Carly Rae Jepsen
Kiss


2.0
poor

Review

by Dashnavar USER (6 Reviews)
September 18th, 2012 | 92 replies | 7,598 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kiss just feels awkward and safe, even for teen pop.

7 of 9 thought this review was well written

To be honest, I don't even remember reviewing (and giving a surprisingly high rating for) the EP that Carly Rae Jepsen released earlier this year. However, I still cannot and will not deny the fact that “Call Me Maybe” is a really solid teen pop song. I get it, it's been parodied to death and it's one of the three songs that the radio just plays over and over and over again, but to quote one of the users that commented on my review, “get really drunk and 3 AM and tell me 'Call Me Maybe' isn't catchy.”

What really made “Call Me Maybe” so awesome was the fact that the song was literally the biggest breath of fresh air in a world of electronic production. I might even go as far as to say that no other pop song in the past two years has used strings as creatively as producer Josh Ramsay did. The real question was, could she carry the success of “Call Me Maybe” over a whole album?

Come September (and the release of Kiss), and you can see that the answer to that question is no. Except for “Call Me Maybe,” about every single one of these songs is an electronic mess. The main reason for this mess is that Jepsen's voice just doesn't fit with any of these songs. She has a thin, saccharine voice that drowns in the formulaic production, and it just feels out of place. Take, for example, the Max Martin produced “Tonight I'm Getting Over You.” The electronic whirring in the chorus just feels out of place, and although Jepsen tries her hardest to bring the power that is needed to carry a song like this, she just doesn't have the pipes to do it.

As another example of the odd production is “Curiosity.” As the other track from the EP that made it on to the album, the track is whirred and remixed to include a stereotypical buildup and quasi-bass drop, and Jepsen herself sounds alienated.

Perhaps the greatest weakness in the album, though, are the lyrics. If the title of “Heart Is A Muscle” was any indication of the pure cheese that is on this album, the song also contains the line “If I could turn this plane around / I'd fly to where you are right now / Write your name into the sky / Hope that it'll light up your eyes.” On “Beautiful,” featured guest Justin Bieber sings “What makes you so beautiful is you don't know how beautiful you are to me.” The lyrics are strangely worded, and they have an uncanny resemblance to “What Makes You Beautiful.”

It feels as if Jepsen opted for the easy way out by compiling the trends from this year and putting them onto one album, instead of actually drawing inspiration from “Call Me Maybe” to create more interesting, original tracks. While it will probably be serviceable for the charts/audience and gain Jepsen another couple of hits under her belt, there's nothing here that's as remarkable as it could be. Overall, Kiss just feels awkward and safe, even for teen pop.



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Dashnavar
September 17th 2012



63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It was out on the 14th in some countries and in stores tomorrow. Note that no one over the age of 14
should be buying this and I won't disclose the real reason why I listened to this

RunOfTheMill
September 17th 2012



1432 Comments


I got a girl's number today after just mneeting her. It was crazy.

Good review too

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2012



49971 Comments


damn they made this in like a week, must suck

Digging: Armchairpolitician - Seven Segment Decoder

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2012



15576 Comments


AOTY?

Digging: Trampled By Turtles - Wild Animals

Dashnavar
September 17th 2012



63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

AOTY?
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Yes definitely

evilford
September 17th 2012



22085 Comments


What's really creepy is that she's like 26

Digging: Afterlife - Surreality

Dashnavar
September 17th 2012



63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

still can't get over the tape she allegedly made

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 17th 2012



4854 Comments


"What really made “Call Me Maybe” so awesome was the fact that the song was literally the biggest breath of fresh air in a world of electronic production. I might even go as far as to say that no other pop song in the past two years has used strings as creatively as Jepsen did. The real question was, could she carry the success of “Call Me Maybe” over a whole album?"

She didn't even produce that song, it was that guy from MT. And to be frank, the violin usage is extremely characteristic of MT.

Funeralopolis
September 17th 2012



11155 Comments


Marianas trench rules, agreed.

Digging: Banks - London

Dashnavar
September 17th 2012



63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I've never actually been that big of a Josh Ramsay fan to be honest but so many of his band's songs Masterpiece Theatre era
are greattttt
and you're right he did produce it (will edit, thanks) but he also produced Gutar String/Wedding Ring which is easily one of the
worst
on the
album

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2012



23801 Comments


why would you listen to this?

Call Me Maybe is still the best pop song of the past decade, I swear.

Dashnavar
September 17th 2012



63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I was feeling really generous since all of the pop albums that are dropping this week (TSI, truth about love) were pretty
good
Also I reviewed the ep so I might as well have reviewed this one too haha

Dashnavar
September 17th 2012



63 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

In ten years it will be the rickroll I swear

Crymsonblaze
September 17th 2012



7479 Comments


Really, people like Call Me Maybe?

There's really nothing memorable about it.

Scoot
September 17th 2012



17714 Comments


bitches old

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2012



9033 Comments


Rush review

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2012



23801 Comments


yeah but andcas youre dead inside

Scoot
September 17th 2012



17714 Comments


noone cares noone listens screaming words that you fake hearing

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2012



23801 Comments


haha oh andcas youre silly

i know i just met you, and this is crazy, but..

nevermind.

cheer up grumpy, fuck.

Scoot
September 18th 2012



17714 Comments


hey i just met you
and this is crazy
but i hate females
so fuck off maybe



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