The Loneliest Time

Carly Rae Jepsen - The Loneliest Time
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2022 Ratings: #449 / 805
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2022 Rank: #302
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Albumism

Jepsen expands her musical-lyrical palette with a rainbow of layers and textures. The Loneliest Time will make every return listen an experience to be savored.

83
Entertainment Weekly
On her latest, the "Call Me Maybe" singer flaunts a new self-reflective streak that opens the door for her to play with — and expand — her sound.
80
AllMusic

Her charm holds together The Loneliest Time's whirlwind of daydreams, confessions, and decades of pop allusions, making it another strong album from an artist who knows her niche and how to grow beyond it.

80
NME

Jepsen’s sixth studio album may see her signature sound infused with new influences, but it never loses its sparkle.

80
The Telegraph
As a record, Time isn’t just a sonic heart-swell for listeners, it’s the latest shift for a singer-songwriter who seems as if she’s constantly stretching toward the most whole version of herself.
80
DIY
The queen of writing from a place of both euphoric yearning and the ache of a broken heart, she’s never afraid to feel absolutely everything in her music.
80
The Line of Best Fit

After three albums filled to the brim with joyful, explosive pop, Jepsen finds her strength in stillness on The Loneliest Time.

80
The Skinny

The Loneliest Time is a solid leftfield pop album, showcasing Jepsen’s ability to draw across eras and genres to push the boundaries of what pop can be.

80
Rolling Stone
The latest album from the Canadian pop goddess delivers high-gloss pop with serious emotional punch
77
Beats Per Minute

Where others in the pop arena are desperate to be read as providers of sub-text and cryptic lyricism that’s contrived and amounts to little, Jepsen is the queen of unadulterated surface-level exuberance.

75
A.V. Club
Jepsen's new offering heightens her pop experimentation, at the cost of cohesion.
73
Spectrum Culture
We can leave the pop experimentalism for Björk and Robyn, if we can just keep getting songs like “Talking to Yourself” and “Bad Thing Twice.” Who could want for more?
70
musicOMH
Poptimism’s mascot returns with a slightly more mellow sound, but the spirit of fun is still alive and well.
70
Slant Magazine
The album is a markedly more stoic effort from a singer who, up until now, has been relentlessly upbeat.
70
Under the Radar
Jepsen tiptoes a bit deeper into love’s depths without abandoning her devotion to fun as a prime virtue.
70
PopMatters

Carly Rae Jepsen’s The Loneliest Time is not without the glittery, carefree pop she’s famous for, but the singer gets personal in ways she hasn’t before.

65
Pitchfork
More interested in earmarking ideas than in formulating an overarching aesthetic proposition, Carly Rae Jepsen’s fifth album diversifies her portfolio of 1980s pop sounds.
60
Clash
‘The Loneliest Time’ feels a far cry from the saccharine star that launched Jepsen’s career but proves her musical pliability.
60
The Needle Drop
Carly's messiest album to date still isn't that bad.
60
The Sydney Morning Herald
Jepsen has always danced along the margins of pop with daring and self-doubt in equal measure, and even her middling songs at least feel more authentic and honest than most.
quanhoang0412
72

Why be a Swiftie and listen to Midnights when you can be a Raecist and listen to this instead

charcoal
70

id let her smash my head open with a sledgehammer and play with my splattered brain matter

album is good too ig

Maqtheus
70

É difícil negar que The Loneliest Time seja um álbum "previsível". Mas, por outro lado, também é difícil ignorar o quão bom ele é justamente por ser algo que a Carly sabe fazer muito bem e que todos nós amamos.

Como um gay fã de música pop, seria extremamente desonesto da minha parte negar uma produção retrô do tipo que temos aqui. Pra mim, independente de qualquer ... read more

acidbb2
80

"Go Find Yourself or Whatever" made me tear up. "Bends" sounds so soft and lush. "Shooting Star" is fantastic. So as "Talking to Yourself," "The Loneliest Time,"... ugh. I was initially a bit worried about this album given the singles, but here Carly proves that her ears for pop are still great.

AldwinMagno
85

the varied concepts she aimed to explore with this album ranged from great masterpieces to boring soundscapes, although it won't detract from the catchy and memorable experiences one could achieve while listening to this collection of masterful tunes she created.

with that said, Far Away should stay far away from my eardrums, like 500 meters away since it fucking sucked.

gab0n
45

this album kinda make me feel bored. except for 2 or maybe 3 songs, the album doesn´t really bring something new and doesn´t feel smooth either. even if it´s a forty minutes long it feels heavy to listen. i would not revisit it bein honest

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Added on: August 2, 2022