CRJ, originally a Canadian Idol runner-up in 2007, break internet records with her first single, “Call Me Maybe,” but her 2015 album EMOTION turned out to be not only a pop triumph, but one of the best albums of the year for a number of publications (#8 over at RVAMag):
“Jepsen gives a master class here, exploring the pure exhilaration of being crazy-in-like,” wrote RVA Mag’sJosh Buck in his end of year wrap up. He went as far as to say not a single track on the release was skippable and he was dead right.
There are few artists who have managed to burn up my speakers as much as CRJ has in the last year and for good reason – this release is every roller-skating rink party you ever dreamed of.
What might have helped the creation EMOTION was the effort the artist put into it. She traveled the globe, recording and working with dozens of studios, and supposedly writing about 250 songs before settling on the track list now available to the public.
Sadly, and for whatever terrible reason, CRJ has fell off the pop charts with this new release. But that hasn’t stopped music critics from pointing out what the rest of the world is missing. Rolling Stone’s called it a “pop master class” and New York Magazine said Jepsen “does ’80s throwbacks even better than Taylor Swift.” Pitchfork, the king of the hipster-music universe, called “Emotion” one of the Top 50 albums of the 2015.
“Everything that came after this album in terms of the response and the reaction was shocking to me,” she said. “It felt so wonderful to be acknowledged by some of these people in circles that weren’t just into pop music or could appreciate pop music but it wasn’t necessarily their go-to [genre].”