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|Jana Kramer - Jana Kramer Review|
|17-06-2012 10:58 | 0 comment(s)|
| There has been a lot of discussion in and around the country music industry about Jana Kramer recently leading up to the release of her self-titled debut album. Some feel that she is an actress (formally of "One Tree Hill") who wants to spread her wings and dabble in country music, while others see her as a potentially big star in the industry. She has the looks, the personality, and the opportunity, but does she have the musical chops as a legitimate country music recording artist?
Jana's debut, released on Tuesday (6/4), could have gone a million different directions. There are those artists who choose to have a variety of different influences present on an album,the "something for everyone" theme. Then there are those who try to make a bold statement with their debut, a "this is who I am, love me or hate me" frame of mind. Historically, neither has been all that effective,and with the current day & age of the genre, making the wrong decision with one's full-length introduction to fans could be career suicide.
'Jana Kramer' is exactly what one would expect the music from a girl who looks and acts like Jana should sound like. It's catchy, with beautiful harmonies, and overall, makes you want to sing along. It doesn't break the mold of debuts and won't go down in history as one of the more invigorating collections of music, but what it will do is encourage fans (and critics) to take her and her music seriously.
Her debut single, "Why Ya Wanna," which first put her on the country music map, shows off a sensitively southern side, while the album's opening track, "Good Time Comin' On," heads a little harder into the more traditional country direction. "King Of Apology" and "What I Love About Your Love" are exactly where Jana belongs, mid-tempo tunes with a moderate about of pizzazz accompanied by a touch of sensitivity. The lyrics are timeless, the melodies are irresistibly catchy, and she delivers effortlessly and honestly.
Where this album falls short, which is the case for a number of debuts, is with the ballads. She certainly has the vocal ability for songs like "Whiskey" and "Good As When You're Bad," but they fall just short of matching the quality of the rest of the record. Pop-influenced "Goodbye California" is what we feared as country music fans would dominate this record: almost bubble-gum style, over the top, modern pop. Luckily this was the only such song on the album.
We don't know what to expect from Jana Kramer in the future. After all, she's a young woman with loads of diverse talent. She has the looks to be in show business, some experience in television, and, as we've learned as of Tuesday, she can sing country music. Sure, she has room to grow,mostly on the ballads, and as long as she keeps her distance from the teen-driven pop-country anthems, she has a bright future in the genre. If she's driven to pursue a long-term music career, this may be the first of many releases we hear from Jana Kramer.
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