~ Release group by Carly Rae Jepsen


Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Kiss CD 13 604 Records, Interscope Records, School Boy Records 0602537153541 602537153541
Kiss Digital Media 16 604 Records, Interscope Records, School Boy Records
Kiss CD 13 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 3715354 602537153541
Kiss CD 12 604 Records, Interscope Records, School Boy Records B0017363-02 602537136797
Kiss CD 18 604 Records, Interscope Records, School Boy Records UICS-9133 4988005728913
Kiss Digital Media 18 School Boy Records
Kiss Digital Media 16 Universal Music Canada 25396 04002 825396040023
Kiss (deluxe edition) CD 16 604 Records, Interscope Records, School Boy Records 0602537153534 602537153534
Kiss (tour edition) Digital Media 28 School Boy Records 602537286881
Kiss CD 12 825396039225


associated singles/EPs: Call Me Maybe
Good Time by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
This Kiss
Tonight I’m Getting Over You
remixes: Kiss: The Remix
part of: Juno Awards: Pop Album of the Year (number: 2013)
Juno Awards: Album of the Year (number: 2013)
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Let's get the big question out of the way first. No, there's nothing on this album that will rival Call Me Maybe in the startling ubiquity stakes. None of these songs will appear in YouTube parodies about Doctor Who or the Cookie Monster, and none of them have the power to barge into people's lives - people who don't like pop songs, people who don't even have ears - and force them to be aware of its existence.

Not that this means Carly Rae Jepsen's second album is a failure; very few pop stars have a song as demanding of the attention as Call Me Maybe. In fact, that one hit looms so large that when Tiny Little Bows, the first song, launches into a little "we just met" refrain, the familiarity of the idea reverberates far louder than the sampling and chipmunk-ification of Sam Cooke's Cupid. Never mind the wilful desecration of the past; surely she has songs that aren't about a first encounter?

Well yes, yes she does - she has loads. There are innocent songs about crushes, songs about finishing with a boy, songs about a first kiss; songs for would-be lovers who are a bit nervous about how everything works. Guitar String / Wedding Ring describes a love so humble that Carly would fetishise his rusty castoffs as if they were precious metal. It's a young girl's song of idealised passion, negating the self and ignoring all unsavoury physical reactions.

Or there's Beautiful, a skippy acoustic redraft of that One Direction song with Justin Bieber playing the adoring boyfriend, or possibly Bruno Mars. Even when she plays the Ke$ha dirty stop-out role, in the witless Good Time - featuring Owl City - there's precious little whisky on hand to clean her teeth. Everything has been wiped so clean even grammar can't find a foothold.

There are no excursions into dubstep, no guest rappers and no raunchiness, just good clean wholesome party (as in jelly and ice-cream) fun. Kiss is chaste and tailor-made for anyone who finds Rihanna too ripe, Lady Gaga too weird and Katy Perry too all-over-the-place.