by Carly Rae Jepsen


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Carly Rae Jepsen was nearly a victim of her own success. Her breakthrough single "Call Me Maybe" wasn't just big -- it was one of 2012's definitive songs, with a presence so massive that it overshadowed just how good Kiss, the album that housed it, was. After taking time to regroup, Jepsen returns with E-MO-TION, another set of songs that are better than the average Top 40 hit. While nothing here is as instantly striking as "Call Me Maybe," the album gives the impulsive sweetness of her big hit some perspective. If Kiss was the sound of first love and first heartbreak, then E-MO-TION captures how heady the ups and downs of crushes can be the third or fourth time around. For every head-over-heels declaration like "Run Away with Me," there's a song such as "I Really Like You," a smaller-scale outburst where Jepsen acknowledges "this isn't love." This sophistication extends to the music; where Kiss suggested several potential directions, E-MO-TION presents a more unified front. A-list songwriters and producers including Sia, Devonté Hynes, Ariel Rechtshaid, Shellback, and Greg Kurstin help her focus Kiss' effervescence into a cohesive sound that is somehow even more '80s-influenced. The slap bass and crystalline synths on "All That" turn it into a seemingly long-lost slow jam, while Rechtshaid's unabashedly glossy production on "When I Needed You" reflects how big an impact his work with HAIM had on the 2010s pop landscape. Jepsen gets more adventurous on the album's second half, teaming with Sia to bring newfound drama to "Making the Most of the Night" and with Rostam Batmanglij and Tegan and Sara on "Warm Blood," one of E-MO-TION's most contemporary-sounding tracks. Jepsen said she drew inspiration for the album from Cyndi Lauper and Robyn, both of whom excel at sounding exuberant and yearning at the same time. Like those artists, Jepsen is at her finest when she lets her sparkly facades crumble a little with vulnerable lyrics. The excellent "Your Type" is so deftly self-deprecating and catchy that it could actually be a Robyn song, while the title track and "Boy Problems" capture longing and heartache in ways that feel like they were written for everyone's inner junior high schooler. An even more consistent album than Kiss, E-MO-TION further defines Jepsen as an equally stylish and earnest pop artist.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2015
Label: Silent Records
UPC: 0602547327253
catalogNumber: 002317702
Rank: 41697

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carly Rae Jepsen   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Greg Kurstin   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Ethan Farmer   Bass
Roger Manning   Synthesizer
Peter Svensson   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,solina
Ariel Rechtshaid   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards
Samuel Dixon   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Wojtek Goral   Saxophone
Devonté Hynes   Guitar
Daniel Nigro   Guitar
Rami Yacoub   Bass
Emre Ramazanoglu   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums
Sibel Redzep   Background Vocals
Carl Falk   Guitar
Tommy King   Piano,Keyboards
Oscar Görres   Background Vocals
Jeff Halatrax   Synthesizer,Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Ajay Bhattacharyya   Synthesizer
Oscar Holter   Background Vocals
Marlene Strand   Background Vocals
Noonie Bao   Background Vocals
Svante Halldin   Violin
Ludvig Söderberg   Background Vocals
Zachary Gray   Synthesizer,Bass
Mattman & Robin   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Missy Modell   Background Vocals
Jakob Jeilstrom   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Greg Kurstin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Peter Svensson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Ariel Rechtshaid   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Kenny Meiselas   Legal Advisor
Wayne Hector   Composer
Samuel Dixon   Composer,Programming
John Hanes   Engineer
Sia Furler   Composer
Ben Romans   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Dyana Kass   Marketing
Devonté Hynes   Composer,Programming,Producer
Daniel Nigro   Composer,Programming,Additional Production
Wesley Seidman   Engineer
Nate Campany   Composer
Chris Kasych   Engineer
Rami Yacoub   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Brad Haugen   Creation,Marketing
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Randy Urbanski   Engineer
Josh Gudwin   Engineer
Emre Ramazanoglu   Composer,Programming
Shellback   Composer,Producer
Scott "Scooter" Braun   Executive Producer
Justin Bieber   Executive Producer
C.J. Baran   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Carly Rae Jepsen   Composer
Mikaelin Bluespruce   Engineer
Carl Falk   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Jacob Kasher   Composer
Scott Moore   Engineer
Mattias Larsson   Composer
Jeff Halatrax   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Laura Hess   Marketing
Ajay Bhattacharyya   Composer,Engineer,drum programming
Laura Sisk   Engineer
Oscar Holter   Composer
Trinity   Composer
Christopher J. Baran   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Tavish Crowe   Composer
Lisa DiAngelo   Publicity
Robin Fredriksson   Composer
Jonnali Parmenius   Composer
Julian Burg   Engineer
Zachary Gray   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mattman & Robin   Programming,Producer
Con Weber   Creation
Jessica Severa   Art Direction
Greg Cart   Marketing Coordinator
Pamela Gurley   Legal Advisor
Stint   Producer

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