by Brandon Enyeart
I have to tell you, when I first interviewed Carly Rae Jepsen, litereally days before “Call Me Maybe” become a cultural phenomenon, I had no clue where her career was headed. Although Kiss wasn’t technically her “debut” album, it may as well have been when it came to her receiving international fame. Kiss however was in almost every way tailored to a young audience and although Jepsen was in her mid-late twenties when she released it, her very youthful appearance could have fooled anyone. At the end of the day, regardless of the fame that “Call Me Maybe” brought Jepsen, if you weren’t a tween or a teen, chances are, you probably didn’t listen to Kiss a whole lot.
The online age we live in seems to make it harder for albums to gain much traction, so I am sure a good portion of you may have heard Jepsen’s latest single “I Really Like You” and might have even watched the video for it that has gone viral featuring Tom Hanks. If you are like me though, you might not have known that she also just released what could rival Taylor Swift’s 1989 as one of the best pop albums we have heard in a long time.
Don’t let the first single fool you, Emotion is completely different from Kiss in so many ways and that is a really good thing. Not that I am bashing on Kiss, I am just speaking from the point of view of an almost 30 year old. I have no idea where this album came from, but it is absolutely fantastic! It feels like Jepsen is finally doing what she’s always wanted to do, and her music has matured a decade over the course of a couple years. Whether it’s the 80’s inspired beats or the old school R&B sounds that come through on tracks like “All That”, I mean….this album is seriously good.
Listening to Emotion, the thoughts going through my head ranged from “definitely listening to this on repeat” to “damn, I think this might be some of the best stuff I’ve heard since the Britney/Xtina glory days”, so without sounding like a broken record, listen to Emotion. I don’t know if I have ever been so shocked by an album as I was this one. Congratulations Ms. Jepsen!
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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