Review: Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen

Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen“Call Me Maybe” was such a massive hit that, inevitably, people would be interested in what Carly Rae Jepsen has to offer next. Emotion, her follow-up, goes either way, depending on what your mindset is. It is a fun album, and that’s apart from the similarly wriggly single “I Really Like You” – the whole thing’s frothy, light and easy to digest. Carly Rae, alongside her team of writers and producers running the gamut from the usual suspects (Greg Kurstin, Shellback, Sia) to unexpected ones (Vampire Weekend‘s Rostam Batmanglij), mine that reliable mountain that is 80s music, with lots of glitter and shimmer that would please everyone. But Emotion ultimately feels empty, especially by the end, when it’s exhausted every bit of glitter it can mine from that mountain. It feels like it’s running on fumes, but “When I Needed You”, the album’s closer, is a properly cheesy anthem, and actually a good way to close the album. So, yeah, maybe this is a record where you turn your brain off for a minute and just drown in it. I find that hard to do, even in a pop album. [NB]3/5

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