Carly Rae Jepsen • The Loneliest Time

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THE LONELIEST TIME 💌 Oct 21. I’m quite fascinated by loneliness. It can be really beautiful when you turn it over and look at it. Just like love, it can cause some extreme human reactions.

Preorder now. 💖🖤🌛🍇

— Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) August 2, 2022

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 17:05 (seven months ago) link


imago, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 17:17 (seven months ago) link


Murgatroid, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 17:18 (seven months ago) link

Holy shit

maf you one two (maffew12), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 17:23 (seven months ago) link

personally I think loneliness is really fucking boring but I hope she can change my mind

Left, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 17:29 (seven months ago) link

Bullion + Jepsen is a fantasy come true and I have the highest hopes for this

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 19:13 (seven months ago) link

i'm very excited, personally i love loneliness and i can't think of anyone i'd rather hear sing about it.

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 19:29 (seven months ago) link

I'm also excited to hear what she does with Bullion

Vinnie, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:08 (seven months ago) link

Is that some kinda cryptocurrency thing?

peace, man, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 00:57 (seven months ago) link

here for CRJ's version of

TWELVE Michelob stars?!? (seandalai), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 01:08 (seven months ago) link

personally I think loneliness is really fucking boring

If you're not lounging in chiffon with bejeweled fruit, you've been doing loneliness all wrong.

enochroot, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 01:24 (seven months ago) link

Is that some kinda cryptocurrency thing?

Close... Elon Musk's latest child

Vinnie, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 04:58 (seven months ago) link

I already regret invoking his name on what should have been a celebratory thread

Vinnie, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 05:00 (seven months ago) link

Mods plz dlt user

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:28 (seven months ago) link

Oh God I just realized I misspelled her name in the thread title!!!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 12:01 (seven months ago) link

mod fix plz?

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 12:02 (seven months ago) link

Karl Ray Jetson

F'kin Magnetometers, how do they work? (President Keyes), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 13:40 (seven months ago) link

Kenley Ray Jepsen

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 14:13 (seven months ago) link

Curly Joe Jackson

F'kin Magnetometers, how do they work? (President Keyes), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 14:25 (seven months ago) link

Carly Ray Vaughan

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 14:25 (seven months ago) link

well the new single "beach house" is quite the pivot from "western wind". just about stays on the right side of quirky i think. insanely sticky chorus - it's giving aqua

i wish she didn't give the quirkiest lines to some random men, i think she'd sell "i've got a lake house in canada and i'm probably gonna harvest your organs" a lot better!

uberweiss, Thursday, 4 August 2022 15:47 (seven months ago) link

hmm this is mediocre

ufo, Thursday, 4 August 2022 22:07 (seven months ago) link

Where are y'all located? It's not out in US Eastern yet :(

J. Sam, Thursday, 4 August 2022 23:07 (seven months ago) link

I thought "Western Wind" was hinting that the album was going in a more chill direction, but now this one... Aqua is a good comparison. Catchy but pretty lightweight

Vinnie, Friday, 5 August 2022 00:19 (seven months ago) link

I'll be honest, my expectations were lowered once I saw the album art. Haven't heard Beach House yet, and I'm still unenthused by Western Wind, so I'm holding a wait-and-see position.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 5 August 2022 02:30 (seven months ago) link

Yeah, I'm not sure about this one. Weird to hear her come out with such a weak chorus.

kitchen person, Friday, 5 August 2022 02:31 (seven months ago) link

i'd take "good time" over "beach house" really

ufo, Friday, 5 August 2022 04:07 (seven months ago) link

was expecting a lot worse based on the reaction to it

Murgatroid, Friday, 5 August 2022 04:23 (seven months ago) link

heh it's actually worse than I was expecting

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 5 August 2022 04:27 (seven months ago) link

the more i listen the more i hate it

ufo, Friday, 5 August 2022 04:31 (seven months ago) link

Three times was my limit. Fortunately I doubt I'm in any danger of ever hearing this in the wild, so I may never hear it again.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 5 August 2022 04:45 (seven months ago) link

Aqua is a good comparison

You have my attention.

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 5 August 2022 09:48 (seven months ago) link

Can’t see the Aqua comparison. Sounds like a decent but not great CRJ track.

