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on May 31, 2017, 2:00pm

09. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Cut to the Feeling”

It shouldn’t be a complete surprise that “Cut to the Feeling” is so strong, particularly because it leaked a couple months ago to the delight of Carly Rae Jepsen fans everywhere. But still, considering the strength of the album whose sessions it was taken from, Emotion, and that she already released a B-sides collection that this also didn’t make the cut for, you have to wonder if there is anyone else producing as much quality pop music in bulk as Jepsen is right now. “Cut to the Feeling” isn’t just a holdover. It’s a bright, exuberant anthem that’s as playful and undeniable as any of Jepsen’s recent work. It’s easy to wonder just how many more of these types of songs Jepsen has sitting around, ready for a soundtrack (this one is for the film Leap!), but “Cut to the Feeling” is also a one-of-a-kind proposition. At her best, Jepsen crafts pop music that both fits into a great oeuvre and stands confidently on its own. It’s music to boost confidence and inspire. It’s pop at its most pure. –Philip Cosores


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