CD Review: Emotion: Side B’s by Carly Ray Jepsen
Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen is my absolute favourite pop album in recent years – probably even this decade. When I heard about Emotion Side B, I was super excited and I expected only the best from the album. From the first few seconds of “First Time,” I knew that Carly Bae had once again delivered. Side B continues from where Emotion’s love affair with 80s synth-pop left off, although it’s a bit shorter than its older sister.
Emotion Side B’s eight tracks clock in at about 28 minutes, but although it is short it is definitely that sweet, sweet musical candy that you’d expect from your home girl, Carly Rae. Each track fits the theme of the rest of Emotion by focusing heavily on the ups and downs of love. You could say it’s a rollercoaster ride of EMOTION. (Insert pity laugh here. I appreciate it. Really, I do.)
I’m not actually sure how to categorize Emotion Side B, because it’s kind of off season. If released at the beginning of the summer, I would say it’s the soundtrack of the summer. But because it was released at the end of the August online – and the beginning of September physically – I have trouble saying that it’s the soundtrack of the summer. Instead, I’ll say it’s the best pop album of the summer. Do yourself a favour and check it out for yourself.
“Emotion: Side B’s” by Carly Rae Jepsen (Interscope)
– Brett Luft