Carly Rae Jepsen is a lot of things. To some, she’s a one hit wonder. To others, she’s one of pops finest assets. After the astronomic success of ‘Call Me Maybe’, Jepsen was poised for world domination. But it never came. Instead, her follow-up album ‘E•MO•TION’ came and went with little fanfare, despite it being arguably one of the best albums of that year. Since then the album has garnered Jepsen critical adoration and a cult following, with both recognising the pure talent a record like ‘E•MO•TION’. Thankfully, her latest release ‘Party For One’ is on the same level.
‘Party For One’ isn’t particularly unique. The subject matter (self love of the sexual variety) has been tackled to varying degrees of commercial success by Jepsen’s contemporaries such as Charli XCX and Hailee Steinfeld. Instead, ‘Party For One’ relies on Jepsen’s execution of the subject matter to make it stand out and stand out it does. The track hops, skips and jumps playfully in pure bubblegum pop production and Jepsen’s lyrics are a perfect match, pairing sly innuendos about her “party for one” with the poppy track. The cut is a fabulous example of the beauty of pure pop, rather than the current trend of trap-pop that is tirelessly grasping at straws in an attempt not to be labelled a flop.
Instead, ‘Party For One’ is a perfect example of how fabulously a pop song can be when it’s not suffering from an identity crisis. It’s simple, relatable and pure unfiltered pop. And it’s marvellous.
Check out the music video for Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Party For One’ below: