Written by Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne
Everclear is one of the few pop bands that I liked in the late 90s/early 2000s. While a lot of their music sounded similar, their grooves were addictive and their tunes were memorable (“A.M. Radio”, Anyone?).
As a result of enjoying Everclear, I’ll admit that I actually guiltily enjoy Jake Owen’s “Real Life.”
The only problem is that since “Real Life” sounds like it’s straight off of an Everclear album, I like the song on that level. I like it as a frivolous piece of pure pop ear candy. But “Real Life” is supposed to be a country song.
I refuse to accept it, therefore, grade an enjoyable pop song on a curve, as a valid country song!