It’s been a long wait, but we’ve finally got Carly Rae Jepsen‘s new album, “Dedicated” – probably going to be the best pop album of the year but be ignored by the Grammy’s once again.
Back in 2015, Jepsen released Emotion and went on to be the underrated Queen of Pop that got criminally brushed aside by the charts and the Grammys, but nevertheless gained masses of fans who appreciated her brilliance.
So it’s safe to say anticipation for her follow-up was intense, so when we first got a slew of singles it was like Christmas – however, the singles never really stood out by themselves, minus “Party For One” and “Now That I Found You.”
Okay, so shall we get the question that everyone wants to know the answer to out of the way – is it better than Emotion?
Well, no, it’s not, but that’s not to say it’s bad in any way shape or form – in fact, it’s pretty great, it’s just heavily shadowed in comparison.
Something about Emotion felt right, it all gelled, and while longer than Dedicated, it felt shorter due to it being a concise sound that flowed – Dedicated sometimes feels like too many sounds have tried to be included, mainly on “I’ll Be Your Girl.”
The entire album contains the 80s vibes that Jepsen ever so effortlessly winds into her tracks – this is the point where I should say which tracks do it the most/best…but honestly, they all have the 80s influence in equal parts.
Some of the tracks fall just short of the very high bar that the Canadian star has made for herself, “Real Love,” “For Sure,” “I’ll Be Your Girl” and “Feels Right” just don’t contain the same magic that the rest of the album conjures – to be honest, they could’ve been cut completely with the album at 15 tracks long.
The one track the fully lives up to the hype and honestly, exceeds it, it the life-giving, “Happy Not Knowing,” it contains equal parts 80s throwback, summer vibes and current synths along with Jepsen’s calming, breathy and distinct vocal makes it an undeniable groove that’s perfect for a road trip (or as Jepsen would say, music to clean your house too).
The album, other than what she’s already released, doesn’t contain many standout singles, “Happy Not Knowing” is one of them, but elsewhere they make sense as part of a collective, but alone they’d sound lost – “Automatically In Love” is probably the best bet.
This album would’ve been pretty brilliant and reached expectations if it was just cut down just a tad – but still, we have one of the best pop records this year and let’s enjoy it (shoutout for Sigrid for keeping her crown of THE best pop album of the year).
Check the album out below and let us know what you think in the comments!