“Beachin’” by Jake Owen

Grade: B

photo by Danny Clinch/Sweettalk Publicity

What happens when the “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” turns into daytime? Temperatures rise, clothes disappear and you go “Beachin’,” as the latest single from Jake Owen suggests.

Instead of the auburn-haired beauty of Jake’s breakout hit, this time he’s relaxing on the sandy shores of Daytona Beach with a gorgeous blonde, sipping Corona, watching the whitecaps and letting romance flower.

It’s a summer song not too far off from Kenny Chesney’s “When the Sun Goes Down” or Zac Brown Band’s “Toes,” with Jake speak-singing the verses that describe the object of his affection and their blissful time in the sun. It’s nothing particularly new in the lyrical department (and giving $20 to make a reggae band play “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”? Oof!), but at least the party’s out of the woods for a change.

Most intriguing is the production, which marries some futuristic keyboard sounds to crunchy guitar power chords and a ticking drum loop that blows up to window-rattling proportions when the chorus hits.

Sure, it’s just lighthearted fun, but considering how brutally cold this winter has already been, it’s pretty hard to hear this and not daydream about escaping to somewhere warm.

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