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Single Review: Jamie O’Neal – ‘Like A Woman’

Just in case some people don’t remember Jamie O’Neal, she debuted with the two number 1 singles “There Is No Arizona” and “When I Think About Angels” from her debut album Shiver in 2000. Then she had a sharp drop-off with her next singles, coupled with label troubles with Mercury Nashville, which caused her to exit the label after her second album was never released.

Then Jamie returned on Capitol’s roster and released a new album titled Brave and had 3 sucessful singles, most notably “Somebody’s Hero” which reached #3 on the charts. Then in 2007, she released another failed single (“God Don’t Make Mistakes”), another failed album, another label exit. Now, in 2008, she has signed to 1720 Entertainment, an indie label that includes Rissi Palmer. Now she has a new single and a new album on the way! Cue in “Like A Woman”.

Now I decided to review this single after I noticed that none of the other blogs I read have reviewed it, so here I am!

Now first I would like to say I do like this song, but it’s just not what Jamie needs to restart her career. Starting out it has mostly piano and strings with very little country elements besides a little steel guitar floating around, so this song is firmly in the country-pop category. The premise of the song is a wife who wants to rekindle the flame with her husband saying “tonight I want to feel like a woman.” The lyrics are fairly nondescript, with some cliches and the usual images and metaphors that go with this king of song. In other words, the lyrics are nothing special, but they aren’t bad, just boring.

From that, the song doesn’t sound special, right? However, Jamie has a put out a great vocal performance, especially during the sweeping chorus that has a great melody. She hits the great notes of the chorus with the power necessary, but she’s not screaming at all, just singing. Her vocals have the emotion that you can tell she really wants to feel her man’s love again, and you really believe her.

All in all, this song is good, but not great. Unfortunately, it’s not what Jamie needs right now. She needs a home run song, and this song just isn’t it: it reminds me of a song an artist puts out when they know it’ll be a hit even if it’s not top-notch. It’s good, but not good enough to bring her career back to how it started, which is why it’s hovering in the mid 50’s on the charts right now. I hope it goes higher, but I don’t know if it will at all, especially with all the Christmas songs clogging the lower half of the charts right now.

With her vocals though, I think her upcoming album will be great, assuming it gets released and she stays on the label. Knowing her track record so far, who knows if the album will come out at all, but I really hope it does!

Grade: B-

Listen to Jamie O’Neal – Like A Woman on Last FM.

8 responses to “Single Review: Jamie O’Neal – ‘Like A Woman’

  1. J.R. Journey December 13, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Excellent review, Chris. I like the song too, but I agree it’s just not going to stand out at radio enough to re-establish O’Neal.

  2. Jordan Stacey December 14, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I agree completley, I’ve been singing this one a lot lately it’s her vocal that carries it. I think this is the best vocal performance all year to be honest.

  3. chris36 December 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Her vocals are great, that’s why I think her album will be great, if it comes out, but I think it will come out. Maybe an indie label will unlock her potential!

  4. CF December 14, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    I really like this one. I think her vocals are stunning and it’s just catchy. Much better than most of her music, I think.

  5. Chris D. January 10, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Apparently a video has now been made for this single, and it will be on medium rotation on CMT soon. Watch out for it!

  6. Rodney Good January 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I just wanted to fill you in on what you refer to as Jamie’s “track record”. She had a great album ready to come out on Mercury after “Shiver”. Unfortunately, political turmoil within the label caused her producer/label vice president to be fired. Her loyalty to him, a vindictive label chief, and her subsequent pregnancy caused her premature exit. As for Capitol, it was never a good fit. Jamie has now found a home free from the creative hassles of incompetent label execs. This new album on 1720 will be her best yet – guaranteed.

  7. Chris D. January 26, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Cool info, Rodney! I was always wondering exactly what happened, so thanks for the info.

    Also, Like A Woman is also the title of her new album, due out March 31st!

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