Take my hand reader, I’d like to to take you to a magical place; a land of wonder, bliss and Carly Rae Jepsen. Yes I am talking about 2012. Now, if you’d permit me, I’d like to revisit my second ever blog and examine how the musical landscape has changed since those heady days of Psy and Joseph Kony.
It has almost been a year to the day since I wrote my public love letter to Ms. Jepsen. The first question the reader should be asking themselves is, Where the hell has she gone?
If you’re hoping to find her I wouldn’t recommend the music charts.
This time last year, it was almost impossible to turn on a music channel without seeing “Call Me Maybe” and the amusing accompanying music video. Despite my appreciation for catchy pop music, I was unimpressed with the rest of her EP, and in my brief review I gave it a scathing, ‘4 shirtless gardeners out of 10’.
Later in the year Ms. Jepsen released a full album called The Kiss, it boasted 16 tracks; 15 of which weren’t titled “Call Me Maybe”. I’ll tell you now, I have only listened to, maybe, 60% of it, and that was back when it was released in September. Despite my hazy memory of The Kiss, I am certain that I didn’t like it.
I’m a busy guy, I can’t afford to take an hour out of my schedule of TV watching to listen to a 27 year old woman sing about being a teenage girl. I listen to hip-hop, almost exclusively. Songs about drug dealing and violence are staples of my music diet, so I found it difficult to stay focused on an album that had tracks called “Tiny Little Bows” and “I Know You Have a Girlfriend”, no thank you Carly.
“Call Me Maybe” represents the high point in Ms. Jepsen’s career, both as a recording artist and songwriter, a fact that is either hilarious or depressing.
I was very fond of Fun’s Some Nights and Ben Howard’s Every Kingdom, and I still regularly listen to tracks from both albums. Taking this into consideration I will revise my original score for Every Kingdom from ‘a solid 8 wolves out of 10’, to 9 Black Flies(?) out of 10. I also thought that Howard’s follow up EP, Burgh Island was excellent; in fact it was so good that I took the time to download each song individually from a YouTube ripper, that’s dedication, my friends.
On a side-note, I can’t understand why people dislike fun., I mean I received actual complaints for giving their album 9 out of 10 last year. In a blog that included a sincere review of Carly Rae Jepsen’s EP, people were most offended by the score I gave to Some Nights. I think I need to attract new readers.
Anyway after much thought, I am sticking to my guns. I have no idea what people expect from a band called fun., a band that looks like this:
Once again, the band is called fun. You can’t expect music that challenges the political establishment, or the very fabric of our society. Instead you have three gentlemen singing about having a good time, and that’s fine by me.
Fun. performed in the UK a few times last year, and would you believe that on three separate occasions I was unable to find a single friend who was interested in accompanying me. How sad is that? Where did they go wrong? Was it the harmonies? Was it the heartfelt lyrics about human emotion? Perhaps it was Nate Ruess’ powerful voice. Either way, it is one year later and I am still baffled by people’s dislike of fun..
If I am ever going to address 2013 I should wrap up my retrospective of 2012, and I will do so with my top 5 albums: