Carly Rae Jepsen
Curiosity


3.0
good

Review

by Dashnavar USER (7 Reviews)
February 18th, 2012 | 132 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Curiosity is good teaser for Jepsen's full-length release, with tracks that show some potential for artistic growth.

After placing 3rd on the fifth season of Canadian Idol in 2007, Carly Rae Jepsen followed in the path of other Idol alumni, releasing an album, and then... disappearing. Considering this, it's surprising to see her in the place she is now. Carly Rae Jepsen hit #1 on the Canadian Hot 100, making her the third Canadian to ever do so. Furthermore, she was the opener for Hanson in Canada, and she got signed to Scooter Braun's record label. Looking at all this success, Curiosity, her new EP, should have been more. The lyrics are okay at best, and the production is rather generic. However, the stronger tracks on the album back up Jepsen's pop potential and is only a glimpse at what could be on her full-length sophomore, slated for a late-2012 release, proving that Jepsen merits the benefit of the doubt.

Curiosity, appropriately named, sees Carly Rae Jepsen take on the role of of a naive teenage girl through fluffy pop songs. Saying this probably won't attract anyone that is of legal age, but it's serviceable for the people that care. However, because of the demographic being targeted on Curiosity, the lyrics are constantly corny. Sometimes the lyrics are forgivable because of brilliant production and Jepsen's versatile voice, but often, the tracks lack these two factors.

An instance in which the song works is in the Ramsay-produced lead single, “Call Me Maybe.” The hilarious chorus states: “Hey, I just met you/and this is crazy/but here's my number/so call me maybe.” Albeit the lyrics, the song is one of the strongest ones on the album. The pulsating beat and the uplifting string arrangements make the lyrics seem like the lyrics were purposely put there to enhance Jepsen's sense of humour and her sparkling personality. Her vocals enhance the earnest sound of the track, and thus the track becomes fresh, light, and energetic.

“Talk To Me” is also guilty of generic lyrics (Well I'm in of you're in/Let's make a big mistake), but Jepsen's voice has an interesting, Pixie Lott-like twang, and the pulsating beat and the 80's bass line make the track sound fresher than it actually is. “Both Sides Now” also follows the bad lyrics, good voice/production formula.

Jepsen gets lost when she is stripped down, as seen in “Just A Step Away.” The arpeggiated guitar background is boring, and she tries to reach far beyond her vocal capabilities, making the track a slight earsore. “Curiosity” draws from the key-modulating filler concept from Beyonce's “Love On Top,” but she can barely hit the notes.

The good thing about Carly Rae Jepsen's music (for the most part) is that it's not electronic euro-trash, but it's not a pile of boring, acoustic arrangements. The combination of orchestration with fun beats could be the niche that she could develop into as an artist, and she has plenty of time to improve. Canadian artists are prone to testing the waters of the music industry before going in the artistic direction towards which they want to go. They garner popular attention before showing artistic growth on their sophomore release. For example, Light's “The Listening” was extremely poor. Her voice sounded nasally and the whiny, high-pitched electronic effects didn't help her cause, but on Siberia, the dubstep influences helped Lights overcome her weakness. Think of Jepsen as Light's “little sister,” there's room for growth here, and Curiosity shows that.



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Dashnavar
February 18th 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This probably doesn't deserve any higher than a 2/2.5, but screw it.

Scoot
February 18th 2012


17771 Comments


first song is annoying

foreverjohndeered
February 18th 2012


897 Comments


so fucking annoying

Dashnavar
February 18th 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Like I said, so was The Listening, but that didn't stop Lights in Siberia.

pizzamachine
February 19th 2012


12571 Comments


Good review, I agree that Carly hasn't found her niche yet. I like some of the songs here though, albeit very guiltily.

Dashnavar
February 23rd 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks! And haha, same here :P

BonRurgundy
April 6th 2012


352 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Call Me Maybe makes me want to commit genocide.

Digging: Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge

Dashnavar
April 9th 2012


64 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The only Canadians worth killing are the members of Nickelback >.

Yazz_Flute
April 10th 2012


18787 Comments


I hate how catchy this is.

It's terrible though.

Digging: Finch (US) - Say Hello to Sunshine

gabethepiratesquid
April 10th 2012


4521 Comments


It's not even terrible at all. The OP was basically on point. She just needs to kind of work on her lyrics and find a niche.

I'm falling in love with Call Me Maybe.

Yazz_Flute
April 10th 2012


18787 Comments


She just seems to be another ironically popular manic-pixie dream girl to me.

gabethepiratesquid
April 10th 2012


4521 Comments


^^ Ironically popular?

I do think Call Me Maybe has cute lyrics though I don't care what the OP says
"Before you came into my life I missed you so bad" D'awwwwh, Carly!
but the music video kind of annoys me because she portrays that really annoying role that Zooey Deschanel is doing in that new sitcom of hers'. "OH WOW SHE'S A CUTE GIRL AND SHE'S TRYING TO BE SEXY BUT SHE TRIPS AND FALLS oohhh she's SUCH a loser even though she's so cute!!! what a DORK!!! Next episode she'll try to dance and she'll end up doing the ROBOT!"

Yazz_Flute
April 10th 2012


18787 Comments


"OH WOW SHE'S A CUTE GIRL AND SHE'S TRYING TO BE SEXY BUT SHE TRIPS AND FALLS oohhh she's SUCH a loser even though she's so cute!!! what a DORK!!! Next episode she'll try to dance and she'll end up doing the ROBOT!"




That's what I meant by ironically popular.

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2012


10455 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

http://www.brobible.com/videos/watch/no-arms-call-me-maybe-drums


DESTROYED

Digging: Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE

Yazz_Flute
April 27th 2012


18787 Comments


wut

qwe3
May 13th 2012


21362 Comments


ben howard does a sick cover of call me maybe

Sirob
May 24th 2012


2653 Comments


its hard to look right at you baaaayby

but heres my number

so call me maybe ;)

BigSimo
June 1st 2012


162 Comments


call me maybe is the greatest song ever destroys all other modern pop and metal

Satellite
June 1st 2012


20818 Comments


get really drunk at 3 am and tell me call me maybe isn't catchy

coneren
June 1st 2012


11111 Comments


ok hold on



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