Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Be Friends

“That is, for me, just not a Carly Rae Jepsen track.”

Tom: She played London this weekend; a lot of folks I know went and I couldn’t make it. I’m not sure why I mentioned that, other than to vaguely vent.

Tim: Well, let’s hope you don’t stay too negative then.

Tom: Huh.

Tim: Ah.

Tom: I… I don’t like it. Am I just being really cynical? Because, you know, it’s Carly Rae Jepsen.

Tim: No, you’re not – that is, for me, just not a Carly Rae Jepsen track. There’s nowhere near the energy I associate with her, it’s almost dull.

Tom: The chorus has the cadence of a playground rhyme, and I just don’t think it’s very good. Plus, there’s the breathy “cool” and vocal samples in the chorus, and the talky middle-eight: if this was an unknown artist I’d suggest it almost fits under the damnable banner of “novelty song”.

Tim: Ooh, no, wouldn’t go that far. Certainly very, very disappointing, though.

Tom: Full marks to the animator on that music video, though, it’s lovely.

Tim: True.