I say Carly Rae Jepsen and you probably instantly think “Call Me Maybe,” right? Her hit song that propelled her into stardom in 2012 was nominated for two Grammys, spent 50 weeks on the Billboard charts and basically was played anywhere and everywhere and even sparked this generation’s viral video music challenges similar to ones with ‘Black Beatles’ by Rae Sremmund.
Now, forget Call Me Maybe. It was catchy, super famous, and still well-known, but it’s 2017 so forget it.
Let’s talk about current Carly.
So, when I heard the Canadian songstress was releasing her third album I honestly didn’t care much, but I was aware because of her music video “I Really Like You” came out featuring Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber. I did hear that particular song and was not moved because it sounded Call Me Maybe-esque which I was well over, so I was like ‘eh’ and didn’t much attention after. Carly Rae Jepsen’s third studio album E•MO•TION was released August 21, 2015.
About April or May of 2016 I had seen something on Tumblr or Twitter about how good Carly’s album was and again I had heard “I Really Like You” so I was like…are y’all sure? After seeing the talk circulating about the album from Tumblr and the music part of Twitter I thought, “Why not?”
First of all, whoever on Carly’s team thought making “I Really Like You” the debut single is just…do better.
Let me just flat out say Carly Rae’s E•MO•TION is amazing. It’s an honest-to-god underrated pop gem. Carly enlisted the help of artists like Sia and Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange and together they created a synth-pop masterpiece. The album is really a mix of 1980s synth-pop, alternative, funk, and dance. The songs have a bass and rhythm that makes you wanna dance or bop your head along which I loved. With the album being called E•MO•TION it does discuss everything we all feel—happiness, sadness, loneliness, and love. I like the album cause it’s not what a lot of the other pop artists are doing and it manages to light a fire under you.
Carly garnered a sort of cult following with this album and even released an “E•MO•TION: SIDE B” with all the songs that were cut from the original production. I felt bad for marking off her album before even listening when her album is still one of my favorites.
Not to be dramatic, but she’s the pop star we need is of course because I loved her album, but her music is refreshing; even while dabbling in past joints she makes her songs sound new and electrifying. She has been doing some side projects with artists like Bleachers, Blood Orange, and Charli XCX, and which I’m extremely excited about as I would to see what she has in store for us in the future. If you’re into pop—and even you’re not—give her albums E•MO•TION and E•MO•TION: Side B a listen!
Carly’s song “Boy Problems” even has a spectacular video directed by the amazing Petra Collins.