Katherine St. Asaph on Carly Rae Jepsen

This is the problem Carly Rae Jepsen’s facing: loving “Call Me Maybe” as a meme hasn’t made people invested in her as a musician. To be fair, she’s at a few disadvantages. She’s 26, making music most people would call teenpop. She’s best associated with Justin Bieber, someone who’s still a moptop preteen in the non-fan imagination. Her 2008 debut, Tug of War, inexplicably remained Canadian-only. And she isn’t the type to flaunt the outsize personalities that bring success in U.S. pop. She’s just charming, to the point of being demure.

Normally that’d merely be unfortunate for Carly Rae Jepsen, but she’s not the only one missing out. Kiss is the best pop album of the year, and nobody is listening.

From a great MTV Hive piece by Katherine St. Asaph called “How the Internet Killed Carly Rae Jepsen,” which also serves as one of the best pop-centered music pieces of the year. Well worth the read. (via nedraggett)

I’m not a fan of the album, but I can’t fault it either; one of those “good at what it is but I don’t like what it is” scenarios. However, this is easily one of the best pieces of music writing I’ve read all year, and Katherine St. Asaph deserves to have it read as much as Carly Rae Jepson deserves to have her album heard.


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