least not many of them. And in an attempt to target them they are basically ruling out every male listener which is pretty damn confining for a new artist.

    Once again I’ll say that rewarding mediocrity is not the answer to the question of women in mainstream country radio.

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    • NoahHibiscusEaton March 17, 2015 / 2:07 am

      Then why not push Lucy Hale? Or Katie Armiger? Or Kelleigh Bannen?

      Barring the latter’s “Famous”, of course, these three females produce quite radio-friendly pop country and it’s much better than anything RaeLynn has trotted out or Kelsea Ballerini’s debut single.

      If any of those three were being shoved down our throats instead (at least as far as what they’ve released so far save “Famous”), I wouldn’t mind. I mean, I’d especially love to see Caitlin Rose and Lindi Ortega become breakout radio presences, but I realize I’d be pushing my luck there.

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      • Scotty J March 17, 2015 / 2:36 am

        I suspect that it’s a combination of her association with Blake Shelton and The Voice so the thinking would be that she has a greater name recognition than the others which in theory should give her a leg up. The problem is she’s just not a very good singer. The overriding thing though is this bizarre system where there is apparently only room for a couple of women at a time. It really is strange.

        I would love to see Lindi Ortega get a shot also she has been a favorite of mine for a few years and I’ve maintained that ‘The Day You Die’ could have been a hit. It’s very catchy and not too quirky and it had a fun video and plus she is easy on the eyes which is a factor sadly and she has the whole red boots signature thing which could have helped her stand out from the crowd. But, sadly it wasn’t to be. Can always dream I guess.

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      • bob March 17, 2015 / 9:58 am

        To your ladies who haven’t been pushed – all far better than RaeLynn – I would add Rissi Palmer, Emily West, Amy Black (saw her a few weeks ago) and Kristen Kelly.

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  5. Lilly daw July 30, 2015 / 12:08 am

    This website is freaking awful and inaccurate. Raelynn is amazing person and has very inspiring lyrics. I’m sure your not a teen girl and you don’t understand but I am and I love the song. Bye.

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