Standing out in the world of pop music is almost impossible today. Canada’s Carly Rae Jepsen had a massive hit with her track “Call Me Maybe” and for many that was where things ended. However, we caught Jepsen in person opening for Katy Perry, and we were pretty blown away with Jepsen’s energy. On her new album Dedicated, Jepsen proves she more than just a pop star who scored a huge hit, she’s an artist who can still give you plenty of tracks that you’ll take beyond your headphones.
While Jepsen gets things going with “Julien,” complete with its R&B touched beats, her vocals really shimmer in the verse, pulling you in with each note with nuanced pieces that feel like a seventies disco jam. She follows it with the slow build of “No Drug Like Me” where the soft touches from her vocals and the incomparable build of the track hold your ears until the beat drops and the song becomes a sexy slow jam you can’t help but love.
That’s pretty much where this record sits, with Jepsen taking your ears on a journey that feels like a pop masterclass. “Want You In My Room” feels like a teen pop anthem, “Happy Not Knowing” has the graces of a Summertime banger and “Feels Right (feat. Electric Guest)” gives you all of the pop set pieces you’d need to fill your heart with catchy goodness.
But it’s in the in-between where Carly Rae Jepsen shines the brightest. “The Sound” is slow and captures her soft voice with plenty of pop variation, but it’s not typical by any means. “Right Words Wrong Time” isn’t snappy by any means, yet it definitely doesn’t hit you without leaving its mark. Jepsen finds a way to hold your attention before the beat drops and when she does this, you definitely wait for that payoff. The biggest standout of the album is easily “Real Love” where Jepsen takes the elements of the slow jam, the build up and the ultimate pop banger and combines them to create a song that has everything you want and you’ve come to expect from heavily produced pop music. If this is Jepsen’s way of showing us her dedication, then she’s definitely in this for the long haul.
Dedicated is available to stream wherever you stream music, it can be purchased in all online music outlets or you can purchase physical copies directly from Schoolboy/Interscope Records. Carly Rae Jepsen will bring the album to life on tour beginning May 23 at Grona Lund in Ostermalm, Sweden until August 11 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA. A complete list of her upcoming appearances can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Markus and Koala.