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 5 August 2022 09:58 (seven months ago) link

there's a plastic, uber-catchy, 90s europop vibe to the chorus that reminded me of something like aqua

uberweiss, Friday, 5 August 2022 10:10 (seven months ago) link

Oh it def reminds me of them, the europop vibe. Also male/female vocals with quirky lyrics

Vinnie, Friday, 5 August 2022 10:27 (seven months ago) link

She comes out with bad songs sometimes. Party for One was a rough introduction to the Dedicated era for me. I was very relieved when it didn't actually end up on the record. I liked Cut to the Feeling at first but it really is just a chorus, isn't it? Let's Be Friends had that stupid dick joke/laugh in the middle. What were you thinking, Ms. Jensen?

Anyway, I don't think this is one of her bad ones! It definitely sounds musically out of character as far as her past few records. It's not like, sophisticated Carly. But I think it's a fun, funny song. If I have a criticism of it, it's that at 2:30 it gets in and out too quickly, much like the 2:41 Want You In My Room from Dedicated. I really think it could have used one more verse about boys number 5 and 8 or something. I really like the guy background singers on the chorus and bridge. So yeah, I'm on Team Beach House.

peace, man, Friday, 5 August 2022 11:19 (seven months ago) link

her worst song is that one christmas song she put out, just the pits

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 5 August 2022 12:05 (seven months ago) link

or let’s be friends, which i had completely forgotten about

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 5 August 2022 12:06 (seven months ago) link

Thought you meant her cover of "Last Christmas", Brad, until I looked it up. The lyrics of "It's Not Christmas Til Someone Cries" have put me off wanting to hear the song

Vinnie, Friday, 5 August 2022 12:25 (seven months ago) link

I'm not even a scrooge about Christmas music, but yeah, It's Not Christmas Til Somebody Cries is a stinker.

peace, man, Friday, 5 August 2022 12:30 (seven months ago) link

all of these terrible songs are on streaming and yet utter jam “me and the boys in the band” still isn’t, it’s a cruel world

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 5 August 2022 12:39 (seven months ago) link

love the lyric of the new one but do not enjoy it musically, it made me think of jessie j and typing this sentence has made me depressed

cut to me in october saying “beach house sorta works in context” lol

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 5 August 2022 13:38 (seven months ago) link


Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 5 August 2022 13:55 (seven months ago) link

don't even hate the song as much as some of you but if the song works in context, then i'd be worried about the album

Murgatroid, Friday, 5 August 2022 14:43 (seven months ago) link

This sounds more like Black Eyed Peas than Aqua and it sucks.

Hope Western Wind is a better indication of what the album sounds like.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 5 August 2022 15:19 (seven months ago) link

xp Well, the next track is about what gets done with those organs

Vinnie, Friday, 5 August 2022 15:20 (seven months ago) link

Listening again and it’s worse than Black Eyed Peas. It sounds like a DNCE song.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 5 August 2022 15:39 (seven months ago) link

This is giving me deja vu to the time Taylor Swift released ME! as the lead single for Lover
(Beach House is better than that, but I was hoping for more of a Warm Blood vibe for this album)

enochroot, Friday, 5 August 2022 18:54 (seven months ago) link

That was disappointing. It doesn't flow - the chorus grinds to a halt with "I'm probably going to hurt your feelings" and then the song seems to start again. It's just irritatingly stop-start. The middle eight doesn't work. It has surprisingly little Carly Rae Jepsen in it.

I enjoyed "I Want You In My Room" because it flowed well, it had some clever chords, and the production was retro without being overpowering. The chorus was like a one-two punch - it came in two parts, with the second part acting like a bonus chorus, a pleasant surprise. In contrast "Beach House" has a weak single-part chorus that just brings the song to a halt.

It has nothing to do with Aqua. It's not in the same league as Aqua. Aqua was genius. You, "Beach House", are no Aqua. If anything this song reminded me of how well-written "Happy Boys and Girls" was. To this day I still can't tell if the melancholic undercurrent running through that song was deliberate was real or exists only inside my head.

I still have faith in Carly Rae Jepsen but I fear she has been led astray. I'm not suggesting she should be kidnapped and forced to work with Mark Ronson. Kidnapped is such a loaded word. Enticed, with cheese.

Ashley Pomeroy, Friday, 5 August 2022 19:06 (seven months ago) link

brad otm about it sounding like jessie j lol

ufo, Friday, 5 August 2022 19:15 (seven months ago) link

Jesus, I somehow hadn't heard Western Wind until now

imago, Friday, 21 October 2022 13:07 (five months ago) link

Works so well in context!

