I had to get that out of the way before I really delved into this thing. If prior to reading this you hadn’t listened to Carly Rae Jepsen’s groundbreaking album Emotion I don’t blame you. This baby flew so far under the radar that it didn’t even get the Grammy nomination it rightfully deserved.
You know Carly Rae from “Call Me Maybe” fame and if you don’t, I’m not sure where you managed to hide during the entire year of 2012. Emotion was released on June 24, 2015 and is Carly’s follow up album to Kiss. I am about to make an analogy because that is the only way I can attempt to compare the two albums. Kiss is to Emotion as a ripple is to a tsunami.
Emotion is the ultimate 80s call back album. Each song flows perfectly into the next all the while keeping the insanely catchy melodies that Carly Rae does best. It is rumored that Emotion was playing when God herself created the earth. The flowers bloomed and the trees grew and the sun shone down from the sky all as the opening horns of “Run Away with Me” began to play. Now let’s walk through the entire album. Follow along with the playlist at the very bottom and make sure you are wearing something with at least 70% spandex because I guarantee your body will start to move and groove as soon as you hit play.
- Run Away with Me – The album starts out with horns that basically sound like a call to God herself. As soon as the first few bars hit you know, you just KNOW that this song is going to fulfill your deepest desires and resuscitate you from the nocturnal state you have been living in for the past few years while in this dry spell of power pop. This song is water. This song is air. This song is how I came out of the womb. (NOTE: this song is also the founder of the infamous Run Away with Meme meme. HIT THOSE HORNS Y’ALL.)
- Emotion – This song is the definition of a bop. It makes me feel like I can open a door, step out into a field of flowers and frolic around while screaming “FAAAANTASYYYYY DREAM ABOUT MEEEEEE.” Because THIS EMOTION is so strong and so real and so RIGHT. It is also worth mentioning that the bridge to this song feels like one of the Hemsworth brothers really did turn all the lights right down as they are slinking toward you about to make all of your wildest dreams come true. YAS YAS YAS.
- I Really Like You – This is the sequel to “Call Me Maybe.” After that beautiful boy finally called you and you’ve been hanging out for a few weeks but you haven’t DTR’ed yet this is what you would play out of a boom box (aka your iPhone 6) while you stood outside of his house (aka a shitty apartment building) on a lawn mower (aka a pair of heelys). GET. YOUR. MAN.
- Gimmie Love – We are truly blessed to have “Gimmie Love” as a song that exists in the world that we live in. The opening sounds like the gates of heaven are opening and Carly Rae is dressed in all glitter with the most bad ass cat eyeliner. She is welcoming you in through the gates and then the angels appear. They are all harmonizing the “GIMMIE LOVE GIMMIE LOVE GIMMIE LOVE GIMMIE LOVE” in the chorus. You bask in the glow. Carly embraces you. You are home.
- All That – This is the song that should have played at every single 80s prom. It is PERFECTION in a slow jam. You would be slow dancing with your honey, your giant puff sleeves nearly hitting them in the face while your side pony swayed softly in the breeze as you laid your head on their shoulder and tried to not get your hot pink lipstick on their shirt.
- Boy Problems – If you have ever been in my presence when this song came on then you know that my body gets taken over by a higher being and I lose all control. ALL. CONTROL. This is honestly one of my favorite songs of all time. The track, the melodies, the lyrics, it is all perfect. Put this on when you’re needing an intense girl gang night and scream the lyrics “THINK I BROKE UP WITH MY BOYFRIEND TODAY AND I DON’T REALLY CARE. I’VE GOT WORSE PROBLEMS.” 10/10 you will feel like an all powerful holy deity who is capable of burning down the entire planet.
- Making the Most of the Night – After you’re done burning everything to the ground, put on MTMOTN and dance on the ashes. This song just begs you to flail your limbs in every direction possible. I don’t remember the last time (if ever) that I’ve heard the word “hijack” in a pop song but that’s exactly what MTMOTN does to my body. It is hijacked by Carly Rae and tbh I’m completely fine with it.
- Your Type – YT is one of the saddest songs on the album but still manages to be an upbeat bop. Carly is essentially singing about knowing she’s not the chosen one but still WANTS to be the chosen one because she can’t get you out of her head and she would break ALL THE RULES for you even if it broke her heart. Tell me where else you would find that kind of loyalty? No where except right here in Emotion. NO. WHERE.
- Let’s Get Lost – LGL sounds like actual fairies lent their magic to the song. It is so light and airy and lovely sounding. The perfect setting to listen to this is driving down PCH with all the windows rolled down and it’s about 76 degrees outside and there is no traffic and you’re headed north with lots of snacks in the car and wearing the most comfortable romper ever made and by God’s grace you never have to pee. Perfect setting, perfect song.
- LA Hallucinations – This song makes me feel like I could be Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. I just want to put on a shit ton of silver eyeshadow and flail like a leaf in the wind. It’s a little darker sounding than the rest of the album but you are still 100% able to get down to it. Carly even gives a s/o to both Buzzfeed and TMZ which cracks me up every time I listen to it.
- Warm Blood – Also a little darker, “Warm Blood” gets a little nitty gritty. Like if you were making a movie and you needed a song to play in the background while a girl wandered around after a night out with mascara running down her face while wearing super high heels, a fur coat and tights, this would be the song.
- When I Needed You – Ending the regular length album on a high note, WINY is every thing I believe in Carly Rae to be. Upbeat, insane melody, vocals at the forefont, just a really really good pop song. My favorite part is the way she says FOREVA in the chorus because it somehow captures the exact sound of this entire album in one word. It is the perfect closer to a perfect power pop album and I’m not going to lie, it makes me cry when I listen to it because the lyrics hit a little too close to home. CARLY SLAY JEPSEN FOREVA.
If you’re like me then you usually shell out a little bit more for the deluxe editions of albums. Carly’s deluxe edition has three extra songs that are included in the below playlist. All three of them are JAMS. I mean at this point do we expect anything else?
Emotion healed me after a very long drought in power pop music. It is truly a gift hand delivered to us from a Canadian angel and we should not under any circumstances take it for granted. I mean this album came out a year ago and I am still promoting/stanning for it like it’s my SIDE JOB because I think everyone alive needs it in their life. Listen to it, breathe it, dance to it, eat it, love it, become it.