Sunday, October 23, 2016

HEAR THIS: Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Cry' is a Synthy Diamond

There's a lot of musical ground to cover in the months since this blog was updated and I was quite keen to keep on keepin' on rather than back-track too heavily. However, it would be very wrong of me indeed not at least mention the brilliance that was Carly Rae Jepsen's Side B EP released a few months back.

We're in a strange pop landscape in 2016. Gaga is a little too keen on going legit via Joanne -- an album that is unarguably strong vocally but in terms of "fun" totally lacking. Britney returned to form almost from out of nowhere, releasing her best album in a decade via Glory. Our best hope in a true teen popstar, Ariana Grande, is already attempting a transition to something a little more urban. But in terms of the current here and now -- America's one true unfailing pop force continues to be a Canadian wunderkind who too many toss off as a one hit wonder.

Last year's E*MO*TION album is practically perfect in every way so the fact that there were more songs from these sessions that were hidden away from the world is almost insulting, really. Carly dropped Side B -- a too short smattering of pop gems -- and in a musical landscape starved for geniune, unabashed, unfarced "pop", critics and fandom ate it up un-apologetically.

Honestly, this EP could have only contained three songs and it would still be one of the best releases of 2016 -- those three being "First Time", "Body Language", and -- the stuff of my 80's romantic comedy dreams -- "Cry".

The latter very well could be my favorite song released this year. I'm not sure if I can even pin down what it is about it that makes me want to listen to it on repeat over and over and over. It's dark, it's sparkly, it's painful, it's utter romantic yearning without rationale or reason. It makes me want to puff up my already puffy curly hair, pull on some leg warmers, and dance in the rain. So basically, it's so damn emotional.

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