The third top single of 2017, according to Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop poll, is Carley Rae Jepsen’s ‘Cut to the Feeling.’ I’m a big Jepsen fan so I’m happy to see her show up so high, especially for a song I’ve never even heard. I’m looking forward to firing it up now.
This track was cut not just from Jepsen’s critical-adored 2015 album EMOTION, but from the follow-up EP, EMOTION Side B. It ended up finding a home in the French-Canadian animated film Ballerina, which will be released as Leap! in the United States. Jepsen plays a character in the film as well.
The latest Montauk Madness Round One matchup features a prime contender for the whole title (Elvis Costello) vs. a newcomer with only a couple of albums under her belt (Carly Rae Jepsen). Not exactly a fair fight.
But Jepsen is a talent, no question. She might not be Rocky Balboa taking Apollo Creed to 15 rounds and losing by judge’s decision, but Costello is definitely in the other corner having taken a solid shot to the eye, nodding her way and saying “You have great things ahead of you, kid.”
Last year I officially became a Carly Rae Jepsen fanboy.
It didn’t start out that way. I first mentioned her on the blog back in August of 2012, when ‘Call Me Maybe’ was dominating the charts and she seemed destined to go down as a one-hit wonder. Hell, she might still go down as a one-hit wonder because for some inexplicable reason her subsequent releases haven’t caught on with a mass audience.
One area in which I’ve refused to go digital is magazine consumption. I download my music and read books on my tablet, but I can’t give up on a flimsy magazine that I can roll up, toss in my car to read at stoplights and stack by the dozens until I finally relent and dump them in the recycling bin.
I know that magazine tablet apps have come a long way and give you essentially the same reading experience, but I don’t want to make that leap. I’ll hang on to this one analog experience.
Carly Rae Jepsen went from a likely one-hit wonder (for 2012’s ‘Call Me Maybe’) to one of the most critically-acclaimed pop singer-songwriters working today.
Unfortunately, major sales didn’t follow, but I get the feeling Jepsen would rather be respected than rich. Still, I’m convinced that if Taylor Swift had released Jepsen’s 2015 album E*MO*TION instead of her own 1989, it would have been an even bigger smash.
Best Songs of 2015 – #10
‘Run Away With Me’ – Carly Rae Jepsen
One of my big surprises in reading a ton of year-end wrap ups was how often I saw Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest album, E•MO•TION, listed among the best records of 2015.
It’s not that I don’t consider Jepsen capable of greatness — ‘Call Me Maybe’ alone proves she has considerable hit-making chops — but I figured if she had released a monster pop album, it would have done monster business.
MTV stopped showing music videos years ago in favor of reality TV, but thanks to YouTube the art form is very much alive.
In fact, for marketing purposes, music videos are sometimes more important than the songs they feature.
Take Carly Rae Jepsen’s new single, ‘I Really Like You.’ The song is nowhere near as catchy as her smash ‘Call Me Maybe,’ and on its own could have fallen with a thud and relegated her to one-hit wonder status.