Carly Rae Jepsen New Album 'Kiss' Track By Track Guide

Join Capital as we review the new album from Justin Bieber's protege, the girl behind the hit of the summer 'Call Me Maybe'.

Carly Rae Jepsen has released her long awaited new album 'Kiss', after months of hype following the huge success of her summer smash 'Call Me Maybe' , and Capital is here with a track by track guide to the Canadian pop star's new record.

'Kiss' was released in the UK this week (17th September) and sees Carly bringing her infectious brand of power pop across twelve unique tracks, including collaborations with both Owl City and 'Boyfriend' singer and mentor Justin Bieber.

Carly has promised a record all about "love flirtation and the beginning of things",  and names tile track 'This Kiss' as her favourite record from the newly released album.

Check out Capital's track by track guide to Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Kiss' below and let us know which songs are your favourite:

'Tiny Little Bows'

The opening track to Carly's new record 'Kiss' gets things off to a great start and shows listeners exactly what they are in for; instantly catchy bubblegum pop. Comparisons to 'Call Me Maybe' aside, 'Tiny Little Bows' is an honest, up-tempo love song that sees Carly singing, "i wish we could be holding hands", and set a feel good tone for the whole album.

'This Kiss'

This song is notable not just because it's the title track on the album but also because LMFAO's RedFoo co-produced the record, which is set to serve as Carly's third single. 'This Kiss' is undoubtedly one of the standout tracks of the album boasting huge synths and a memorable chorus that sees Carly showing a bit more of an edge than she did on previous singles 'Call Me Maybe' of 'Good Time'. It may well be third times a charm for the singer-songwriter with this ode to teen love.

'Call Me Maybe'

Arguably one of the most popular tracks of the year, as well as the most covered, Carly's breakthrough smash 'Call Me Maybe' has been dominating the airwaves across the world ever since its release and has become one of the songs of the summer. The song's hook will stick in your head for weeks on end and sees Carly ushering in a new age of bubblegum pop for the next generation. Find us someone who hasn't been caught out singing this behind their desk at school or work and we'll call you a liar. The song has helped propel Carly into pop stardom and serves as a great lynchpin for the sound of 'Kiss' as a whole.

'Curiosity'

In what is sure to be a crowd pleaser on Carly's next tour, 'Curiosity' shows off a different side to the singer's talent as she invests in a strong beat, heavy synths and great production for the fourth track on 'Kiss'. The song's hook may not be as strong as others on the record but the switch to a more dance-oriented sound is a welcome change for the 26 year-old singer-songwriter's new album.

'Good Time' Featuring Owl City

Carly's second release had the unenviable task of following her juggernaut of a single 'Call Me Maybe', so the Canadian star tasked singer-songwriter Adam Young from Owl City to join her on 'Good Time'. The song is unashamedly happy in both its sound and lyrical content and marks another of the year's big summer hits (the other being the aforementioned 'Call Me Maybe'), with the video even seeing Carly and Adam heading out for a camping trip with friends. 'Good Time' boasts a strong sing along chorus and a great pace, as well as making good use of 'Fireflies' singer Adam as a duet partner for Carly.

'More Than A Memory'

Carly slows things down for the midway point of 'Kiss' as she looks back on a failed relationship and wonders whether the feelings will remain and be 'More Than A Memory'. The song sees the singer getting serious on her listeners as she wonders whether her and a former love made a mistake, saying "I let go of you, you let go of me", and questioning their decision. 'More Than A Memory' has more than a few elements in common with Katy Perry's 'The One That Got Away', both in lyrical content and overall tone, which is definitely a good thing.

'Turn Me Up'

Boasting a similar sound to earlier track 'Good Time', 'Turn Me Up' sees Carly looking for the positive side to a break-up and forgetting about her woes on the dance floor. With what seems to be becoming Carly's trademark synths the star achieves a bouncy, song number on this song, reminiscent of music from the likes of Kylie Minogue.

'Hurt So Good'

The pace picks up again for 'Kiss' on Carly's crush anthem 'Hurt So Good'. The track has a bit more of an eighties feel than the rest of the record, and sees Carly declaring, "When you walking into a room, I can't speak and I can't move", to a platonic friend she is harbouring a secret crush on.

'Beautiful' Featuring Justin Bieber

No doubt one of the reasons many Justin Bieber fans will pick up 'Kiss' is for their first listen to his due with protege Carly, on the calming acoustic team-up 'Beautiful'. The song clearly stands out from the rest of the album, in the best possible way, offering a different sound for the Canadian pop star as she and Justin bounce off each other throughout the love song. "What makes you so beautiful, is you don't know how beautiful you are to me", the stars each croon before singing over the top of each other for the song's rousing climax.

Check out a picture of Carly Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber together at the MuchMusic Video Awards 2012 in Canada earlier this year below (Credit: Twitter):

'Tonight I'm Getting Over You'

Carly kicks things straight back into high gear with her break-up anthem 'Tonight I'm Getting Over You', which wouldn't sound out of place at a teen rave. The track features a fist-pumping chorus backed with a heavy beat and a new vitriolic side to Carly's voice than we've heard before. "I want to touch your heart, I want to crush it in my hands," Carly threatens, in what sounds like a potential dance floor hit if the 'Call Me Maybe' singer eventually releases it.

'Guitar String / Wedding Ring'

The album's penultimate track ropes in the guitars for a more pop-rock oriented song that brings in some unusual synths for the rhythmic chorus of, "If you cut a piece of guitar string, I would wear it like it's a wedding ring". The song is an honest declaration of love and allows Carly to show off a more raw vocal than listeners will be used to on her recent singles.

'Your Heart Is A Muscle'

The album's penultimate track ropes in the guitars for a more pop-rock oriented song that brings in some unusual synths for the rhythmic chorus of, "If you cut a piece of guitar string, I would wear it like it's a wedding ring". The song is an honest declaration of love and allows Carly to show off a more raw vocal than listeners will be used to on her recent singles.

View the official album artwork for Carly Rae Jepsen's new album 'Kiss' below:
Carly Rae Jepsen - 'Kiss' Album Cover
 
Carly Rae Jepsen's brand new album 'Kiss' is available to download now.