As I get older, I'm trying harder and harder to give more things a fair shot. Had I done so when I was younger, I would have understood what true feminism was a lot earlier (sorry Mom, I totally regret not taking those Women's Lit courses in university now), I would have revelled in the true splendour of making a well-cooked meal (I'll have salmon every way, please!), and I would have read books by people other than straight, white men (the library is now open!).
I wrote off Carly Rae Jepsen as a Bieber-produced one-hit wonder, a song of the Summer creator who would fade away as quickly as she came into existence. However, I started to hear some rumblings that her latest album "Emotion" was totally innovative and interesting. The final track of the song "When I Needed You" was featured on an episode of the awesome podcast "Song Exploder" and hearing the history and the dissection of one of Jepsen's singles convinced me to open my Apple Music and check out the whole album for myself.
The whole album is a love letter to 80s synth-pop and Jepsen hits the nail on the head. In "Song Exploder", she explained that she wanted to create something that could have been on the "Pretty in Pink" soundtrack and she is completely successful. The album accomplishes everything it sets out to do with one fun hit after another. With saxophone riffs, synthesizers and catchy choruses, Jepsen has proven herself to be more than just a song-of-the-Summer, but a true pop contender. I'm truly sorry Carly for not giving you your just dues but I've definitely learned my lesson. I won't judge a book by its cover or a pop star by their one enormous hit. I'm in the business of ingesting as much pop culture as possible, and Carly Rae Jepsen is my first step to recovery.