Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2015 Ratings: #186 / 770
Year End Rank: #11
User Score
Based on 663 ratings
2015 Ratings: #26
August 21, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Schoolboy, Interscope / Label
Dance Pop, Synthpop, Pop / Genres
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Entertainment Weekly

E•MO•TION is the sound of a girl who’s had her career-defining smash; now she just wants to have fun.

Pretty Much Amazing

It’s also the best gift you never asked for, or even knew you wanted in the first place. I could say the same about CRJ herself, a minor pop star who’s emerged as the genre’s newest MVP.

Drowned in Sound

It's so proud to be pop and hopefully this'll make others realise it's never a guilty pleasure to enjoy songs that make you happy; songs that make you wanna dance your ass off.

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.

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.


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


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

Slant Magazine

Emotion is further proof that Jepsen is capable of translating broadly understood emotions and experiences into unshakable earworms.


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.


E MO TION isn’t a stablemate of innovation, nor does it have an elaborate, all-encompassing concept; its allure stems from its consistency, with each and every track seamlessly passing the baton to the next without any significant dip in momentum.

The Line of Best Fit

E.MO.TION has all the tenets of a successful pop record, but feels more cultivated than previous work.


For all its ironclad hooks and studio precision, Jepsen's third album, like her second, lacks the personality of the most memorable pop records.


E•MO•TION is 2015’s Pop Album for Non-Pop People ... It’s definitely a bid for the middle while Jepsen’s chartmates Beyoncé and Lady Gaga bleed the edges. 

Rolling Stone

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


The 29-year-old Canadian has regrouped and made a surprisingly sophisticated ’80s-influenced pop album.

The Needle Drop

Carly Rae Jepsen's latest album is a finely tuned piece of pop.


Make no mistake, E·MO·TION is still a very pleasing album if not just a shade overambitious, clearly trying too hard to make the same genius pop moments that Kiss churned them out with effortless flair.

NOW Magazine

For all its unexpected sounds and catchy choruses, Emotion falters in its lyrical blandness.

The Guardian

Her voice is fine, rather than outstanding. She doesn’t do anything to stamp her identity on the songs: good as they are, you’re struck by the sense you could be listening to anyone.

Under The Radar

At its best, pop is a short, sharp burst of pure ebullience, but here Carly Rae Jepsen and her production team try overly hard to be clever. In the end, what's left is a record that takes itself too seriously to be taken seriously by anyone else.

Thinking about TØP's anime plot twist in quality made me remember how TøP got nothin on this. Damn, I forgot how good this is!
Carly Rae Jepsen returns with a rather good effort this time, involving high-class collaborators such as Dev Hynes and Rostam from Vampire Weekend. In Emotion, the "Call Me Maybe" singer follows a more lucid direction, with some simple but pretty good singles and pop tunes such as Emotion, I Really Like You or Boy Problems. The balance between electronic and organic instrumentation may be highlighted as the main upgrade from her plain debut, and when Jepsen and her producers reach ... read more
Probably, the most surprising album of 2015
Carly is best when she is having fun, and that is what this album is all about. The EMOTION is poured to every song. Stronger and more mature lyrics and better voice quality than her previous album

favorites: Your type, runaway with me, all that and LA hallucinations
It's a pop perfection. Been meaning to listen to this since from time to time, I see people say it's amazing and IT IS.


1. Emotion
2. Never Get to Hold You
3. Love Again
4. I Really Like You
5. Favourite Colour
There's nothing especially wrong with modern pop, (any more than there was with any other period of pop). But, if it ever did go belly-up and need saving, a record of this caliber certainly would do the trick. Nostalgic without pastiche. Bubbly without laziness in composition. This record's got it all!
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Track List

  1. Run Away With Me
  2. Emotion
  3. I Really Like You
  4. Gimmie Love
  5. All That
  6. Boy Problems
  7. Making The Most of The Night
  8. Your Type
  9. Let's Get Lost
  10. LA Hallucinations
  11. Warm Blood
  12. When I Needed You
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Added on: June 11, 2015