RED Hearts are guest posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. Today’s RED Hearts post is from RED author Jessica Goodman, 22, in Los Angeles, who maybe likes Carly Rae Jepsen's new album, Kiss:
Is it late enough into September to start thinking Billboard’s 2012 Song of the Summer has year-round staying power? Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” has hovered in the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for 29 weeks now, and has created a YouTube movement, as lip-synced by Harvard’s baseball team, Miss USA contestants,Olympic athletes and just about everyone else. It’s so infectiously viral that even Cookie Monster has his hand in the jar.
This is a song you just can’t get sick of!
Which means this is a singer with a lot of pressure on what comes next. Carly Rae Jepsen’s debut album Kiss was released this Tuesday, and it seems the whole world, Sesame Street to Main Street, is watching and thinking: Is she just another one-hit wonder?
Even though I went into to this album with that same skepticism, I believe Kiss is more than a "maybe" vote for Jepsen’s staying power. It’s a collection of sixteen songs that any girl can relate to. She pretty much puts music to the unspoken words on the tips of our tongues and telephones -- those things we know we feel but just don’t know how to say.
Her new single, "The Kiss," really captures the universal romantic agony of: “The kiss is something I can’t resist/I wish it didn’t feel like this.” I won’t tell you how it ends, but it’s about learning to trust your heart and take risks. I think Jepsen has a huge chance at making it beyond the meme. Her music and her passion remind me a lot of Taylor Swift, who has had tremendous success from album to album. “Call Me Maybe” was just the first sign of what this girl has to offer. I expect we’ll be calling for more music for many years and most-vieweds to come.
RED Hearts guest poster Jessica Goodman is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is out in paperback.