Carly Rae Jepsen
Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 02:10
Following her chart-topping pop single “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen debuted her full-length album Kiss.
“Call Me Maybe,” the chosen single, definitely encapsulates the mood of the rest of the album. Kiss is essentially just under an hour of upbeat, sprightly, feel-good, dancing music.
“This Kiss” is a rightful namesake track. It’s a punchy, high-frequency beat layered with a relatable love story. Like the widespread love-hate of “Call Me Maybe,” “This Kiss” follows suit.
“Turn Me Up,” a song about overcoming a back-and-forth relationship, marks a subtle, less teen-pop-star tone change midway through Kiss. The instrumentation in the track is more raw with less digital manipulation.
However, that tone change does not sustain throughout Kiss. Immediately following is “Hurt So Good,” a track detailing someone feeling underappreciated in a relationship.
Jepsen’s lively vocal sound is similar to that of other pop sensations like Taylor Swift with a hint of early 90s Christina Aguilera.
The most forthcoming downfall to Kiss is its repetitive nature. Each track tends to blend together. Kiss sounds as if the producer ran out of ideas for an electro-pop album.
There’s no contrast between the under belly of each melody. After about six songs in the synthesized melodies feel re-hashed and unoriginal.
Jepsen’s latest release reinforces the idea that she’s a one-hit wonder, but a one-hit wonder listeners can dance to.