I think the only track which hasn't really convinced me yet is the opener, weirdly, cos people seem to love that one

imago, Friday, 21 October 2022 13:10 (five months ago) link

WW rules i don't know what the naysayers are on about

Beach House though, that had me worried

Look forward to sitting down with the whole thing

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 21 October 2022 14:26 (five months ago) link

this record is just so fucking great

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 21 October 2022 15:46 (five months ago) link

world stops and the autumn leaves freeze in time mid-fall for the entirety of "western wind" every time i play it

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 21 October 2022 16:34 (five months ago) link

sheesh maybe this is her best album

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 21 October 2022 16:50 (five months ago) link

I like this album. Also I like "Beach House," it's her most convincing disco track.

This album is fun

Bee OK, Friday, 21 October 2022 19:40 (five months ago) link

Beach House isn't great, I find it cringey, both lyrically and musically.

The title track is a way better disco bop, after she yells: "I'm coming back for you!" Iconic moment. Then those disco strings!

Talking to Yourself is def the best single from the bunch imo.

The Ghost Club, Friday, 21 October 2022 19:41 (five months ago) link

"beach house" feels like its knowingly cringey, which makes

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Friday, 21 October 2022 19:44 (five months ago) link

Technically I think it's knowingly camp, which makes it ironic. I don't know, it's a goofy song, hard to hate. She's kind of goofy! That's what charmed me about her live show, she's got kind of a shtick going.

And I agree, the title track is her best disco. But Beach House is fun too.

Bends is driving me crazy because I'm certain the melody of the verse is basically the same as a Momus song, but I can't figure out which one. I think I might be thinking of Voyager, but I'm not really sure.

Almost certainly a coincidence, just too weird to imagine Jepsen listening to Momus of all people.

Anyway, this album rules, can't stop listening to it.

OneSecondBefore, Friday, 21 October 2022 19:59 (five months ago) link

This album is good, not great. I think it may be a grower. Beach House does kinda suck and take you out of it, I do wish it wasn’t there. Nothing really sticks out, which is a shame, she has had some great star making moments and this seems to lack a “Too much” or “Boy Problems”. It’s a nice pop star “growing up” record though, like Taylor has been doing for a while.

a hoy hoy, Friday, 21 October 2022 20:34 (five months ago) link

On a first listen I love this album. The back half I think really nails that convalescent feeling of coming out of a long isolation, the emotional neediness of it, that mix of joy and gratitude and fragility and a sense that the good things may not last. "Bends" into "Western Wind" is perfect.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 22 October 2022 20:40 (five months ago) link

Can't wait to listen to this in full. She was amazing last night in Berkeley

Half Japanese Breakfast (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 22 October 2022 22:12 (five months ago) link

Did she play songs from the album? I've been wondering about her setlists, since she started touring before the album was out.

Lily Dale, Sunday, 23 October 2022 05:20 (five months ago) link

she's playing a bunch of the new album on this tour yes

ufo, Sunday, 23 October 2022 05:57 (five months ago) link

ooh bullion co-produced/wrote "bends" and "far away"

ufo, Sunday, 23 October 2022 06:01 (five months ago) link

After one listen, I definitely like The Loneliest Time more than Dedicated, which never really hooked me apart from a couple songs. we'll see how it compares to EMOTION after a few more listens. "Beach House" still sounds out of left field tho, not sure I'll ever really like that song

Vinnie, Sunday, 23 October 2022 07:10 (five months ago) link

"shooting star" reminds me of the last kylie album, i really like it but wish it rode out the coda more

ufo, Tuesday, 25 October 2022 08:12 (four months ago) link

just like with EMOTION, the bonus tracks are amazing. "Anxious" might be better than anything on the album

Vinnie, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 07:33 (four months ago) link

I didn’t realise that was a bonus track, seems odd not to be part of the album to me.

I guess thinking back it’s a classic CRJ move, see “Drive”

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 08:51 (four months ago) link

Heh, I similarly wasn't aware the EMOTION bonus tracks were bonus tracks when I first heard it. I just thought it was a very long, very good album

Vinnie, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 10:08 (four months ago) link

I wish the whole album was co-written by Bullion. Far-away and Bends are great. I want more of that.

Bends to Western Wind is indeed a perfect combo.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 26 October 2022 10:09 (four months ago) link

Xxxpost: maybe CRJ doesn’t know Momus but Bullion might.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 26 October 2022 10:11 (four months ago) link

i don't think "bends" is ripping "voyager" at least

ufo, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 11:11 (four months ago) link

lol at some point it came out that haim co-wrote "making the most of the night" under a pseudonym and i never knew until now?

ufo, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 12:10 (four months ago) link

I finally listened to the song "The Loneliest Time." It sounds like it's going for an Olivia Newton John vibe.

