E•MO•TION

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2015 Ratings: #169 / 892
Year End Rank: #11
User Score
2015 Ratings: #19
Liked by 63 people
August 21, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Schoolboy, Interscope / Label
Dance Pop, Synthpop, Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

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

100
The Young Folks

On E·MO·TION, every chorus explodes, every hook is impossibly catchy, and every song sounds like a Top 40 single waiting to happen. It improves on Jepsen’s previous effort Kiss in every way: her vocals are more confident, backed by music and production that effortlessly compliment them.

91
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.

91
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.

90
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.

90
God Is in the TV

It is an extremely ambitious album, but Carly never loses sight of what makes a truly brilliant pop song. There are over-the-top giddy pop rushes and moments when she holds herself and the music back. The execution is always just right.

85
Spectrum Culture

Not every pop record needs to challenge societal perceptions, alter the industry or push the sociopolitical conversation forward. Emotion aspires to none of those things, and that’s a crucial part of what makes it so great.

83
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.

83
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.

80
Exclaim!

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

80
Slant Magazine

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

80
musicOMH

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.

80
Sputnikmusic

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.

75
The Line of Best Fit

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

74
Pitchfork

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

70
Spin

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. 

70
Rolling Stone

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

70
NME

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

70
The Needle Drop

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

60
PopMatters

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.

60
NOW Magazine

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

60
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.

60
The Arts Desk

While E•MO•TION crackles and fizzes in places with moments of pure pop joy, there are big chunks of this record that sound as though they’ve been machine-assembled on a production line. From the 1980s. With Belinda Carlisle in place of a foreman.

40
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.

Kanye
100
Favorite Pop album ever by my favorite person ever :')))))
thebibleparttwo
90
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KIDWITHGUNs
51
Mediocre

"What the fuck have they made me listen to? I dunno if I'm gonna get into this dawg" was my legit first reaction to the album in the first 4 seconds. I didn't like where it was going… then I checked out the overwhelming love the album got, and I was intrigued more than fearful.

Then I listened to the album and realized…

How overrated this dog shit album is, what the fuck are you people listening to?!

I have so much beef with this album right now.

I'm legit ... read more
Plats
92
"Call Me Maybe" was a song I never took that seriously, even at 11. So, I thought the positive feedback for "Emotion" was a joke. Especially when the lead single really, really, really annoyed me when it came out. But here I am listening to it and I was very surprised by this! The 80's pop aesthetics are tastefully done, the typical subjects of boy loving are handled extremely well with Carly Rae Jepsen's great songwriting and the hooks are irresistibly catchy! Nothing about ... read more
ElectricMess
85
Genuinely one of my favorite pop albums of the decade. Everything about it, from the slick and bombastic 80s-inspired production to Carly's endearingly boy-crazy persona, is just so damn charming.

also it just straight up slaps

Favorite Tracks: Run Away With Me, Emotion, I Really Like You, Gimmie Love, Boy Problems, Making The Most of The Night, When I Needed You
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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