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Single Review: Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘I Really Like You’

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Carly Rae Jepsen. After breaking through internationally with Call Me Maybe in 2012, she released her somewhat successful album Kiss, her popular collaboration Good Time with Owl City and a string of singles that failed to match her previous success. After taking a break for almost two years, she’s coming back with I Really Like You.

Carly Rae Jepsen I Really Like YouAfter listening to the song, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking it sounded like another single from Kiss. I Really Like You features many elements that defined the album, with its sugary sweet 80s bubblegum pop sound and simple repetitive lyrics—each chorus featuring the word really about eighteen times in total. It’s an entirely inoffensive and mindless love song. There aren’t any twists or turns throughout the song, just a steady groove.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. It’s as well produced as any of her previous songs, and the hook will drill way into your brain before long. The euphoric atmosphere helps to sell the feeling of being in love and admitting your feelings—something she’s obviously very familiar with—and it all just manages to work.

This is about as true to form as Carly can get, to the point that you can’t help but wonder what it would sound like if she had tried something different. Fans of Kiss are going to love this song, and if it’s any indication of the direction for her album, that’ll surely appeal as well. It’s not innovative or exciting, but I Really Like You is definitely an appropriate, if not safe, comeback.