Carly Rae Jepsen’s Reign Continues with New Single, “This Kiss”

by Bradley Stern

After effectively swallowing the entire world in a swirling, hellish firestorm of Tumblr memes, endless shirtless bro parodies, and complete and utter radio, Billboard chart and award show domination thanks to the catchiest song of, well, ever (“Call Me Maybe”), Canadian chanteuse Carly Rae Jepsen has finally released the follow-up (that isn’t her collaboration with Owl City, “Good Time”) to her colossal summer smash: “This Kiss.”

Co-produced by Matthew Koma and RedFoo of LMFAO (the one whose head Madonna straddled during the Superbowl performance), the gleeful pop number bounces along on top of a slap-happy, ’80’s-esque synthesizer pulse with Katy Perry-esque hooks and all the sugary-sweet conviction of a J-Pop smash, similar to Mya‘s “Fabulous Life.”

“This kiss is something I can’t resist,” the 26-year-old Canadian chanteuse croons. The blissfully uptempo throwback, one of sixteen tracks from Jepsen’s forthcoming album Kiss out next week (which, according to a statement from the singer, was “inspired by Robyn, the Cars, Madonna, and believe it or not, James Taylor”), keeps Jepsen’s happy-go-lucky spree of lovey-doveyness coming for another round.

It’s a solid track, although it surely won’t make as much of an impact as “Call Me Maybe” (the song lacks a supremely dorky hook, after all.) Still, “This Kiss” is enough of a cut to ensure that the Mizz Jepsen’s far from becoming a one-hit wonder.

So reinforce the windows and start heading down into the basement now–another Carly Rae Jepstorm approaches.

(Also, Faith Hill has to be, like…so totally pissed.)

“This Kiss” was released on September 10. (iTunes)

  • Lance

    Just when you thought no one could get more frivolous than Katy Perry….
    I’ll take the Faith Hill version any day.

  • Kyle

    It’s unnerving how much this song reminds me of HummingBird Heartbeat. It seems like a carbon copy

  • Steve Z.

    I like it. I think this is one of the most authentic 80s nostalgia tracks from a mainstream artist. Carly knows how to work a guilty pleasure. Her voice is charismatic and girlish (as opposed to just girly) without being too saccharine. But it’s risky releasing this in the fall. They really needed to work out giving her a summer album and a series of summer singles. Maybe the album took a while to finish? But I’ll take Carly over the other poptarts; she pulls of bubble gum without trying so hard or being cocky, like she overestimates how good she is (Hear that One Direction? of course not. You’re too busy being successful).

  • http://twitter.com/charliekelso C. K.

    makes me feel like I’m living a teenage dream.

  • No

    I understand joking comparisons between this and Faith Hill’s song under
    the same title, but to call the other “Faith’s version” is just dumb.
    They’re not related at all. Do you think Faith was upset when a million
    other songs were titled “Breathe”? Ugh. Just SAY you don’t like it!
    Besides, Faith didn’t write “This Kiss” anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/JoshuaPingley Joshua Pingley

    I love the disco feel of the track. I have a feeling “Kiss” is going to be one of the standout albums of the year.