Carly SLAY Jepsen

The Gimme Love Tour Gives All The E•MO•TION

Guilty Pleasure | Juliann Phan | April 4, 2016

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I was standing in line for about 2 hours among moms with their daughters, couples on dates, and best friends huddled together in the cold, wintry mix at Baltimore Soundstage. It never ceases to amaze me the crowd concerts invite and the dedication fans bring.

There was one reason we were all here: Carly Rae Jepsen or as fans have coined her, Carly SLAY Jepsen.

Carly Rae Jepsen performing “Making the Most of the Night” at the Baltimore Soundstage on 03/20/2016.

If all you equate Carly Rae Jepsen to is her 2012’s overplayed radio hit every sorority was blasting, “Call Me Maybe,” please acquaint yourself to her new 2015 album E•MO•TION.

The album gives a more synth pop meets ’80s dance floor sound compared to her last album “Kiss”. It is easily one of the best pop albums I’ve heard because of how new each track sounds every time, how honest she is on the album, and the intimacy we are invited to with each track that has rhythmic energy you can’t help but dance in your car to in traffic.

There are definite heartbreak songs like, “Your Type” or “When I Needed You.” She admitted at the show she wrote “Your Type” regarding her ex who quickly got over their relationship. The love songs like “Run Away With Me” and “All That” pull from her experiences we all encounter with falling hard for someone. Also, if you’ve seen any of the memes or vines going around about her song “Run Away With Me” you know how catchy the saxophone riff is.

At the show practically every person was mouthing or screaming or crying to the lyrics. While the show was rather packed, it wasn’t quite sold out. The repetitive question fans kept asking at the venue was, “Why don’t people know about E•MO•TION?” “Why won’t people buy this album?”

“People are shy to admit they like FUN music that young kids or teenagers enjoy too.”

“My thoughts are are this:

  1. People don’t listen to albums–only the singles
  2. No one cares about pop music.
  3. People are shy to admit they like FUN music that young kids or teenagers enjoy too.

My advice is this, listen to the full length studio album before you rule out an artist because of what is overplayed on the radio. Carly reportedly wrote over 200 songs for E•MO•TION, but only 15 tracks made it on the deluxe version.

Further, Carly has mentioned that she didn’t want to let go of those songs and is anticipating to do an E•MO•TION 2.0 that could include some of the tracks that didn’t make the cut. A committed artist never scraps anything they know came from a good place, Carly is doing just that with E•MO•TION.

Give the album an honest listen and if you don’t like it, don’t call me–not even a maybe.