E•MO•TION by Carly Rae Jepsen (2015)
Friday, August 12th, 2016
“Jepsen spent two years convincing her label to let her write her own songs, finding the right collaborators, and even appearing in a Broadway musical for a change of pace. She came out the other side with E•MO•TION, an album that highlighted her gifts, captured the hearts of a newly dedicated fanbase, and went criminally overlooked commercially. The album’s chart performance is a shame, because E•MO•TION deserves more than a cult following. Jepsen is a songwriter capable of wringing exceptional things from standard pop forms, and she sells it so well that you might not even notice its genius until you really listen… Every song on E•MO•TION takes a different feeling and makes it seem like the most important thing in the world. The album is always on the cusp of something—of falling in love, of heartbreak, or even, in the most Carly Rae Jepsen of all feelings, of just finally realizing that you might kinda like someone. An artistic triumph if not a commercial one, this record proves Jepsen’s point: Pop music is a challenge. But on E•MO•TION, at least for an hour, it sounds totally effortless.”
Let’s do a chocolate tasting at ChocoVivo, an artisanal chocolate shop in Culver City that offers their own stone ground products.