Not hearing Momus per se but it does sounds like german electropop from early 00’s - backing track at least - something like Barbara Morgenstern, Lali Puna, isan… stuff like that.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 26 October 2022 14:38 (four months ago) link

"the loneliest time" is excellent. that and "western wind" outclass everything else on here.

the rest is fine, but those are just excellent!

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 26 October 2022 15:19 (four months ago) link

lol at some point it came out that haim co-wrote "making the most of the night" under a pseudonym and i never knew until now?

Huh I never knew that either. When I heard Sia's version of it, it made perfect sense that she co-wrote - it's a very Sia melody. I'm not sure what part Haim wrote, but the chorus has the quick pace of some of their songs

Vinnie, Wednesday, 26 October 2022 15:48 (four months ago) link

Add my name to the list of ilxors who love "Western Wind". Suggests an alternate universe where she collaborated on an album with Benoit and Sergio.

Don't get the hate for "Beach House"! If No Doubt got back together and released it I'd love it. And I love it this way too

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 29 October 2022 17:20 (four months ago) link

'western wind' definitely one of my songs of the year.

ꙮ (map), Saturday, 29 October 2022 17:30 (four months ago) link

Might be just the pop duet thing but Loneliest Time is giving me vibes of Annie/Jake Shears on Neon Lights

kinder, Saturday, 29 October 2022 18:22 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Okay, late to hearing this, but it really is terrific, especially the back half. Damn. Cut "Beach House" and it comes within swinging distance of flawless, imho. Absolutely love "Western Wind", "Go Find" and "The Loneliest Time" in particular.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 22:52 (four months ago) link

another beach house hater wtf

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 17 November 2022 00:11 (four months ago) link

and he's probably gonna hurt your feelings

enochroot, Thursday, 17 November 2022 01:21 (four months ago) link

It’s not that it’s terrible, it sticks out too much.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 17 November 2022 01:28 (four months ago) link

I don't hate it, it's just not great and sticks out like a sore thumb, ruining the flow.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 17 November 2022 15:08 (four months ago) link

i can sense your hate, don't lie

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 17 November 2022 15:46 (four months ago) link

"Beach House" was a real crowd-pleaser live by the way, a fun moment in the show

erasingclouds, Thursday, 17 November 2022 16:00 (four months ago) link

Being a good live-show tune is definitely what I feel the intention behind Beach House is.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 17 November 2022 16:57 (four months ago) link

I genuinely don't hate it, I would like it more as a standalone single that works great live and shows up on her inevitably killer singles comp. It just takes me out of the album's otherwise great vibe.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 17 November 2022 17:12 (four months ago) link

It’s not that it’s terrible, it sticks out too much.

― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, November 16, 2022 8:28 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

When I stick out, then I stick out too much.

peace, man, Thursday, 17 November 2022 18:39 (four months ago) link

The sequencing on this album is a thing of beauty. I mentioned Bends into Western Wind, but also love Go Find Yourself or Whatever into The Loneliest Time. Bc The Loneliest Time, on its own, is poised on this knife-edge between genuine hope and false hope: it could be a love story, or it could just be the kind of self-deluding fantasy you spin when you're lonely and starting to think it's a good idea to call up your ex. But Go Find Yourself or Whatever is so clearly about being able to hold reality and false hope in your mind at the same time: "Tell me that we'll meet up someday/I'll tell you that I'm no good at tellin' lies," but also, simultaneously, "and I'll wait for you." So that when The Loneliest Time starts after that final "I'll wait for you," the balance tips just slightly in the direction of fantasy: this vision of reuniting, loneliness ended, everything back the way it was and the sun on the water in the morning, it's beautiful but it isn't real.

Lily Dale, Saturday, 19 November 2022 03:16 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

that's so sweet

came by just to say it's clear to me now this is her best work yet. It mightn't even be close.

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 21 December 2022 03:52 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

"bends" is really so good i hope she does a full album with bullion next

ufo, Wednesday, 8 March 2023 12:46 (two weeks ago) link

Ohh that's Bullion producing? Maybe I knew and forgot. The song is great, yes. Doesn't seem her style to do a whole album with one producer, but I do hope they work together again

Vinnie, Wednesday, 8 March 2023 21:31 (two weeks ago) link

"keep away" really should have been on the album instead of beach house

ufo, Thursday, 9 March 2023 01:08 (two weeks ago) link

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