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Review: Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss [Album]

Review: Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss [Album]

Interscope// 'Carly Rae Jepsen is probably the one artist you hate to love!'

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Last Edited by: Ffion Davies September 21st, 2012.

In my house, whenever ‘Call Me Maybe’ comes on the television or radio, my one-year-old immediately drops everything she is doing, sits on the floor and shuffles up and down on her bottom, as though performing some sort of religious ritual. It’s not surprising. In fact, Carly Rae Jepsen may well have a valid audience in young children because one word that does come up when describing her music is ‘childish.’

No, I’m not saying it is immature or poorly thought out but the repetitive musical chords, the cheery, happy-go-lucky vocals and bubblegum pop of all her songs really do appeal to children who simply want a happy rhythm to sit on their backsides and shuffle to and fro to.

WATCH // 'Call Me Maybe'


It is no surprise that she was previously signed to Justin Bieber’s School Boy Records label for her music does have that Disney aspect to it. All her songs tell fairytale stories, all her vocals are sung with such innocence and she never really seems to get down or depressed in any way shape or form. Much like Justin Bieber will always be followed around by a barely-legal contingent of start-struck little girls, Carly Rae Jepsen will probably always be the artist my one-year-old shuffles her bottom to. However, where Justin Bieber is an artist you just love to hate, Carly Rae Jepsen is probably the one artist you hate to love!

We already know that Carly is here to say. The tag of 'one-hit wonder’ was easily shrugged off with the success of ‘Good Time,’ another radio friendly dose of happy-go-lucky bubblegum pop. Unsurprisingly, ‘Kiss’ continues the delightful standard she has set herself with even more effervescent pop that helps you take a positive slant on almost everything!

What’s more, as the aforementioned ‘Good Time’ proves is that Carly Rae Jepsen has more friends than just Justin Bieber. In fact, the likes of Max Martin and Toby Gad help her out on this album and she collaborates with none other than Owl City on ‘Good Time’ itself. This track picks up from the cheeriness of ‘Call Me Maybe’ with what has quickly become a hallmark for Carly – the upbeat, echoing catchy chorus notes. ‘Oooh, ooh, ooh’ this one goes and what is lacking in lyrical value is quickly made up for in of catchiness.

WATCH // 'Good Times'


What may well disillusion the child generation that Carly has unwittingly picked up is the theme of ‘Turn Me Up’ and ‘Tonight I’m Getting Over You.’ Both songs are all about hitting the town in order to get over a broken heart. I’m not sure my one-year-old can relate but then I’m not sure she cares for her bottom would still be shuffling about such is the innocence and sugar-coated pleasantness of the music and the track’s overall chirpy style.

Title track ‘The Kiss’ does offer a little more substance. Co-written with LMFAO’s brilliant Redfoo (see – I told you she had lots of mates!) ‘The Kiss’ opens with what is almost a typical seventies disco beat. Carly cites La Roux as one of her influences and the electro-feel definitely comes across in this track. And what is the entire song built around? Why, a catchy, stuck-in-you-head forever chorus of course! ‘This kiss is something I can’t resist/This kiss is something I can’t risk’ she delicately sings, in line with some flashy, jumpy electro tones. It is a really upbeat song and one that I’m sure would get the seal of approval from my one-year-old (because that is clearly the standard here!)

LISTEN // 'This Kiss'


It is surprisingly how little Carly Rae Jepsen’s happy, cheery music actually does irritate as you go through her album, toe-tapping to every track. ‘Beautiful’ though, threatens to interrupt our little love affair. What could be worse than a slushy, cheesy duet between two of the nicest people in music, Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber? Very little, I hear you answer! Actually, you are wrong! As dirty as it makes me feel, I cannot help but admit that ‘Beautiful’ is just that – a beautiful melody sung by two people whose voices actually go quite well together. Throughout this track the two strip back their vocals to a less-is-more approach to production. It should’nt work, but it does!

The entire album shouldn't work, but it does! It certainly shouldn’t be this damn enjoyable but it is! How good is it really? Well, let’s just say that there is now more than just my one-year-old sitting on the floor and bum shuffling to Carly Rae Jepsen!

Carly Rae Jepsen's Kiss is out now

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