“Cut to the Feeling”: Carly Rae Jepsen Offers a Warm, Familiar Embrace
Good things come to those who wait — for the international release of French-Canadian animated films after nearly a year, to be exact.
In the year 2016, Godly Raemmaculate Jepselegend, vers queen and star of stage and screen and studio, lent her LGBTQ agenda-pushing vocals to a ‘3D computer-animated musical adventure comedy film’ called Ballerina (which will come out in America as Leap! this August), playing the part of Odette, “a mysterious cleaning woman with a limp and former prima ballerina.” (Don’t take my word for it: I’m pulling descriptions straight from objective news source, Wikipedia.)
Ever-giving Queen of Critically Hailed, Commercially Underappreciated Pop that she is, Carly supplied not one, but two songs for the film: “Runaways,” not to be confused with The Best Song of 2015, “Run Away With Me,” and “Cut to the Feeling,” which was originally an E•MO•TION contender, and then a Side B contender, until Carly decided it was simply too much. (Can you even fathom?)
“It was almost too cinematic and theatrical,” she told EW. “I was like, ‘If I had my way with it, this would be great for a musical or movie!'”
And so, she had her way.
Much like all things CRJ, “Cut to the Feeling” is a Kylie-style gut-punch of gay; a fistful of flamboyance, a slap across the face of sissy — which is to say it’s super sparkly, feel-good and breathlessly earnest. There’s a brief sample of Madonna‘s “Lucky Star” synth sparkle in the first second, for God’s sake.
“I wanna play where you play with the angels / I wanna wake up with you all in tangles, oh / I wanna cut to the feeling!”
Yet again, Carly’s channeled that uniquely dizzying feeling of falling for someone into song with that hold-on-to-your-butts pre-chorus blast-off: “Take me to the stars, just like…ah-AHH!”
Does anyone love the feeling of falling in love more than Carly Rae Jepsen? I think not.
As with the rest of E•MO•TION, which — panic — she references in the bridge (“take me to E•MO•TION, I want to go all the way“), “Cut to the Feeling” doesn’t slack on serving up a sizable chorus. (Lord knows, these queens want nothing more than a big, throbbing hook.)
But don’t get too worked up about a new era or anything: this is just a one-off from a movie to keep the stans (temporarily) entertained whilst the Queen prepares her potentially disco era-inspired follow-up record, with over 50 songs done and counting at current estimation.
But at a time when the world so desperately needs the sonic equivalent of a hug, Carly came through.