Jake Owen – “Something About A Woman”

Brady Vercher | July 12th, 2007

Jake Owen For an artist trying to establish himself, Jake Owen’s “Something About A Woman” is a downright disappointing release. In marketing, you typically push your unique selling point and that is exactly what Jake Owen lacks right now. This song could have been recorded by anyone just as blandly as it is here.

Eighty percent of the song is hook without much of a supporting story and even then, the opening verse completely fails to support the hook in any sort of meaningful way and makes the sentimental tone of the song feel awkward. After listening to Owen sing about a woman rubbing tanning oil over herself and then untying the string on her bikini top, how could lines like “Some kind of gift they’re given / That makes this life worth livin’ / And it makes a man a man” not be construed as shallow and disingenuous. Seriously, women in bikinis make life worth living? Ok guys, don’t answer that.

The hook would have been decent with more sentimental verses, but even then, the lyric still wouldn’t have been strong enough to carry this song very far. I do like Owen’s traditional sound and think he has a voice that could take him places, as evidenced by his second single “Startin’ With Me,” but he needs to pick stronger material that will complement his voice and give him an identity.

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  1. mfrank_
    July 12, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    it sounds like whoever wrote it ran it past the marketing department first. “will this get airplay if i pander to women?” what a pile.

  2. _Caroline_
    July 14, 2007 at 11:45 am

    look here mr. brady.

    my name is caroline, and im jake’s cousin. “something about a woman” is an incredible song. and tons of people think so as well if you visit his website, myspace, etc. “something about a woman” is his next release for a new single. let me tell you something, that song is going to amazing just as his other songs have. i know everyone has their own opinion, but in this case, your opinion is completely wrong. same with you MFRANK. jake wrote the song and the meaning isnt about the joy of women in bikini. its about watching his woman and realizing how amazing she truly is. by the way, jake has more talent in his fingernail then you will ever have in your whole body. i know im coming off as rude, but hey, i got to stand up for the people i care most about in this world.

  3. Matt C.
    July 15, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    With every day that passes, I’m finding a comment that Bill Anderson made to be more true. He said that when he was starting in the business, you had to be unique or else you didn’t have a chance. Today, unless a new artist sounds like everyone else, they’re not going to get any airplay.

    Yes, this song could have been recorded by any male vocalist currently played on country radio and it was probably only the vagaries of circumstance that caused it to land on Jake Owen’s album. I loved “Startin’ With Me” and “Yee Haw” was pleasant enough, if somewhat fluffy. I like the vocal and the arrangement on this song, but I’m getting really sick of hearing the same thing over and over again.

  4. Stephen
    July 15, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    I’m sure it was released because it’s the earliest radio-friendly track remaining on his debut CD. “The Bad In Me” is far too rock to make it on radio, and with “Something About a Woman” the second track, it became the logical next release (with the way the labels seem to work). I would have preferred “Ghosts” to be his next single, although there’s really not much else on his CD worth becoming a single (even “Ghosts” is melodically very similar to “That’s What I Love About Sunday”). They may have been better off keeping the singles from his first album at two, and gotten some new material.

  5. mfrank_
    July 17, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    you’re too close, caroline. you can’t get a true perspective on the song. it’s obvious you aren’t really listening to the work. you’re listening to your defense of him (being family, etc.) i stand by my comments. it’s a pile of music city focus grouped housewife shinola designed to sell records and nothing more. sorry. God loves you.

  6. Jennifer
    August 2, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    I think the label is trying to exhibit the wide range of Jake Owen’s music and introduce the listeners to a new artist. With ‘Yee Haw’ (a fun loving party song as his first release), then a very serious ‘Startin With Me’ (showing a deeper side of Jake), a lighter tribute to how men feel about women with ‘Something About A Woman’ rounds out the artist and shows that he is a talented songwriter capable of writing a range of music. I don’t feel that anyone is pandering to women. ‘Something About A Woman’ is a solid song. It’s not ‘deep’ but it ‘feels good,’ and remember that Jake is 25 so he probably thinks a lot about women, which makes it ‘real.’ Isn’t that what a country song is about? Like it or not, this is a business and like everyone else I’m sure the artist would like to make a living with their songwriting. It makes sense to write a song that is real to them, as well as one that would appeal to radio listeners and the concert goers that pay to see them perform. I don’t call that pandering, I call it being a professional. I personally love Jake Owen’s entire CD and there are several cuts that I feel are also worthy of becoming singles. Having said that, I have also seen him perform ‘Something About A Woman’ live, and I will tell you that it is most definitely a crowd pleaser – not only with women, but with the men as well. I think it is a very relatable song to everyone with a catchy melody, great vocals, and is worthy of becoming a hit.

  7. Ms. Sears
    March 21, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    alright this is ridiculous. Jake Owen’s single is an amazing song. It is showing how the woman he loves makes him see how lucky he truly is. He is NOT saying girls in bikinis make life worth living and if you can’t see that then you need to look into the meaning of his song. Caroline was right. Enough said

  8. Mike
    May 23, 2008 at 8:45 am

    I just heard “Something about a Woman” for the first time a few minutes ago. It was brought to me by a long time lady friend that said when she heard it she thought of me. I listened to it, and it really does say allot that is inside of me towards my woman. As long as I’ve listened to country, yea it is manufactured by the industry most always, but Jake puts into it the necessary ingredients to make it palatable to the industry with just enough of his uniqueness to make it felt. Thanks Jake.

  9. Thomas
    May 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    hey mike, the only question here is:
    did she think this song was rather a kind of climax or anti-climax?
    make up your mind, then run or ….

  10. Susan
    May 26, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    I found this very old review while looking for something else but felt inclined to comment all the same. First, no, ‘Something’ was not the best option for a cut but the label was all hand wringing worried that ’8 Second Ride’ was not testing well and that became that. 8 Second should have been released then, it would have been huge. Instead the marketing gurus put it in on ‘Easy Does It’. Kind of a moot point but maybe it will have a second life or an 8 second life as the case may be. Lay off ‘Something’ it was a nice little song that was not intended to cure cancer. Jake has IT and eventually it will pay off.
    Someone mentioned ‘The Bad in Me.’ That was a great song and the hand wringers should not have dismissed it either!

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