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Dedicated Side B Tracklist:
Well, we’ve come a long way from the bombshell that was Emotion. Dedicated was 4 songs in to being another unbelievable classic, then it short-circuited rather thoroughly and unfortunately. “Pleasant” is the word for this, its side B. Many of the songs probably trump side A’s b-side (which is everything but the first four and “Too Much” in my opinion), but the only track here that approaches memorable is track 3. The rest is competent and her voice is always welcome though.
Though I was admittedly a little skeptic at first, by the time I heard Summer Love I truly got the vibe of the album which is as it is described an album of actual B-sides/cuts of varying degrees. Thoroughly impressed. Some songs are more growers than others, but ultimately just as pleasurable of a listening experience as the original "Dedicated," the only thing missing being the title track itself hopeful to come at a later date.
So I’ll say this about this album: if you liked Emotions Side B better than Emotions itself, you’ll probably feel the same about this album. Jepsen seems to take more chances sound-wise on her main albums (which while artistically is noteworthy, doesn't always pan out well in the long run), but leaves her more even-keeled material for her Side B albums. Just like I listened to Emotions Side B on constant replay for several months, I can see the same with this album. It’s fun, easy to listen to, and has some interesting lyric twists. Good album for the summer play, driving, and dancing.
Every song of this album other artists would kill for!!! The perfect companion to Dedicated and a fabulous start to the summer album!!! This Love Isn’t Crazy, Stay Away, Summer Love, Comeback, and Solo and all bangers and Heartbeat, Felt This Way are great! A great album from start to finish!
So I’ve had this on repeat since it was released, and my only critique is that I’m angry that she had the AUDACITY to market this brilliant collection of pop songs as b-sides. Literally any other pop artist would be lucky enough to record an album of songs this good. My hope is that it is received by the GP as the truly outstanding pop album it is. It deserves to be viewed as its own/stand-alone era in the CRJ timeline, and I believe we will look back on it as such. No one (and I do mean NO SINGLE CONTEMPORARY POP ARTIST) has the talent to craft such perfect pop melodies in this consistent of a fashion. No one. This Love Isn’t Crazy is the highlight here, along with Fake Mona Lisa, Solo—ok, the entire album is bliss. Thank you, CRJ for blessing us with this perfect collection of songs in the midst of these troubled times.
Hey, Queen! Girl, you have done it again, constantly raising the bar for us all and doing it flawlessly. I'd say I'm surprised, but I know who you are. I've seen it up close and personal. Girl, you make me so proud, and I love you.
Carly Rae Jepsen has been known as pop music’s biggest underdog, and with Dedicated Side B she has proven that she can do no wrong. Side B comes after the mellowed vibes within Dedicated. However, Side B offers higher highs than its predecessor with many songs often sounding like they belong on her 2015 album E•MO•TION — Side B is a perfect mixture of both Dedicated and Emotion and will please both parties equally. Overall, Side B is a wonderfully crafted album that mixes in 70s,80s, and 90s stylistic choices perfectly.