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Carly Rae Jepsen


Third studio album from the Canadian dance pop artist and former Canadian Idol contestant

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  1. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Track for track, Emotion is a more consistent album than 1989, its 80s-indebted analog
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  2. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

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  3. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It is an extremely ambitious album, but Carly never loses sight of what makes a truly brilliant pop song
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  4. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Not every pop record needs to challenge societal perceptions, alter the industry or push the sociopolitical conversation forward
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  5. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    If there’s any justice, Emotion will propel her to superstardom—but even if it doesn’t, she can at least rest easy knowing she made one of 2015’s most interesting, effervescent records
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  6. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Emotion rolls out banger after banger, all while sustaining a remarkable level of complexity and compassion for everyone in Jepsen’s solar system
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  7. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    These are perfect pop songs; a few more rare glimpses of their rougher edges would make them all the more spectacular
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  8. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Unlike brand-savvy superstars like Taylor Swift and Rihanna, her strength lies not in domineering a song with her unmistakable persona, but in letting the compositions dictate her delivery
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    An even more consistent album than Kiss, E-MO-TION further defines Jepsen as an equally stylish and earnest pop artist
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  10. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Emotion succeeds on its own terms, arguably remaining truer to the spirit of the era, not to mention Jepsen’s stated aim of taking the time to craft an album rather than rushing to cash in on a YouTube sensation
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  11. 8.0 |   State

    The second half of the album is where the songs get less single-conscious, but also far more interesting
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  12. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Motion would have been more appropriate a name; it aptly describes the development into the far more interesting pop artist Jepsen has become over the three years since Kiss
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  13. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    It may be flooded with winning moments—the bridge on "Gimmie Love"! the build to the last chorus on "All That"!—but E•MO•TION as a whole sounds like a slab of blank space. If only Jepsen had written her name
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  14. 7.0 |   NME

    Packed with frighteningly relatable songs about love, longing and heartbreak
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  15. 7.0 |   Spin

    E•MO•TION is a better record than we deserve from a pop adept awkwardly saddled with expectations of “critical acclaim”
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  16. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Almost every track is like a bouncy castle: fun, certainly, but not made for long-term stays
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  17. 6.0 |   Gig Soup

    Somewhat of a triumph. Yes, she seems to accomplish her mission of displaying varying emotions. Whilst the record perhaps starts out slow, it does build and reveals moments of brilliance
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  18. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There are big chunks of this record that sound as though they’ve been machine-assembled on a production line
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  19. 6.0 |   The Music

    Never becomes overbearing, remaining as escapist and carefree it's supposed to be
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  20. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    A very pleasing album if not just a shade overambitious
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  21. 6.0 |   NOW

    The goal is clearly 80s pop in the vein of Cyndi Lauper, but Jepsen lacks the attitude and wit that could truly bring these songs to life
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  22. 4.0 |   Under The Radar

    A record that takes itself too seriously to be taken seriously by anyone else
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