I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes the radio stations we have to play at work can get a little dull. Where I work, we have the radio set to a local station that boasts itself as being “adult contemporary” radio. I’m not always sure what that means, but I do know that lately they’ve been playing Payphone a lot more – and they’ve been playing Call Me Maybe about once an hour. Sometimes during the course of the day, this song calls for an impromptu dance party. As badly as I hate to admit it, the song grew on me. I have to see how Carly Rae Jepsen‘s full album stacks up to this smash song. We’re going to have a listen to Kiss.
The album opens with Tiny Little Bows and I wish I could say it was different from the jist of the one song the world knows from this girl. There’s a we just met, wish we were __ thing going on lyrically and the music isn’t impressive or something I want to dance to. This would not have been my choice for an album opener, especially a debut album.
This Kiss strikes my fancy much better than the first track. Carly’s vocals are nothing that will bring the house down, but this is is a pretty cute song.
As far as songs that make me want to dance, Hurt So Good is the first after Call Me Maybe that makes it irresistible to be still. I guess the lyrics are probably not the best things to be listening to (seriously, are we in 2012 or what? Does it still hurt so good?) but the beat of this one is terrific. At the core, this feels like an early Mandy Moore song in a variety of ways.
I accidentally watched some of the E! Special about Carly and I learned that the very first time she met Justin Bieber, they discussed a collaboration and then she ended up laying down her side to the track Beautiful right after. The song is slightly on the Taylor Swift side with a bouncy feeling coming from the guitars. Sadly the lyrics feel overdone with the One Direction song that’s still leaking out of everyone’s ears.
Besides the song title, the last track is the saving grace of the album. Your Heart is a Muscle wraps up the album by slowing things down a little and showing that Carly has an actually okay singing voice.
Overall, I’m kind of let down by this album. I guess I shouldn’t have really expected so much from the girl who had the song of the summer. Those usually fade pretty quickly, don’t they? Don’t get me wrong, there are some tracks that were fun and a couple that I can see myself listening to more than once – but all in all, I don’t think I’ll be putting this one on very much.
Beautiful (track 9)
Your Heart is a Muscle (track 12)
Curiosity (track 4)