The Bottom Line
"This Kiss" is not a repeat of the pop perfection of Carly Rae Jepsen's breakout hit "Call Me Maybe." However, it is abundant proof that her success is no fluke. Solid lyrics are enveloped by a bright, perky pop production that will find its way into your head very quickly. Carly Rae Jepsen is a major pop talent.
- Clever lyrics
- Clean, pure pop music
- Carly Rae Jepsen's solid girly lyrics
- It's all very light and fluffy
- Written by Carly Rae Jepsen, Matthew Koma, Kelly Covell, and Stefan Kendal Gordy
- Produced by Matthew Koma
- Released September 2012 by Schoolboy Records
Guide Review - Carly Rae Jepsen - "This Kiss"
It is a forbidden love, both protagonists are engaged in relationships with others, but, oh, that kiss! Carly Rae Jepsen depicts the feelings of excitement and danger when you realize someone who is out of reach knows how to set your heart aflutter. Like in the previous hit "Call Me Maybe," this romantic entanglement is delivered with no gimmicks and in words that are perfectly safe for children. "This Kiss" is pop music pure and simple.
Redfoo of the pop-dance duo LMFAO contributed to the record, and it has the upbeat party feel LMFAO are known for. Big synth chords propel the song forward. However, "This Kiss" has a sweetness delivered by mellow bell tones and guitar notes that softens the song for a pop radio audience. Carly Rae Jepsen's voice has a girly feel that endears her to young pop fans. Remixes of "This Kiss" are likely to make the song ready for the dance floor.
A clear trademark of Carly Rae Jepsen from both "This Kiss" and "Call Me Maybe" are clever lyrics. "This Kiss" is very simple in its sentiment, but the rhyming of words like "detrimental" and "sentimental" raise it above the level of other bland pop fare. All of the elements of additional pop success seem to be here. "This Kiss" is an outstanding taster for the upcoming album Kiss. Carly Rae Jepsen's pop hit streak should continue.