Carly Rae Jepsen - E.mo.tion - 2015 Canada Pop Synth Dance Rock LP
Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion
Label: 604 Records, School Boy Records B0023882-01, Interscope Records B0023882-01,
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
has lyric inner sleeve
Released: 23 Oct 2015
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Dance-pop, Synth-pop
A1 Run Away With Me
A3 I Really Like You
A4 Gimmie Love
A5 All That
A6 Boy Problems
B1 Making The Most Of The Night
B2 Your Type
B3 Let's Get Lost
B4 LA Hallucinations
B5 Warm Blood
B6 When I Needed You
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Emotion" is one of the best pop albums by a female artist in a long time. Jepsen has stated that she wrote over 100 songs for this album because she wanted it to be perfect, and she also stated that one of her main inspirations for this album were 80's pop icons such as Cyndi Lauper and Kylie Minogue. And yes, the first single (I Really Like You) is as simple as it gets, it's also as catchy as it gets, and that catchy vibe sets the tone for the whole album.
"Run Away with Me" is a near perfect song to start the album. Imagine Cyndi Lauper and Bleachers collaborating on a song. The second track, "E-Mo-Tion," could have been a track from Janet Jackson's "Control" or "Rhythm Nation." "Gimme Love" sounds like an improved version of Donna Lewis's "I Love you Always Forever."
The pop bliss doesn't stop there. "All That" could be a cousin to Lauper's "True Colors." Two more songs, "Your Type" and "Making the Most of the Night" are just delightful.
"Emotion" captures the mood of an era of great pop music...the mid to late 80's, in which Paula Abdul and Taylor Dayne ruled the charts. The music smiles, it is vibrant and catchy. Taylor Swift's "1989" features guest rappers and cliche modern day lyrics; it's way more 2014 than it is 1989. "Emotion" gets it right, and it is one of the best pop albums to come out in a long time.
There is nothing delicate about the LA stop of Jepsen's Gimmie Love Tour, which brings to life the '80s driving pop of last year's criminally under-selling album E.MO.TION. She pummels the 1,200-strong crowd of hardcore CRJ fans relentlessly with would-be #1 hit after potential global anthem, like she's playing to a stadium-sized audience. If there were any justice in the world, she would be playing stadiums, such was the unanimous critical acclaim that met the release of E.MO.TION last August. The album didn't achieve the lift-off commercially that each of the choruses on its 12 heart-possessing tracks did sonically. Notably, it wasn't acknowledged at the Grammys two weeks ago, either. Not that this puts a damper upon Jepsen's impervious spirits. As she says tonight while introducing 'LA Hallucinations', she's finally bought some bricks in her adopted hometown of LA here, and she's having the time of her life performing to adoring audiences who don't need convincing that E.MO.TION was potentially the best pop album of the past few years. Jepsen owns her confidence in a manner you or I might were we playing a fantasy videogame where we get to be Pat Benatar onstage for the night.
Opening with "Run Away With Me" and that undeniable lyric "baby, take me to the feeling!", Jepsen's show promises to live inside Steve Perry's vocals on "Don't Stop Believin'" for the rest of the evening. What Jepsen lacks in height, she more than makes up for in air-punching, lofty sentiments as she jumps about in a velvet nightie, flexing her sinewy muscles, pointing at members of the crowd, singing words of positivity in their faces, promising "Here I come to hijack you!" ("Making The Most Of The Night"), which they willingly go along with. On the album's title track, she seeks saccharine glorious retribution for a relationship that didn't work out - I feel it! she repeats. During 'Warm Blood' a co-write with ex-Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanjlig that sounds like a summer-y Chvrches