Track-by-Track Review of Carly Rae Jepsen's "E-MO-TION Side B"

Last year, Carly Rae Jepsen released her third studio album "E-MO-TION" and the world rejoiced, except, really, it didn't get the respect and the recognition it deserved. Fortunately, Ms. Jepsen has decided to continue to bless us with tracks that didn't make the original cut of the album, by celebrating "E-MO-TION"'s first anniversary with the release of "E-MO-TION Side B", A brand new EP/album with 8 epic new tracks.

First Time

Keeping with the 80s synth-pop vibe of "E-MO-TION", "First Time" opens with the click of a tape player, and we are instantly swept away in Carly Rae's heartbreak through happy tunes. This track is a perfect way to lead us in and ready us for what's to come.

Higher

A true shoulder bouncer of a song. It's groovy and glamorous and just a ton of fun. 

The One

This song is great. Carly Rae knows exactly what she wants which is a bit of romance and wine, but she's not interested in being your girl. "It's too much pressure." The beat is fantastic and builds to an awesome climax in the chorus. 

Fever

The album takes a slower turn in this track but still has plenty of emphasis on synth with a great blend of the 1980s and today.

Body Language

A very Madonna/Paula Abdul-esque song, this song's music video would definitely take place inside of a mall, in the best way possible.

Cry

Love. This. Song. Fantastic lyrics about a boy who just won't show his emotions (does he not know what the album is called?)

Store

By far my favourite song off of the album. It's a bit of a slow-burn, especially considering the distinction between the slow verses and the much more upbeat and poppy pre-chorus and chorus. A song essentially about the age-old trope of "just heading out to buy a pack of cigarettes", Carly Rae ghosts her beloved by going out to store, and damned if I don't want to go with her. 

Roses

Quite possibly the weakest song on the album, which is unfortunate as its the last one. I would have switched "Roses" with "Store" to end on a "high" note, but as it is, the album ends on a bit of a downer. The only slow ballady number, "Roses" does have some good qualities, like Carly Rae's breathy vocals, but all in all, not the strongest song.