Curiosity is the sophomore album by the 26-year-old singer-songwriter, Carly Rae Jepsen. The album opens with the lead single, “Call Me Maybe,” which clearly encourages anyone (meaning me) to dance and sing into the microphone (that’s really a hairbrush) while alone in one’s room (again, meaning me), just like being 13 all over again. You may have already heard this song many, many times since it has been on heavy radio rotation since December 2011 and has even reached No. One on the Canadian Hot 100 – Carly is only the third Canadian in history to do so. “Call Me Maybe” is everything a pop song should be: upbeat, energetic, fun, happy, and super catchy. It seems to never leave you, which isn’t a bad thing in this case.
Certainly not new to the Canadian music industry (in 2007 she placed third on Season 5 of Canadian Idol, and in 2010 she received not only one, but two Juno nominations: one for best new artist and one for songwriter of the year), this album is pop. But not in the annoying, auto-tune, and talentless way. Her perfectly pitched voice makes it clear that this girl has real talent.
With mid-tempo tracks “Talk to Me” and “Just a Step Away,” Carly transcends you to a porch swing or riding a bicycle along an old dirt road in the countryside’s summer sunshine. Her voice sings the highs and lows of love and everything that comes along with it. Even with “Curiosity” – which she opens with “Break a bone, got me on my knees / You break my heart, just to watch it bleed” – it is still amazingly upbeat. If you weren’t listening closely, you would never know that she is singing about being treated poorly by a bad boy, and begging for more of his love.
She pays homage to her folk roots and Joni Mitchell with her take on “Both Sides Now,” which is completely different from the original – different in that it is no longer slow and sad, but now totally upbeat. She has made it fresh and modern with her unique bubblegum twist.
With only six songs on the album, I wondered why there weren’t more. It may have something to do with the fact that this past Valentine’s Day, Scooter Braun (founder of the Biebs) and Justin Bieber himself made the announcement that they signed her to their label, School Boy Records. If that doesn’t scream superstar sensation to be, I don’t know what does. And perhaps a Bieber-Jepsen duet is in the works on a full-length album. One can only wish.
Curiosity is filled with music that dances. And it is your choice to listen to it with or without a hairbrush (a.k.a. microphone) in front of your bedroom mirror. Overall a great EP. I can’t wait to put the top down and blast her tunes all summer.
Are you curious? Go get Curiosity by Carly Rae Jepsen. You will be singing her songs in no time.
01. Call Me Maybe
04. Talk to Me
05. Just a Step Away
06. Both Sides Now