Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2019 Ratings: #283 / 787
Year End Rank: #49
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2019 Ratings: #120
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
God Is in the TV

Dedicated isn’t a grand statement; it’s a well rounded record that finds Jepsen sounding confident and relaxed. The whole thing glistens thanks to an endless run of warm, shimmering melodies and rich production details.

90
Albumism
It’s an album of sensual, revelatory and exploratory pop music that realizes the pulse of the dance floor can take you higher when you’re feeling on top, and keep you afloat when you’re suddenly sinking.
90
The Line of Best Fit

Through envy, happiness, uncertainty, and self-assuredness, Dedicated tells us that every emotion we feel is another important step in our own personal saga.

90
AllMusic

Fortunately, Jepsen is just as committed to her music as she is to the ideal of true love, and the way she's grown without sacrificing her uniqueness makes Dedicated a master class in what a 2010s pop album can be.

80
Clash
’Dedicated’ is a joyride of anthemic melodies and fist-pumping bangers that see Jepsen at the top of her game. Revolving in a shimmering cloud of ‘80s synth, bouncy bass and progressive percussion, she has certified herself as a serious contender in the pop arena.
80
musicOMH

This is easily one of the best pop albums of the year as it is.

80
PopMatters

Carly Rae Jepsen's Dedicated lives in the explosive lift-offs and devastating crash-and-burns of coupling, those meaty emotionally hefty peaks of relationships that form the inverted bell-curve of the heart.

80
NME

Following up the cult favourite that was ‘Emotion’ was always going to be a tough ask, but Jepsen has done a more than admirable job with her fourth album.

80
The Guardian

With less of the belt-it-out bombast, Jepsen presents her more confident, seductive and cheeky sides – all are welcome.

80
The Skinny

Dedicated is packed with the sort of earworms that burrow into your subconscious, only to burst free later in a hail of bus stop humming and unaccompanied impromptu karaoke.

80
Exclaim!

Dedicated is a more nuanced and subdued work than Jepsen's 2015 masterwork, trading in some of her last record's razzle-dazzle for a more refined emotional palette, but losing none of the songs' staying power.

80
The Independent

The 33-year-old’s fourth album, Dedicated, covers the full, but generic, spectrum of relationships: dizzying love, lust, and break-ups

78
Paste

Dedicated could’ve easily been either a woebegone heartbreak record or a carefree, lovestruck free-for-all had it been dreamt up by someone else. Instead, thanks to Ms. Jepsen’s talent for processing feelings, it’s an intersection of those two ends of the pop spectrum and a daring display of chart-topping sounds from across the decades.

75
The 405

While Jepsen has once again delivered a stunning hook-filled record that frankly gets catchier every time you hear it, Dedicated may not quite satisfy our lust for connection.

75
Consequence of Sound

On Dedicated ... she’s let us into her head more than ever before. She’s confident enough about her thoughts and her abilities to open up about her life, which is shown by the confidence she expresses within the actual songs.

73
Pitchfork
On her fourth album, the Canadian pop star is doing what she does best, calibrating lovesick or lovelorn synthpop that’s neither too hot nor too cold—and sometimes, regrettably, only lukewarm.
70
Slant Magazine

Jepsen’s fourth album, Dedicated, is a carefully calibrated attempt at brand extension, reprising the effervescent pop of her last two albums while at the same time acknowledging that the 33-year-old is now a full-grown woman.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

Compared to E•MO•TION — which will be the active listening experience for many — Dedicated is a more emotionally incisive and insular album; smaller in scope, but no less polished.

70
The Needle Drop

Dedicated mostly sounds like a second helping of Emotion, which isn't such a bad thing.

70
Rolling Stone

With all its polish and production, Dedication can sound less like an artistic benchmark and more like throwing gum drops at the ceiling to see which ones stick.

70
FLOOD Magazine
She went through a damn lot of heartache to get to this point, but this record shows us what she’s become: optimistic, unapologetic, head-over-heels in love with herself.
68
Sputnikmusic

Even amongst the overabundance of drab, Carly Rae still shines through the cracks.

60
Spectrum Culture

Dedicated plays it safe sonically and loses sight of the adventurous spirit of its predecessor.

60
No Ripcord

There's a lot to love in Dedicated, but Jepsen tries to cover too [much] ground even if they follow similar song structures, to the point where it may bring some boredom.

60
Loud and Quiet

As solid a collection as Dedicated undoubtedly is, it’s missing the magic that made Emotion such a cultural phenomenon.

Kanye
100

Before Release: DO NOT LISTEN TO THE LEAK CARLY NEEDS THE STREAMS im so sorry im like this ill try to be as objective as possible when i review this MASTERPIECE (srry)

Full Disclosure: I am completely obsessed with her like... it's kinda unhealthy. I just luv her so much, emotion is one of my favorite albums ever. It is so innocent, cute, retro and relatable, her voice is so sweet and hearing her sing makes me so happy !! The 80s synthpop direction is genius and just her mind is so powerful! ... read more

Raincoat
88

There was no way that Carly Rae Jepsen was going to meet everyone’s expectations with “Dedicated”. “E•MO•TION” mythologised Jepsen as some unsung folk hero, worshipped by a newly-established cult whose increasingly performative praise felt more and more disingenuous as time passed, because ‘Jepsus’ herself has never been performative. So perhaps it’s no surprise that in “Dedicated”, she doesn’t bother to reach pople's ... read more

marvelgaryen
100

Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before, unafraid to reference or not reference, put it in a blender, shit on it, vomit on it, eat it, give birth to it!!!!!!!!!

HolidayGhost
85

A little scatter brained, but that helps in some spots. Songs like No Drug Like Me and Now That I Found You make me wish Carly's label wouldn't try to push her as a billboard chart topper, because they feel like Target-Core bland. But the highs on here as high as Emotion/Emotion Side B. Want You in My Room is Prince level popping. Right Words at the Wrong Time will never leave my head once I occasionally remind myself that it exists. Generally this album is mostly good tracks. Here and there ... read more

Numptaloid
83

i love this woman too much

Funuf
67

Ok, so before getting into the nitty-gritty of this album, I have to talk about how frustrating it is to find what the standard tracklists to Carly Rae Jepsen albums are. For *Kiss*, it isn't super hard, but streaming services tend to prioritize the pink deluxe version over the standard blue version. Things get more complicated with *E•MO•TION* though since there are now three issues of this album. You have the standard edition, twelve tracks with blue lettering, the deluxe edition, ... read more

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Added on: April 1, 2019