BC Jean, "Just a Guy"

3.5

Clive Davis signed pop upstart BC Jean to J Records after the Los Angeles singer/songwriter sparked label interest for co-penning Beyoncé's "If I Were a Boy." For her debut single, "Just a Guy," Jean has lined up a dream team of collaborators, including co-writers the Matrix and producer Ryan Tedder. The 21-year-old mixes a Euro-tech beat with her raspy vocals as she blames the hardships of a relationship on the difference between guys and girls. Alanis Morissette's influence shows in the sardonic opening verse: "You can wake up thinking nothing's wrong, but my bags are packed." By the end of the song, though, Jean admits that she's "just a girl" and all she needs is for him to "just be mine."