Curiosity (2012) – Carly Rae Jepsen: Catchy at its Finest
So, there’s this new girl in town. Her name’s Carly Rae Jepsen. She’s Canadian, and she just joined Justin Bieber’s new label…WAIT! COME BACK! I was kidding!
Ok, I wasn’t kidding. She’s really working with Justin Bieber. But don’t let that detract you from her latest album, Curiosity (released 2/14/12…cute, right?). It is not Bieber-influenced. And it is seriously awesome.
Curiosity is actually an EP (extended play, basically not long enough to really call it an album), and comes with six fun-filled tracks:
Call Me Maybe
Just a Step Away
Both Sides Now
Talk To Me
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So why do I like this album? It’s light, it’s fun, and it’s catchy. Songs like Call Me Maybe (the leadoff single) and Just a Step Away are simple affairs: it’s just a girl, some violins, maybe some small drum beats here and there, and yet – these are songs that’ll be stuck in your head for days. Picture and Curiosity throw some electro-pop into the mix, but fortunately never outshine Carly Rae’s pleasant vocals. Rounding out the EP are Both Sides Now (a cover of an oldschool Joni Mitchell song) and Talk To Me, a song that probably gets my vote for worst song of the bunch (which, honestly, is not that bad, considering how good everything else is). This is an album to be blasted in your car in the middle of summer.
Highly recommended if you like strategically placed violins. Or if you appreciate good catchy female pop.
(And when you’re done listening to Call Me Maybe for the 584th time, be sure to grab Carly Rae Jepsen’s first album, Tug of War (2008). It’s slower, maybe not quite as catchy, but it’s certainly more acoustic. Unfortunately, no violins.)