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 (two weeks ago) link


imago, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 17:17 (two weeks ago) link


Murgatroid, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 17:18 (two weeks ago) link

Holy shit

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

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

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 19:13 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link

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

Vinnie, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 23:08 (two weeks ago) link

Is that some kinda cryptocurrency thing?

peace, man, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 00:57 (one week ago) link

here for CRJ's version of

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

Is that some kinda cryptocurrency thing?

Close... Elon Musk's latest child

Vinnie, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 04:58 (one week ago) link

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

Vinnie, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 05:00 (one week ago) link

Mods plz dlt user

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 09:28 (one week ago) link

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

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

mod fix plz?

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

Karl Ray Jetson

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

Curly Joe Jackson

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

Carly Ray Vaughan

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 (one week ago) link

hmm this is mediocre

ufo, Thursday, 4 August 2022 22:07 (one week ago) link

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

J. Sam, Thursday, 4 August 2022 23:07 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

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

ufo, Friday, 5 August 2022 04:07 (one week ago) link

was expecting a lot worse based on the reaction to it

Murgatroid, Friday, 5 August 2022 04:23 (one week ago) link

heh it's actually worse than I was expecting

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

the more i listen the more i hate it

ufo, Friday, 5 August 2022 04:31 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

Aqua is a good comparison

You have my attention.

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 5 August 2022 09:48 (one week ago) link

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

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 5 August 2022 09:58 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

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

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 5 August 2022 12:06 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link


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

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

Vinnie, Friday, 5 August 2022 15:20 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) link

brad otm about it sounding like jessie j lol

ufo, Friday, 5 August 2022 19:15 (one week ago) link

New article.

Despite the more maudlin theme, The Loneliest Time is wide-ranging. While her 2015 hit album Emotion was embedded in 80s synth-pop and its polished follow-up Dedicated mainly took its influence from sultry 70s disco, lately Jepsen has been less conscious of the decades she’s been moving between. “I had the playground of all the eras to jump from, and this was more just writing from the heart, in whatever direction the songs wanted to go,” she explains of the new album. She was also more intentional about the lyrical content not just being about a boy or nursing a crush. Instead, she became more self-reflective and analytical of her own behaviours. “It excited me to have those moments of flirtation on the new album, but also broaden the spectrum of what the subject of a pop song was allowed to be,” she declares.

The Loneliest Time sees the pop star breaking the mould again. Jepsen’s insatiable curiosity is what’s helped her remain a creative force, and on this record, that meant mixing the wistful 80s pop of Belinda Carlisle with horn-flanked funk numbers and victorious disco jaunts. But it was also important for her to not be seen as one-dimensional. For instance, recent single Beach House is the antithesis of the soothing ambience of Western Wind. One of the singer’s most playful tracks, it’s a campy pop anthem that finds Jepsen and her bandmates larping as boys going on bad dates. “This is a song for the girls!” she asserts with a wide grin. It also features some of her most absurd lyrics. “It was the shortest straw-pull for who had to sing, ‘I’ve got a lake house in Canada, I’m going to come harvest your organs,’” she snickers about the song’s lyrics. But while the track veers toward being lighthearted, there are harsh realities within it. “I wanted to highlight that feeling when you’re disenchanted after being on a dating app for a hot minute to be like, ‘That guy’s just going to… he’s going to wreck me.’”

peace, man, Saturday, 6 August 2022 12:55 (one week ago) link

The video has sold the song to me a bit more.

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 12 August 2022 16:53 (four days ago) link

Listening to it again I often wonder what it was like for OG Gary Numan fans circa 1982 or so. I wasn't turned on to Gary Numan's vibe until the late 1990s, just when he finally got his mojo back, but from essentially 1981 until the one-two punch of Sacrifice in 1994 and Exile in 1997 he was a nobody. I have the impression that by the late 1980s his OG fans had moved on, but there was a period post-Telekon when he was in theory a major pop star, albeit only in the UK, but with an increasingly limited mainstream appeal.

And yet his fans stuck with him, because they could remember the first time they saw "Are Friends Electric" on the Old Grey Whistle Test or whatever. They could remember how it made them feel and they wanted to recapture that. Just like the first time I had a Dragonflight and a click frenzy in Cookie Clicker. I will never recapture that feeling, but I remember that I had it. I remember what it was like. I eventually found out I could maximise my clicks by sacrificing grandmas, but it didn't feel the same.

I came to the Carly Rae Jepsen music machine much later in life, but I clearly remember the point in time when it dawned on me that "Call Me Maybe" was one of the greatest pop songs of the early twenty-first century, alongside Death Grips' "I've Seen Footage". I remember exactly where I was. The surroundings. The thing is that while Gary Numan had some good tracks on I, Assassin and even Warriors he then settled into a rut where each album had one good single, one good b-side, and lots of filler, and that's the feeling I have with this new song. It's like "I Still Remember" or "My World Storm" or something.

Ashley Pomeroy, Friday, 12 August 2022 20:49 (four days ago) link

The video is delightful. I didn't think much of the song as a song, but as a comedy sketch it's great.

Lear, Tolstoy, and the Jack of Hearts (Lily Dale), Saturday, 13 August 2022 14:45 (three days ago) link

Sorry but I don’t think Carly has it in her to make as many godawful album covers as Numan, which if you ask me was half the experience

frogbs, Saturday, 13 August 2022 16:30 (three days ago) link

Ok, music video is great. Almost makes me like the song.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 13 August 2022 16:59 (three days ago) link

I didn't think much of the song as a song, but as a comedy sketch it's great.

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