While wrapping up the The Big Payback, I've recently revisited a lot of classic hip-hop albums, including It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and The Low End Theory, soaking up a lot of witty wordplay, politically charged lyrics and great beats along the way. Other than inadvertently reminding myself of Flavor Flav's existence, this process has been highly enjoyable, and I was looking forward to more of it.
On the other hand, I also decided to create this website for some reason, so let's throw all of that out the window. It's time for some Carly Rae Jepsen!
As it turns out, Jepsen's discography extends beyond that-one-song-that-they-wouldn't-stop-playing-in-shopping-malls-throughout-the-country-goddamnit-please-stop. Emotion, her newly released, third full-length album, was warmly embraced by music critics. In particular, many are exultant over its synth-heavy, 80's-inspired production.
Let's get this out of the way: being able to shrug off this album's lyrical content is a prerequisite for enjoying this album. At one point, she sings "I really wanna stop but I just got the taste for it, I feel like I could fly with the boy on the moon," and the identity of this Moon-Boy may never be determined. But whatever... I can put up with Kanye's lyrical low points, so turning off my brain here was simple enough.
With that caveat in mind, this album is actually a lot of fun. The production is indeed wonderful across the board. "Run Away With Me" boasts a bombastic, saxophone-powered chorus that continues to overwhelm me on repeat listens, while "Boy Problems" features some downright funky guitar riffs and percussion. Additionally, "I Didn't Just Come Here to Dance" is randomly one of the better house tracks that I've heard in a while.
Pleasantly surprised here!