By Gavin Callow
Call Me Maybe
This bubbly teen pop single was released and performed by Carly Rae Jepsen in the US on 22 February 2012. Originally it was written as a folk song, but was altered to combine features of disco and dance-pop resulting in an original, impeccable pop song. Essentially the song follows a girl who has a moderately cliché experience of love at first sight and her endeavour at getting her crush to give her a phone call. If one were to view the music video one would be at the receiving end to the conclusion of the entire ordeal. There have been several critics whom have branded Call Me Maybe as ‘fluffy’.
To them I would like to appeal this notion by stating that this particular song has had commercial success in multitude of countries, such as Australia, the US, Denmark and Ireland, reaching the number one position on various playlists. True fans of pop will enjoy how Call Me Maybe’s instrumental organisation, melodious decoration and poetic structure catch ones attention from the commencement. Apart from the fact that it has had tremendous success in a number of countries and personal opinion, this song has also been attributed as one of the best-selling digital singles of all time.Tug of War
Tug of War was released on 16 September 2008 0n iTunes with the music video being released in January 2009. Alongside this single (which was also the title of Carly Rae Jepsen’s debut album, the singles Bucket and Sunshine on My Shoulders were released too. It is Carly Rae Jepsen’s debut single after she featured on Canadian Idol in which she came overall third. This Indie rock song found its way to the Canadian Hot 100 and peaked at position 36.
The song is centered on a girl’s bid for some attention from the person she loves and his reluctance in doing so. As she did years afterwards this song sticks to the same basic principle as Call Me Maybe. It has taken a relatively serious situation that most people, supposedly teenagers more than any other, can relate to. Coupled with the single’s upbeat melody and feel-good nature it results in a pleasant audible experience.