Carly Rae Jepsen releases her new single “Party For One” and has a new album on the way!
by Mark Keen
For many Carly Rae Jepsen may be best known for her break out hit “Call Me Maybe”‘, however, that ignores her amazing 2015 80’s influenced third album “Emotion”. Now as we reach the end of 2018, Carly returns with the release of “Party For One” from her upcoming fourth album.
She’s being described as the ‘hipster’s guilty pleasure’ and I can cope with that. The song is another catchy upbeat tune which again has a deeper message. Carly has a lot to say about relationships, but requires you to read between the lines of the deceptively simple bouncy pop songs.
“Emotion” was not necessarily a huge commercial success, but it certainly was a critical hit appearing in many top ten lists for the year. Perhaps the initial single “I Really Like You” felt too throw away, and gimmicky with the Tom Hanks starring video with label mate and fellow Canadian Justin Beiber popping up as well. The second single really started showing that the album contained some real gems, such as the second single “Run Away With Me”. Rolling Stone ranked it number 49 in the best 50 best songs of the year. Unfortunately the single was criminally ignored.
There was even better to come with the brilliant “Your Type”. This ventures into the theme of unrequited love, which is often a theme of some of the best pop songs. Apparently the song is about a guy Carly fell for who she later finds out is gay, so Carly has excellent taste in men as well.
Don’t forget to check out the “Emotion” album and start with one of my favourites “Boy Problems”. Carly also released “Emotion:Side B” and “Emotion:Side B+” digitally which included another great song “Cut To The Feeling” from the soundtrack of the film ‘Ballerina’ (also known as ‘Leap’). The song can also be heard in 2018 television promotions spots for BBC Strictly Come Dancing in the UK, where it also appeared in The Guardian top 10 tracks of 2017 list.
Let’s hope Carly gets the recognition she deserves on her next album!