For those of you familiar with the infectious “Call Me Maybe,” a song that basically swept the summer of 2012 off its feet, it’s with little surprise that Jepsen’s follow-up album is a pop music delight. Her current tour promoting her new album has also been wistfully refreshing.
Exhibit A: Jepsen’s live performance of “I Really Like You,” the lead single off of E•MO•TION, on SNL in April 2015 is perfectly sweet, as was her music video for the single starring Tom Hanks, and featuring a cameo by Justin Bieber (the latter of whom has been her biggest cheerleader in the biz, which bodes extremely for Jepsen given his global fan base made up of millions).
Exhibit B: Same goes for her performance of “All That.” It’s the “last call for a slow dance with your high school sweetheart” kind of song and essentially, all the feels. “All That” has definitely cemented spot for itself on any kind of Best Ballads or Best Slow Dance Songs list.
Up until today, Jepsen has quietly been releasing a jungle of tracks from the album on Youtube. And while her sound is pretty bubble gum poppy, it’s also got an unexpectedly cool edge to it (e.g. “All That,” see above, was written and produced in part by the ever-suave Dev Hynes of Blood Orange, who’s also written for artists like Florence + the Machine and Solange).
Vulture asserts sagely that E•MO•TION not only embraces tunes reminiscent of beloved ’80s hits, but does so even better than Taylor Swift‘s 1989. And in an era where Swift dominates the scene by slamming music streaming services, bringing famous people (like models, athletes, anyone but Katy Perry, et cetera) on stage to show off to her fans with gusto, and also parading said famous people around in her music videos (i.e. “Bad Blood”), it’s refreshing for someone to release a pop album without any of the thirsty fanfare, and instead simply just the melodics.
Kudos, Carly Rae Jepsen. We really like you.