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Album Review: Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated Side B

She’s come a long way as an artist since “Call Me Maybe.”
This is what my mother says, in a Facebook comment, after I’ve shared a link to the song, “Heartbeat,” one of 12 tracks from Carly Rae Jepsen’s surprise release Dedicated Side B, a collection of additional material recorded during the sessions for Dedicated, her 2019 effort that was, as it happens, released exactly a year prior.
And yes, of course, Jepsen, now 34, has come along way from the Canadian pop music1 obscurity she was able to propel herself out of with the internationally ubiquitous 2012 single, “Call Me Maybe.”
But in response, all I can say is, “‘Call Me Maybe’ is a bop, though.”
And it is. Of course it is. Even as ‘overplayed’ as it may have been during the summer of 2012—it’s tie-in to that year’s summer Olympics certainly didn’t help how inescapable it was. But it’s status as ‘a bop’ isn’t even subjective—it is, objectively, an incredibly well put together pop song.
Earlier in the day, two hours after Jepsen announce…

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