Carly Rae Jepsen: Kiss

6 Oct

Prior to receiving Kiss, Carly Rae Jepsen had never piqued my interest, not even an iota. Bubblegummy, squeaky clean and lacking the chutzpah of her American contemporaries; the Canadian Idol winner just didn’t whet my musical appetite. But I liked Kiss, I really did.

There is no denying that Jepsen’s vocal range isn’t awe inspiring, and many of the songs on the album bleed into each other, but Kiss has something a bit special. Tracks like the not-quite-breakup song Tonight I’m Getting Over You and flirt fest I Know You Have Girlfriend showcase Jepsen in her element: strident, pounding club pop. This is where Kiss stands apart from current pop releases, and it’s a niche that has waned enough in recent times to allow a performer like Jepsen to carve out a distinct position in what is a hyper competitive pop market.

Kiss would have benefited a great deal from more consistent writing, Your Heart is a Muscle is laughably bad, but for an early effort Jepsen has done remarkably well here and I for one look forward to hearing more from her in the future.

 

Ed.

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