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"Breakup Songs? Nah! Overrated!" Miss Carly's Take on "The Loveliest Time"

A woman looking outside in the sepia yellow tone

Alright, this one's for y'all, the folks who've had it up to here with breakup tunes. Miss Carly dropped a bomb, saying, "Had enough of those heartbreak songs? Let me help y'all out." And bam, she's back with her seventh album, "The Loveliest Time." Gotta give props to whoever's working the magic behind the scenes, 'cause seriously, we've been riding the Carly pop rainbow since "Call Me Maybe." Her songwriting game is so on point; she's got this uncanny ability to hit you right in the heartstrings, and the music? Oh honey, it's got more groove than a dance floor at Pride. It's like she had the whole game plan down. She bared her soul, rolled up her sleeves, and crafted this album straight from her creative core. She even spilled that this is her "freest" album ever – no pressure, just letting her creativity run wild.

"Kamikaze" – using 80s synth/R&B vibes with its pulsating bassline and infectious melodies – the lyrics touch on reconnecting with an ex, making every moment of the production impossible not to love. And while you might think she's been binge-watching Dragon Ball Z, it's actually a reference to a 16th-century tale of a Mongol emperor whose fleet was either sunk or turned back by "the gods," who sent a divine wind [ref]. Okay, I might have strayed off-topic there. Another standout track called "Kollage" sneaks in like a haunting nightmare, featuring her breathy soprano delivery and evocative lyrics that remind us self-inflicted pain won't lead to improvement; it's best to embrace self-love and acceptance. "Psychedelic Switch," a clubby-disco pop track with a nod to Kylie Minogue, stands out with its catchy hook and memorable melodies that transport us into a trance. There are a few more tracks on the record that pay homage to 80s synth, including the pop-banger "So Right," the solo electric guitar piece "Stadium Love," and let's not forget the haunting classic piano blend of "Put It To Rest." They're all like different puzzle pieces that somehow fit together in this musical mosaic.

And then we have the wobbly-disco pop lead single, "Shy Boy," which interpolates from Midnight Star's 1986 R&B single “Midas Touch.” But hold up, it might not give you the full album picture. Some other tracks like "Shadow" and "Aeroplane" are cute and all, but they're not exactly giving... giving.

So, the big question? Carly's "The Loveliest Time" is a treasure trove of wild, experimental tracks. Individually, they're like little musical fireworks. But when you bunch 'em up, they might lose a smidge of that smooth flow and come off kinda deliberately scattered and a bit fragmented, intentionally. Not a bad thing per se; she did point out that she wanted to gift the album to her fans and they are loving it – that's what matters. Personally, I did enjoy the record a lot. As always, I'll be looking forward to more records that she'll be releasing in the future.

Tracks to loop - "Kamikaze," "Put It To Rest," "Kollage" and "Psychedelic Switch"

Rating: 7.8/10


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