The Problem With... Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"

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Every wave of music coming out of Canada is quite the "melange." In the most recent one, Drake's fame is pulling up Toronto R&B artists The Weeknd and Melanie Fiona. We also have elves like Grimes and Purity Ring tinkering around with their precursors, from Skinny Puppy to Nelly Furtado.

Conversely, you get convenient, profitable pop such as Justin Bieber and his Schoolboy Records labelmate, Carly Rae Jepsen. I guess someone's gotta bankroll those other neat projects. Jepsen appeared on the Canadian charts a few years ago, after placing third on a season of Canadian Idol. I've never seen Canadian Idol, but I imagine it's a bit like American Idol, except contestants sing Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" and everyone that places in the finals gets a record deal for fairness' sake.

Her latest single, "Call Me Maybe," was bolstered by lip-synch videos from Katy Perry and Bieber/Selena Gomez. The track has a standard pop beat and orchestral strings that sound like they came from the music generator in the Super Nintendo game Mario Paint.

The lyrics reveal that Jepsen is noncommittal about chasing her crush. In the first verse, her price for a kiss ranges widely between "pennies and diamonds." The chorus follows, throwing a number to her object and throwing an ambivalent "maybe" with a question mark and shrug.

The breakdown line "Before you came into my life/I missed you so bad" messed with my head. Unless she hatched a plan similar to Primer, the 2004 time travel film shot in Dallas, that's impossible.

While Jepsen's voice sounds a bit cute and frisky, the adolescent image broke down when I found out she's closer to my age than the track's target audience. Shouldn't she be hanging around with the aforementioned artists making aloof cyberpunk tunes? If "Call Me Maybe" is any indication, Jepsen's certainly impulsive enough to give it a shot.

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66pugs99
66pugs99

The problem with "Call me Maybe"?  Is Mr. Rizvi seriously trying to analyze a song called "Call me Maybe???  Why don't you try to use your amazing logical skills to break down "I wanna hold your hand" by the Beatles, or "Take on Me" by A-Ha.  What pure idiocy this article is. It's a pop song; just listen to it and enjoy. All it's doing is capturing that simple irrational anxiety that "I wanna hold your hand" tried to profess many years ago with one of the catchiest melodies I've heard in a while.  How could anyone expect more than that?  This is just sad journalism, with a premeditated idea to hate on a song that other people like and they don't understand (why they do).   Just like what many "experts" did to The Beatles.  This is the worst kind of yellow journalism.   To the Author: FAIL!!!!

Krisd407
Krisd407

Sounds like the auhor is the one with the problem. His "argument" for his case is tedious, at best. 1. > Her latest single, "Call Me Maybe," was bolstered by lip-synch videos from Katy Perry and Bieber/Selena Gomez. The track has a standard pop beat and orchestral strings that sound like they came from the music generator in the Super Nintendo game Mario Paint. What ? do you even know anything about studio work ? The orchestral strings are cleverly and energetically assisting the crescendo to the chorus. Mean while a pleasant, kinda up-beat riff is played frivously - all creating that atmosphere of a balmy night. and that's not even the point.Refrain from blogging such chip-on-shoulder style blogs, your resentment from watching the video clip shines through your "problem" with Carly's track.... IMO 2. > The lyrics reveal that Jepsen is noncommittal about chasing her crush. In the first verse, her price for a kiss ranges widely between "pennies and diamonds." The chorus follows, throwing a number to her object and throwing an ambivalent "maybe" with a question mark and shrug. Man , do you realise how dumb and insensitive your comments are ? The lyrics are very, very clever - you're clearly not..... The song revolves around the dilemma ppl of all ages face.... who engages and expresses attraction ? The female has massive peer pressure, as much if not more than males...

The paragraph I quoted above is so outlandish - LOL.Don't you get it ?Your primer reference is hypocrite at best. I bet you've never even SEEN primer. And if you did, lol.If you are unable to absorb the freshness, happy, bubbly sound of this track and the *actual meaning* of the lyrics I doubt you understood anything beyond the first 25 secs of "Primer"...

Ok, I will enlighten you a bit :(i) get a decent system, or decent headphone and player... and advise me how many instruments (classic ones!) are used and have been cleverly produced into this song .... ?(ii) Judge lyrics of a song based on the actual song, not a video clip, wtf does the topic of lipsyncing have to do with the lyrics ?

(iii) Your confusion stems form a lack of understanding and ingorance or ability to learn about the other gender.

Why don't you mention the KEY lyric :"It's hard to look right.." ?I am a 49 year old male and love this track thru and thru. I have worked in sound engineering and this is a feat. A fresh, happy upbeat song.It's about giving iot another shot after being hurt..... or does she ?

Hence the singing "where do you think you're going..."   (The female is unsuccesful to atrract or encourage the male's "prowess" to try ask her out......The dilemma is being constantly re-iterated, hnce your confusion about "Primer" the timelione is ahered to, you are just failing to grasp that the 2 events in time do NOT necessarily refer to the same run-in and subsequent relatioinship.

Hence more confusion the next time - but battling with the perfectly normal evolution process of Sexual Selection, if you know what tyhat means ?

Note that a lot of the dynamics the writer adresses in the lyrics equally apply to males....

So do I detect some resentment also that yet again Canada produced superior quality ?(I am Australian)Also, remove the video - it's dumb to attack lyrics at length out of ignorance and then excarcerbate it by choosing a clip that you perceive to support your bleating LOLZ

Now go play your Super Nintendo game Mario Paint. ....

PS : Can I have your job ? You totally suck at it big time....

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