CARLY RAE JEPSEN
"This Kiss" (3:49)
Producers: RedFoo, Matthew Koma
Writers: C.R. Jepsen, M. Koma, S.K. Gordy, K. Covell
"Good Time," Carly Rae Jepsen's Owl City-assisted -follow-up single to her Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Call Me Maybe," felt like a good-natured victory lap to the Canadian singer/songwriter's monster U.S. hit. "This Kiss," on the other hand, is Jepsen's return to the serious business of crafting flirtatious fun. Her next radio outing is chock-full of subtle sonic goodies, from the fluttering repetition in the verses to the breathlessness of the bridges to the warm sea of synths that pop on the choruses. The lyrics are also a cut above the rest of the sugary tracks on Jepsen's new Kiss: As carefully innocent as the 26-year-old's persona is, the girl next door shrugs off her boy at home, and her new beau's girlfriend, as "details we both forgot to mention." Jepsen is no Courtney Love, but a whiff of rule-breaking often complements a gleeful arrangement like "This Kiss."