Lackluster album given radio airtime
Redundant songs offer nostalgic sound
Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 15:10
his summer, after the release of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” it was almost impossible to turn on the radio without hearing the song.
Hip-hop stations such as 106.1 KMEL were dragged into Jepsen mania. But Jepsen’s new album fails to innovate.
The retro-pop induced album “KISS,” released on Sept. 14, is Jepsen’s attempt to break away from her past one hit wonder status.
“KISS” features 15 tracks set to make listeners want to drive around with the top down and raise their hands in the air going “woo.”
As sickening as it may sound for hard-core music enthusiasts, it’s not that horrifying. But it is also not that exciting.
The songs have a feel of a type of brainless fun one purposefully dances to just for the sake of looking crazy.
There are few standout tracks such as “Curiosity,” a club-ready tune which was originally part of Jepsen’s EP, and “Tiny Little Bows,” a track that is catchy but awfully reminiscent of the 90s pop song “Barbie Girl” by the group Aqua.
Jepsen, however, does not fail to make listeners want to dance or sing along. While her music is quirky and innocent, it will make one look back one day and think, “What was I thinking?”
Think of her as the modern version of the Spice Girls or N’Sync.
For those who enjoy 80s pop, think of her as today’s version of Tiffany or Debbie Gibson.
She’s a guilty pleasure.
However, she’s not as corny and her music has a few harder hitting beats thanks to today’s house music trend.
“KISS” is perky and provides a sense of nostalgia, bringing one back to the old days of embarrassing pop musical tastes.
It is an album people can listen to at home, alone, or in the car with the windows rolled up to make sure no one else hears.
Like one of her tracks, “KISS” makes one feel that “Wrong Feels So Right.”
At 26, Jepsen caters to a younger audience, so there is nothing wrong with the pleasure of singing about innocent love in almost every track.
Jepsen’s lyrics, however, sound like they are through the eyes of an adolescent girl.
This fact may detract from expanding her audience.
Parents need not worry if their children are listening to “KISS.” It is very plain, like vanilla ice cream with no topping.
There is nothing in this album that hasn’t been tried before.
Pop music is filled with clichés and repetition and “KISS” is not stepping into new territory.
With titles such as “Tonight I’m Getting Over You” and “Sweetie,” it is quite predictable.
“KISS” takes a few listens to get used to, but eventually one cannot help but be trapped in the joys of Jepsen’s music.