Reviews are pouring in for the newest effort by Carly Rae Jepsen. I've comprised some of the reviews and standout quotes from each review below.
USA Today gives it a glowing review.
Where “Dedication” does succeed over “Emotion,” though, is Jepsen’s total commitment to the ‘80s-pop aesthetic she explored on her previous album. While Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and many of her other pop peers looked toward hip-hop on their most recent albums, “Dedication” doubles down on the synths, vocoders and new-wave guitars for an album that seems entirely cast in soft-focus.
Standout tracks: Party For One, Too Much and Julien.
Newsday rates it 4 out of 4 stars.
Her mix of earnestness and vulnerability makes the closing dance anthem “Real Love” work, creating a more radio-friendly cousin to Robyn’s powerful “Honey” from last year. And just like “Honey,” Jepsen’s “Dedicated” is destined for numerous best-of lists this year.
Standout Tracks: Want You In My Room, I'll Be Your Girl and Real Love.
Irish Times rates it 4 out of 5.
Lifting our sorrows while addressing her own, Jepsen grants us salvation through pop. Committed? No. Dedicated.
Standout tracks: Everything He Needs, Too Much and Right Words Wrong Time.
Loud and Quiet rates it 6 out of 10.
As solid a collection as Dedicated undoubtedly is, it’s missing the magic that made Emotion such a cultural phenomenon. Without it, Jepsen seems destined to remain a cult curiosity for the foreseeable future. But then perhaps that’s how she likes it.
Standout tracks: Too Much, Feel Right and The Sound.
Consequence of Sound gives it a B rating.
Unlike other pop stars of her stature, Carly Rae Jepsen has always lacked a single defining trait to signify who she is as a person, writing songs about general and relatable romantic experiences while keeping her personal life fairly private. On Dedicated, Jepsen still writes about similar experiences, but she’s let us into her head more than ever before. She’s confident enough about her thoughts and her abilities to open up about her life, which is shown by the confidence she expresses within the actual songs.
Standout tracks: The Sound, For Sure, Now That I Found You and Too Much
Clash Music rates it 8 out of 10.
’Dedicated’ is a joyride of anthemic melodies and fist-pumping bangers that see Jepsen at the top of her game. Revolving in a shimmering cloud of ‘80s synth, bouncy bass and progressive percussion, she has certified herself as a serious contender in the pop arena.
Standout tracks: Feels Right, Real Love and The Sound.
The album is out now in many areas. Have you listened yet?