The idea that a woman can write a bro country song seems implausible. What kind of woman could ever write a song that artists like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Jason Aldean will screech out and accompany with pop and hip hop sounds that don't belong in country music? But Kramer managed to do that. The second and fourth tracks on this album are songs like that. "Don't Touch My Radio" has a little bit more of a girl power element than "Pop That Bottle," but both are equally atrocious. If Kramer's goal for "Pop That Bottle" was to create a song that is a female version of a bro county song, she succeeded. This can't be Jana Kramer. It has to be Jason Aldean or Tyler Hubbard disguised as a thirty something gorgeous woman with one heck of a voice. Because this does not sound like Jana Kramer. It's not her voice as a songwriter. Either she had a lapse in judgment during a few writing sessions or these were pushed by her label, but these do not sound like Jana Kramer.
The song that has received the most buzz, besides "I Got the Boy," has been "Said No One Ever." It has received quite a bit of praise from other country pop artists. Although not a particularly good song, this is a guilty pleasure for sure. The slightly annoying but catchy quality of the the repeated "said no one ever" is such an ear worm. Some of the lyrics don't quite work, but if Kramer is looking for a crossover song to appeal to teenage girls all across the board genre wise, this is it.
The biggest miss of the album is the duet with rocker Steven Tyler. "Bullet" is a pop rock song disguised by twang, describing a failed engagement .Tyler adds absolutely nothing to the song, and the electronic effect on 'bullet' is annoying and belongs in bad pop music, not country.
This record did not live up to expectations. The lyrics of most of this record seem like they belong on either a Luke Bryan album, or on a Disney Channel Soundtrack. There's not really any in between, besides the four tracks mentioned below as highlights. Jana Kramer is insanely talented, and she has so much going for her, but this album does not accurately show off that she is a woman that will lead country music back to its roots. "I Got the Boy" did, but not much else.
Best tracks: Just Like in the Movies, I Got the Boy, Boomerang, Love
Throwaway tracks: Pop that Bottle, Bullet, Don't Touch My Radio
Overall rating: 3 crowns