WHERE: Interscope Records
WHERE: Interscope Records
Sometimes the best surprises come from unexpected sources. I’m not talking about people jumping out of you from a breadbin or something but people like Carly Rae Jepsen. Over the last year I’ve been using her as a joke in some reviews through referencing the track I Really Like You and over the last week I’ve become a changed man. I want to apologise to Miss Jepsen and hope she will forgive me. If you haven’t checked out the article I wrote about her on fellow music site And Antarctica then I suggest you probably should do so.
Carly Rae Jepsen has become a huge name in the music industry thanks to two of her songs becoming some of the biggest pop hits of the century. Call Me Maybe and I Really Like You have taken everything by storm and while they have soured the opinions of most music fans, they are two very sweet pop songs that offer simple hooks that can stand the test of time. The latter song is Carly’s latest method of pop industry dominance and it comes from her newest album Emotion. Also known as E-MO-TION, which I’m a little bit in love with.
The track opens up with Run Away With Me, which gets things going with a saxophone riff that soon makes way for some more traditional pop sounds. Airy beats and light synthesisers eventually build up the track against Carly’s vocals before finally bursting into a powerful cloud of goodness. It’s fairly everyday pop tune through and through but it does showcase some nods to the sounds of the 80’s as the likes of Wham and Culture Club shine through this opening track, making it a pretty good way to kick off the record.
Fortunately this journey through the 80’s lasts throughout Emotion which makes the aforementioned surprise arise. The title track pulls off some wonderful off-kilter guitar chords against a pretty eclectic drum beat which has left me breathless. Almost as breathless as Carly’s vocals on the track Gimme Love which despite using the simplest of hooks for the chorus does come off as being absolutely precious.
All That strolls into the airwaves with an instrumental that gets me feeling a little hot under the collar. Spacious synths and echo’d piano chords swell amongst an appearance from some slap bass (awesome) and a slow paced drum beat which sets up Carly’s vocals nicely. This is a very nicely crafted song full of everything that makes a love song a good love song, and it’s a little bit sexy too. Goddamn.
This is then followed with a two song showdown that brings the peak of the album’s poppiness. Boy Problems and Making The Most Of The Night are two fantastic pop songs that offer more of the layered instrumentals (and slap bass!) that have graced the album thus far. The hooks are once again simple but they work so darn well here, awesome stuff.
Unfortunately the closing half of Emotion does begin to fall a little flat but overall what a bloody nice surprise that was. Carly Rae Jepsen has brought out a new Jepsenite in me as Emotion is full of excellent pop songs. Nice work CRJ, keep it up. For more music reviews, interviews and nice surprises check out Exploding Head Syndrome on Facebook and Twitter.