Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Emotion: Side B'


In the late-summer surprise I was not expecting, Cary Rae Jepsen's latest album, Emotion: Side B is a synth-pop jam that hops all over the place in terms of feelings and vibes, and I am so here for it. Shoutout to Spotify and its new releases page for helping a girl out!

I have to say, this album really hit me out of nowhere, and I am so, so glad it did. I have no idea why I love this album so much, but it probably has something to do with the combination of the subject matter, production and songwriting. It's all about love- rather, being almost in it and almost out of it, and the slick 80's beats are so good. It's not too kitschy, but it still has a retro feel, just like Carly's previous release, Emotion.

As soon as 'The First Time' starts, doing that muffly thing but then kicking into high gear, I am so here for this. This album makes me want to jam so hard but also get a little emotional at the same time, and if that's not a mark of good music idk what is. It's super interesting to me how CRJ flips from one side of a relationship to the other on certain songs- on 'The One,' she's the one that's not into it, on 'Fever,' it's him. 'Cry' finds CRJ with a dude who can't commit, and on 'Store,' she literally leaves to go to the store instead of saying goodbye. Sry, what?

On a side note, I have no idea why, but for some reason I really relate to the line in "Fever" that goes "So I rode your bike / to your house last night / and I'm so damn scared / 'cause your car's not there." I mean I've never done that but it just resonates? Don't ask me. Honestly this entire album makes me want to go find a boy to be angsty about. Probably not the best idea, but what can I say?

xo, HB

Favorites: 'The First Time,' 'Fever,' 'Body Language'

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