Carly Rae Jepsen - The Loveliest Time / The Loneliest Time

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I have until this afternoon to plan my work holidays and I just know Carly will announce a EU tour the second I submit that wretched .xlsx

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Looking at the footage I took last night ... Wow...She thrives on a sizable stage so much!!!! She really belongs there...Compared to the last time I saw her in a glorified basement (which was still super fun) this is how a Carly show should be...She's a superstar performer!!!
 
Last night was super fun, but I have kind of complex feelings about her as a performer and potentially the cultural space she occupies at this point more generally.

I feel she really pushed the boundaries of her artistry on Dedicated / Side B and even more so on The Loneliest Time. I feel she has really developed a more mature sound, and pushed sonic boundaries. The alt-pop sound of Far Away… the Tame Impala-esque inspiration of songs like Summer Love and Anxious… the joyous disco of The Loneliest Time… the otherworldly ambience of songs like No Thinking Over the Weekend and Now I Don’t Hate California.

So I suppose from me there’s a small degree of disappointment that this doesn’t really seem to be translating into her live shows? I really do feel at this point she could do with retiring Call Me Maybe, most of Emotion, and Cut to the Feeling. Is it not time to start showcasing her artistic growth more in the live sphere?

I almost feel she is now as much in danger of becoming a different version of what she was previously trying to avoid - being pigeonholed as the Call Me Maybe girl - except instead, being paralyzed in the shadow of Emotion. How many more times do we need Cut to the Feeling as a closer?

I fully appreciate it probably is songs like Call Me Maybe and Run Away With Me that sell the tickets, but on the other hand I feel she could do with carrying over the boundary-pushing of her latest albums into her live sets, and stop being so risk averse.

Maybe I’m just pressed she didn’t do Bad Thing Twice and Sideways, who knows!
 
I guess if you’ve seen her a few times that feeling inevitably creeps in. Bowie stopped playing the hits live in 1990 and everyone complained for years. She would have to deal with more of this if she went down that route I fear.

 
Emotion and Dedicated is still the bulk of her discography - I think as we get more from her thats perhaps similar to Loneliest Time then maybe she’ll start to take out some of the old faves and stalwarts.

I could do without Call Me Maybe/Cut To The Feeling (though they bring me so much joy still) but Run Away With Me remains untouchable for me.
 
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Last night was super fun, but I have kind of complex feelings about her as a performer and potentially the cultural space she occupies at this point more generally.

I feel she really pushed the boundaries of her artistry on Dedicated / Side B and even more so on The Loneliest Time. I feel she has really developed a more mature sound, and pushed sonic boundaries. The alt-pop sound of Far Away… the Tame Impala-esque inspiration of songs like Summer Love and Anxious… the joyous disco of The Loneliest Time… the otherworldly ambience of songs like No Thinking Over the Weekend and Now I Don’t Hate California.

So I suppose from me there’s a small degree of disappointment that this doesn’t really seem to be translating into her live shows? I really do feel at this point she could do with retiring Call Me Maybe, most of Emotion, and Cut to the Feeling. Is it not time to start showcasing her artistic growth more in the live sphere?

I almost feel she is now as much in danger of becoming a different version of what she was previously trying to avoid - being pigeonholed as the Call Me Maybe girl - except instead, being paralyzed in the shadow of Emotion. How many more times do we need Cut to the Feeling as a closer?

I fully appreciate it probably is songs like Call Me Maybe and Run Away With Me that sell the tickets, but on the other hand I feel she could do with carrying over the boundary-pushing of her latest albums into her live sets, and stop being so risk averse.

Maybe I’m just pressed she didn’t do Bad Thing Twice and Sideways, who knows!
This is literally exactly how I feel and I had to double check I didn’t accidentally create a whole new account and write this in a fever-dream. I was saying to my cousin after the show on Sunday that I really wish she wouldn’t fall into the niche of being known as the “Call Me Maybe” or “EMOTION” act, as she’s artistically grown so much.

I was honestly disappointed about the almost equal ratio of The Loneliest Time to EMOTION songs for a tour named after a track from her newest album and I’d happily have all of the frequently played EMOTION songs put on a back burner for a couple of years (I’ll make an exception for Run Away With Me) so she’d have space and time to explore other gems in her catalogue here. Especially given that we weren’t able to experience Dedicated Side B over here.

Half the reason I went to see her is twice this tour was the slight possibility that I’d experience more musically, but ultimately with the track list being smaller…I experienced less.

I fully understand that to the general public (and even some here) that our particular complaints are blasphemy and I generally have very similar feeling about Ellie’s gigs last week (and for the last 9 years). I wish more artists would consider doing what Robbie Williams did with his Under The Radar gig: zero hits, nothing but album tracks, b-sides and even songs that haven’t been touched live before.
 
I feel like, from the Dublin show, the majority of the audience had such a good time they would go see her again. I think she has the ratio of fan favourites to hits as close to perfect as it can be. And ultimately she needs people to buy the tickets... and not doing Call me Maybe would be very obtuse.

Edit: I also get the impression she is just really happy that people like everything from Emotion so much, and she does it for the joy she gets back... not out of obligation. I also think Emotion wasn't as big a hit to the GP as we feel it is... like it had 2 Europe tour dates and both were in London. She actually hasnt toured to Dublin or the other UK cities before as far as I know so that also plays a part in it.
 
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The joy of Carly Rae Jepsen is that she can write wonderful pop songs that are extremely sincere and earnest. Her past eras that were poppier are not any less essential or less "artistic".

Like ugh she’s playing her jaunty lil pop music instead of the sonically challenging songs like Sideways!
 
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I mean, I think she'll play the songs that people love. I think they will slowly get taken out but I think Cut To The Feeling and Call Me Maybe will be on most setlists... If I had to sit through Store on the Dedicated tour, I think the rest can be handled. It's a semi-joke (I don't get the appeal of that song) but when she has better songs that could take it's spot... Your Type would have been welcomed.
 
Last night was super fun, but I have kind of complex feelings about her as a performer and potentially the cultural space she occupies at this point more generally.

I feel she really pushed the boundaries of her artistry on Dedicated / Side B and even more so on The Loneliest Time. I feel she has really developed a more mature sound, and pushed sonic boundaries. The alt-pop sound of Far Away… the Tame Impala-esque inspiration of songs like Summer Love and Anxious… the joyous disco of The Loneliest Time… the otherworldly ambience of songs like No Thinking Over the Weekend and Now I Don’t Hate California.

So I suppose from me there’s a small degree of disappointment that this doesn’t really seem to be translating into her live shows? I really do feel at this point she could do with retiring Call Me Maybe, most of Emotion, and Cut to the Feeling. Is it not time to start showcasing her artistic growth more in the live sphere?

I almost feel she is now as much in danger of becoming a different version of what she was previously trying to avoid - being pigeonholed as the Call Me Maybe girl - except instead, being paralyzed in the shadow of Emotion. How many more times do we need Cut to the Feeling as a closer?

I fully appreciate it probably is songs like Call Me Maybe and Run Away With Me that sell the tickets, but on the other hand I feel she could do with carrying over the boundary-pushing of her latest albums into her live sets, and stop being so risk averse.

Maybe I’m just pressed she didn’t do Bad Thing Twice and Sideways, who knows!
Sorry but no. Retiring Call Me Maybe and most of Emotion (and especially Run Away With Me, her best song ever) is blasphemy. Fans love to hear the more obscure songs but let's not forget that people pay money to hear her hits too.

On a side note, RAWM should be on every Carly setlist.
 
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