When I review albums, I like to find a central theme that it's trying to communicate. "Emotion" by Carly Rae Japsen has two modes, so to speak. One is "I love you, you love me, so let's dance and mess around", the other is "I cherish you, but you don't love me". These two can even be in the same song. Basically, it's about yearning for love, whether it's returned or not. Luckily, it's also an album of almost all danceable songs, if not straight-up bangers. This is a consistently fun pop album that will shake some rumps. If you want to boogie-down and bounce around, Carly's got you.
I'd probably sound like a proper reviewer if I told you that happy or sad Carly was clearly better, but I kinda can't. I can tell you that the upbeat tracks celebrating love are more fun, but of course they are. But I'm not feeling compelled to skip the sadder stuff, either. Most of that is just as danceable, so you'll also enjoy her torment. Now that I'm done with the big picture, let's look at some tracks, so I can just ramble for a while.
One of my favorite tracks is "Emotion", where Carly is telling an ex to fantasize and dream about her. The song has punchy synths and is infectious.
Drink tequila for me babe Let it hit you cold and hot Let your feelings be revealin' that you can't forget me
And the chorus:
In your faaan-ta-sy, dream a-bout meeeee And all that we could do with this emotion Faaaan-ta-sy, dream a-bout meeeee And all that we could do with this emotion This eeee-mo-tion. I feel it.(a few beats) This eeee-mo-tion. You feel it. All that we could do with this emotion
So sultry and so stone-cold. If I was in a beef war, I might just sing this song. I can imagine it being mad effective. Also, I really like the line, "drink tequila for me babe". Interestingly, it sounds like a love song, so it's pretty stealth like that.
My unlikely favorite ended up being "Boy Problems", a song with so much momentum and bounce and some funky bass strings backing it up. It sounds a bit like disco, and it works.
Boy problems, who's got em? I've got it in two (na nana na na) Boy trouble, we've got double Don't know what to do (na nana na na)
I think I broke up with my boyfriend today-and I, don't really care I've got, worse problems (I broke up with my boyfriend) I think I broke up with my boyfriend today and-I, don't really care I've got, worse problems (I broke up with my boyfriend)
It got me to bounce around and sing along a bit, despite my not having any boy problems. One of the perks of this community, right now, is listening to "Boy Problems" repeatedly to get the details right. Yeah, that's why, its totally for this review. Go look this song up and work that booty.
"All That" is a straight-up baby-makin', classic-style R&B slow-jam. Seriously, its downright smoky and reinforces that Carly's vocals are still primarily driving this train. I mention it because it's unlike anything else on the album. It's a slow, seductive slow-dance song. It's not a slow-dance classic, but it sounds just like one, so I could be wrong.
Finally, lets talk about Warm Blood, the song that started this whole rampage I've been on. This is such an interesting song to me. The whole thing has this soft, throbbing pulse-beat. It starts slow and low, then ramps up. It's about the hot-and-heavy feeling of infatuation, the physical feeling of crushing hard, and really sells it with a throbbing dance banger. Bumping and grinding are encouraged.
So, if this seems different than my other posts, it's because I'm both experimenting with how I do these and because I'm on vacation.