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Jake Owen: Real Life

With “Real Life,” Jake Owen again proves that he’s not willing to rest on what’s working or what has worked. The song borrows from his beach anthem spice rack, but doesn’t totally fit in that sub-genre of country music. If anything, it’s inspired by early-to-mid ’90s California rock. “Real Life” plays it chill, which is to say it’s the antithesis of “Days of Gold,” the lead single from Owen’s last album. That blues-rock driven firestorm was an immediate take-it-or-leave-it proposition. The response won’t be as immediately definitive with “Real Life.” “I grew up in a real town / Had a prom queen with a plastic crown / And we really did just drive around because there wasn’t s--t to do,” Owen signs to begin “Real Life.” “We didn’t know we were real broke / Daddy rolled them real smokes / We drank RC, no real Coke / And our neighbor had a pool.”....Read the rest of the review.


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