From Carly Simon to Carly Rae Jepsen. Sounds about right for this blog. I know I haven't found the time to review it - and probably never will - but I'm obsessed with Kiss. The Biebus-approved Canadian pop princess delivers a SAW-era Kylie album (massive compliment) at a time when most bitches are singing about being gang-banged. There's a refreshing innocence about the whole affair that sets it apart and "This Kiss" is as good an example as any of what the album has to offer.
Produced by Redfoo (the sexy half of LMFAO) and the 26-year-old's boyfriend Matthew Koma, the song is basically about being attracted to someone who is not your boyfriend. If they gave this to Rihanna, she'd be singing about being fucked up the arse in a toilet cubicle while her man, mother and grandparents observe. Carly, on the other hand, just dances with the dude and then laments "I couldn't, I couldn't!" You just know she ran to church and confessed her sins after leaving the club.
I was expecting an equally candy-coated video but "The Kiss" is a fairly generic club clip, which is disappointing. If you're going to release a pop tune fit for a Disney princess, you might as well compliment it with an equally over-the-top visual. Instead, Carly just goes to the club with friends, looks incredibly awkward and jumps into a pool at the end. That's literally it.
The video (below) is put together competently enough and Justin Bieber's cash cow looks cute but she's just come off one of the biggest hits of 2012. Why wouldn't they throw more money and imagination at the follow-up? I feel like I've seen this 100 times before. Oh well. "This Kiss" is still a great song and I hope it's a hit. Carly is a breath of fresh air and girls with promise rings need pop stars too.
Song: 9/10, Video: 6/10