Carly Rae Jepsen takes over TODAY plaza for summer concert series

The artist: You may recall attending a party, any party, in the year 2012 and dancing and singing along to the infectious hit of the year, Call Me Maybe.


“There was something about (Lauper’s) songs that felt really timeless to me, and I found myself loving the stories inside them”, Jepsen says. The trick is to not believe that yourself. Most of what Emotion does through its nuance is beam with declarations of one’s own worthiness, while being self-aware enough to know when things are not ideal. Maybe not necessarily say ‘no, ‘ but, ‘Hey, we’re going to do this shoot, this is what I’m seeing for it, how do you feel?’ The album’s other Sia credit, the superb “Making the Most of the Night“, is an fantastic whirling roller-rink disco jam that again benefits from Carly’s spot-on vocals and a maximalist chorus. A major selling point of the song – and indeed, the rest of the album – are Jepsen’s awesome vocals, which are sweet, confident and are never overwhelmed by the arena-sized musical accompaniment whirling around them. “Part of why I took so long with this album was seriously taking time to change my thinking, so it wasn’t about proving anything”.

After attempting to record her follow-up in Los Angeles, she wanted go in a different direction. Since it’s release, it’s already received its share of rave reviews, as previously reported via the Inquisitr.

Yet with her new album, “Emotion”, which came out Friday, Jepsen is trying cleverly to sidestep that path: It’s a smart set of hipster-artisanal pop songs full of gently grown-up lyrics and the retro ’80s textures in vogue right now among acts as diverse as Haim, Disclosure and the Weeknd.

Having previously charmed us with her ethereal first single Ar Kart [Air], rising bedroom musician Yanin continues to impress with Massachusetts Nood [Human].

“Bluntly speaking, we don’t know anything about Carly Rae Jepsen”. She previously confessed that she doesn’t like to be recognized in public.

When she’s not busy fervently chasing after boys, Jepsen gives us a glimpse of emotional depth on All That and Warm Blood produced by Hynes and Batmanglij respectively.

It slips the word “really” 67 times into “I Really Like You” without spoiling the guilty pleasure of the single.

“Jepsen is perceived as out of synch with the aspirational meme-ability of Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift”.


Watch Carly Rae Jepsen’s video for her latest single, “Run Away With Me”, below, and order her newest album, E·MO·TION, on iTunes. It’s an album that believes deeply in sharing all that you’re feeling in the moment, in giving voice to the momentary infatuation which so often goes unexpressed but is no less real.

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