The Injustice That Is Carly Rae Jepsen’s E•MO•TION

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This week in class, we were going through a quote by Peter Thiel.

“Tell me something that’s true that no one agrees with you on?”

Although I think Peter Thiel is a disgusting person (to put it nicely), it is a very interesting question nonetheless. And though I suppose there’s supposed to be a serious, well thought out relevant answer to politics or some commentary on today’s society to that question, the first thing that came to mind was Carly Rae Jepsen – specifically, her music.

We all know her, the resident one-hit wonder of Mission, B.C. Her song, Call Me Maybe blew up and she was never heard of again. Most people would agree that she was just a one-hit pop wonder and with that assumption – also agree that her music probably isn’t very good.

That’s where everyone is wrong.

Carly Rae Jepsen is an extremely talented musician who produces well thought out, well-produced music. Call Me Maybe, although having an infamous reputation for simply being played so much, is a clear example of that – a quality pop song with good production, a catchy beat, clever lyrics. Her debut album “Kiss” which included Call Me Maybe is full of quality songs. But that’s not what I want to discuss today. Today I want to talk about her third studio album, “Emotion” (stylized as E•MO•TION).

carly rae jepsen, emotion, album cover

(Here is a link to the album on Spotify.)

Emotion was released in 2015 with the lead single “I Really Like You” (which you may have heard on the radio), followed by “Run Away with Me” and “Your Type” (which you most likely have not heard on the radio), with songs written on themes of heartbreak and love, and a vibe reminiscent of 80’s pop/synth.

Although extremely well received by critics and reviewers, Emotion did not do well commercially, something which is a shame because I wholeheartedly believe this was the best pop album of 2015 (sorry-not-sorry Taylor Swift).

Every single song on this album is an amazing song. Like, if you close your eyes and spin a wheel with every different section of the wheel being a different song on Emotion, it’s going to be a good song. Although the content Jepsen delves into isn’t particularly diverse – all of the songs deal with the subject of love or heartbreak – it just means it’s an even better album to listen to when you want to wallow in your own feelings.

I would honestly say every single song on this album is a favourite but here are some songs I would recommend to any listener!


2. Your Type

3. Making the Most Of The Night

4. Warm Blood

5. LA Hallucinations

Thank you for reading!

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