Carly Rae Jepsen
Tug of War


4.5
superb

Review

by tmagistrelli USER (18 Reviews)
December 29th, 2012 | 73 replies | 5,366 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Before she was our call girl. She was a musician. "Tug of War" is an explosive cocktail of indie/pop/R&B/country that is as beautiful as it is an ear hook.

7 of 8 thought this review was well written

Unfortunately change is inevitable sometimes. Very often in the music industry one must change to venture on what is going to bring more success rather than doing what they desire to do. Carly Rae Jepsen released her international breakthrough album Kiss in mid-2012. The album featured the hit of the year with "Call Me Maybe" and the summer jam "Good Time (ft. Owl City)". I picked up the album myself out of my own curiosity. After listening in full I couldn't help but think that the effort was spotty at best. However I did pick up from the release that it is very apparent she is a talented artist. So, again out of my own bewildering curiosity, I then went on to pick up her debut release "Tug Of War." What many people do not know about Carly Rae, was that she finished 3rd on the Canadian reality show "Canadian Idol" in 2007. After her success on the show she was signed to a small record deal and released a full length release in 2008 showcasing her taste for tasteful pop rock. Contrary to her most recent release the album is filled with varied instrumentation, contemporary rhythm sections, great lyrics and a lingering sense of maturity different from her release 4 years later. The album is a pure delight.

The album starts out with the strongly R&B influenced ""Bucket" which is a fanastic listen. The song is laced with an island style beat that makes you take full notice of what you are listening to. The lyrics in this song are much more carefree than other tracks on the album, however listening to this track you cannot help but have a grin provoked. The following track is the titular track "Tug of War." The track is a pop song filled with an indie presence. This entry is the strongest which is about a young woman struggling to trust her potential mate. Which really makes you wonder where this mature side of Carly has gone. "Don't go out with the boys tonight, I won't sleep a wink, wonderin' what you're doin'. Don't go out with the girls tonight, I will turn to drink, wonderin' who you're screwin'" This track really showcases how great the release is going to be, because from there it stays consistent throughout. The next tracks "Money and the Ego" and "Tell Me" stays on the same side of the dime with a very catchy, and a very lovable indie hook. You notice during the first four tracks that her vocals leave nothing to be desired, and your ears are hooked to this catchy indie pop style.

Different styles are touched upon as well. "Sweet Talker" delves into an experimental brand of slow jazz. This is her strongest vocal performance on the LP with her showcasing her wide vocal range with a nice contemporary jazz beat. "Heavy Lifting" is a strong country pop track with a nice organ line throughout all the verses of the song. The song sounds like something Taylor Swift would look at in awe.

The album has hardly any shortcomings. The only thing that can be pointed out is that every track seems to not take any chances. You would like to see her maybe experiment with more instruments and with different styles. However if it isn't broke there is no reason to fix it, right?

Before she was our call girl. She was a musician. Her debut release "Tug of War" is an explosive cocktail of indie/pop/R&B/country that is as beautiful as it is a pure ear hook. I can not remember the last time I listened to something with this much joy, and this much awe. It's a shame that we had to lose it all. The important thing to remember though is that talent doesn't disappear. Maybe we can expect more brilliance from Carly Rae Jepsen in the future.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheSilentObserver
December 29th 2012



83 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Love this album.

tmagistrelli
December 29th 2012



714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

right! i am so surprised no one has ever reviewed this one.

Rastapunk
December 29th 2012



715 Comments


The review is good so have a pos although I don't like the artist . She's pretty though

tmagistrelli
December 29th 2012



714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i also see you don't have a review of the album. check out "bucket" you'll be in the very least, impressed.

MikeC26
December 29th 2012



3139 Comments


i saw her singing with Buble on some type of christmas special the other night. i had no idea she was so talented.

SeaAnemone
December 29th 2012



19682 Comments


but is this Call Me Maybe-status? that's all we want to know.

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tmagistrelli
December 29th 2012



714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not even comparable. The jump from this to call me maybe is something that can't be explained. It makes no sense.

taylormemer
December 29th 2012



4913 Comments


Can't be explained you say

tmagistrelli
December 29th 2012



714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can you explain how someone goes from this to teen pop? Hah

TooLateToGoBack
December 29th 2012



1749 Comments


Well, I'm officially curious. Will check this out later.

Douglas
December 29th 2012



9052 Comments


Bucket could be the worst song I have ever heard

TheSilentObserver
December 29th 2012



83 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDOOEdDI2aQ quick save ^

Douglas
December 29th 2012



9052 Comments


Dear Layla

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
December 29th 2012



23798 Comments


this chick has more than one song? oh, good for her!

MO
December 29th 2012



18199 Comments


the grin has been provoked

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RosaParks
December 29th 2012



14592 Comments


title track is so catchy gat dam

RosaParks
December 29th 2012



14592 Comments


cute white girl music

Douglas
December 29th 2012



9052 Comments


Maybe people still call her lawl imma hilarious

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
December 29th 2012



3323 Comments


I haven't listened to her albums, only her current singles. I really like her, she's really sweet. If this is that good, I'll give it a spin. Good review man, pos.

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theacademy
December 29th 2012



28232 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck it i;kk fiev it



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