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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen - Both Sides Now

"I've looked at life from both sides now"

There's a reason I love watching singing competitions. Sure, there's a ton of crap to wade through, but every once and awhile you unearth a gem. Sometimes it takes these gems awhile to find success (Swedish Idol's Loreen, who will now represent her country in Eurovision with a massive European hit), and sometimes it's pretty instant (UK X-Factor's One Direction, who will debut at number one this week in the US). Carly Rae Jepsen is in the former camp. Sure, she's had some nice success in her home country after participating in Canadian Idol a few years back. But now she's got a worldwide hit on her hands. Being allied with fellow Canadian Justin Bieber certainly helps, but I prefer to think the quality of the song has something to do with it too. Jepsen's new EP is out now and among the original tracks is a wonderfully poppy cover of Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now. I'm sure some purists will scoff at the radio-friendliness of it all, but a good song is a good song. I love the original, but I like the driving pop production of this too.

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Anonymous Gerd said...

I love the EP and this cover! But I think it doesn't help for her reputation that she is connected to Justin Bieber ;-)

2:25 AM  
Blogger Amelia Bedelia said...

Regardless of what kind of music he makes, no one can deny that Justin Bieber is one talented kid. He spotted Carly Rae from a mile away which should tell us she's got something. This girl is the real deal. Her live acoustic (and self-written) stuff is enough to leave any music buff stunned- Bieber fan or not.

12:17 PM  

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