Carly Rae Jepsen
Emotion


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
August 23rd, 2015 | 1609 replies


Release Date: 08/21/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unabashedly sweet, but also savoury enough to be more than just a guilty pleasure.

To say that my expectations were low heading into Carly Rae Jepsen’s newest album is an immense understatement, just as it is to say that it blew away a good portion of the preconceptions I had about her. Remember, this is the girl that utterly dominated the airwaves in 2012 with “Call Me Maybe” – a sugary, if rather insubstantial piece of teen-pop that still managed to wriggle its way into my mind and have me unwittingly miming the chorus in my day-to-day activities. However, if most people who claimed to love that song – and, by extension, Jepsen herself – were pressed to name just one other track from her, they were quite likely going to say they had just received a text message and quickly dart to the Kiss tracklist on Wikipedia. This near-universal perception as a one-hit wonder was also responsible for my own ignorance, and so it’s safe to say I was a little dumbfounded when I found myself routinely coming back to E MO TION thinking “how the hell could I have been so wrong"”

E MO TION isn’t a stablemate of innovation, nor does it have an elaborate, all-encompassing concept; its allure stems from its consistency, with each and every track seamlessly passing the baton to the next without any significant dip in momentum. Yes, “I Really Like You” boasts an unusually juvenile vocal hook, as Jepsen simply belts out the song’s title with a particular emphasis on the word “really”, but the loveliness of the content that surrounds this little grievance is more than enough to compensate. If anything, the frivolous nature of that song’s chorus may be, in turn, more of a benefit to the album than a detriment. E MO TION doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not, it’s still a mainstream pop album, and this is still Carly Rae Jepsen – are you honestly going into this expecting Joanna Newsom" I hope not, for your sake. With that said, there are still moments where Jepsen does away with her infatuations, most notably on “LA Hallucinations”, in which she cheekily slates both TMZ and BuzzFeed for their invasive and shallow approach to pop culture “journalism”. For the most part however, E MO TION falls back on the strength of its bangers, and is it ever chock full of them.

“Run Away With Me” opens the album in as grand a fashion as dance-pop limitations will allow, and is one of the most infectious, happy-go-lucky songs you’re likely to hear this year. Stadium-reverbed synth lines and Jepsen’s soaring vocal melodies laced with the odd, percussive “hey!” possess the listener to dance and sing with all the giddiness of an inebriated high-school junior. Throughout the rest of the album, the listener is rendered powerless in their aversion to Jepsen’s charm, which will probably result in more than one embarrassingly enthusiastic performance while stuck at a set of traffic lights. Rest assured though, you’ll be having far too much fun to care. “Boy Problems” is one of many highlights, showcasing Jepsen’s syrupy voice in tandem with some deceptively elaborate instrumentation, reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”, albeit filtered through a 21st century lens. But the ‘80s panache really comes to the fore during the slower, more contemplative tracks like “Gimme Love”, “All That” and “Let’s Get Lost”, with breezy synthesisers, chimes and remarkably organic beats underpinning the arrangements. The inclusion of these little numbers adds a crucial element of stylistic diversity, and their upstanding quality ensures that E MO TION continues like a freight train until it reaches its intended destination.

I can’t speak for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “evolution” as an artist, given my near complete unfamiliarity with her work prior to this, but the resolute sublimeness of these dozen songs indicates to me that this is something she was always capable of. In short, E MO TION is no fluke. It doesn’t grip you by the heels but instead lures you into a full-bodied embrace that is iron-clad, it’s simply up to you to give it the chance to do so.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Jasdevi087
August 23rd 2015


4706 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You've got a / in the wrong place at the bottom of the first paragraph.



Don't know if I'll like this or not.

PlatonicMushroom
August 23rd 2015


728 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Faulty code at the end of the first paragraph, sweet otherwise

Jasdevi087
August 23rd 2015


4706 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Looks like I'm not the only one with slow internet lol.

deathschool
August 23rd 2015


21929 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes, Jac. This review is where it's at. You described the album as well as it could be done, I think.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2015


6447 Comments


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gr8 review. def got me pumped to give this a fair shake

EnyaFangirl
August 23rd 2015


1570 Comments


probably one of best pop albums within the last few years and will very likely be best pop 2015

wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2015


5783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guys, Guys.



LA Hallucinations

wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2015


5783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tbh, you could put almost any song from here in that comment and it'd still be right.

EnyaFangirl
August 23rd 2015


1570 Comments


Boy Problems is fucking so good. It's like the best 80's Madonna song that never was.


wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2015


5783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's got that killer bassline too

EnyaFangirl
August 23rd 2015


1570 Comments


Not sure if I'm feeling the lyrics to it or not though. Sometimes it's fun sometimes it's eh. I love the vaporwave sound though, basslines are all flawless.

deathschool
August 23rd 2015


21929 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh shit. Some used the v-word. No going back now.

EnyaFangirl
August 23rd 2015


1570 Comments


official

deathschool
August 23rd 2015


21929 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Tbh though, it's not a totally inaccurate description.

EnyaFangirl
August 23rd 2015


1570 Comments


show if you want me if i'm all that :-(

EnyaFangirl
August 23rd 2015


1570 Comments


lol

deathschool
August 23rd 2015


21929 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well, as Jac says in so many words in the review a lot of this sounds like 80s pop played through a modern lens. That's pretty much (on a base level) what vaporwave does as well. Vaporwave artists are just much more aggressively strange about it.

wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2015


5783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Carly Rae Jepsen confirmed vaporwave

EnyaFangirl
August 23rd 2015


1570 Comments


I could picture Carly Ray vocals over some "Macintosh Plus"

wtferrothorn
Contributing Reviewer
August 23rd 2015


5783 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Emotion (Saint Pepsi Remix)"



perfect



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