The best song of 2012: Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

From The Guardian:

For all the woe-is-us handwringing in the music industry, a lack of creative innovation undermines it far more than filesharing. A pop meme will crop up – David Guetta’s one-note riffs, say, or the feathery singers deployed on John Lewis adverts – and get run into the ground with ever-diminishing returns. Yet truly fresh songs shine all the more in this environment, and Call Me Maybe shone like a prom queen tiara atop a freshly waxed limo.

Its backing meanwhile is full of bushy-tailed strings and PG-rated guitar chugging; Jepsen’s hairbrush vocals are charmingly heartfelt, and easy enough for popular Hollister-clad girls in schools everywhere to emulate. The lyrics, full of wishing wells and ripped jeans, were almost certainly written with hearts dotting the “i”s. And herein lies its charm: the climactic rush towards the chorus isn’t fraught with sexuality, but merely the giddiness of tweenage infatuation. Released amid a serious, very grownup breakup I went through this year, it was as inspirational as Usher’s Climax (Guardian critics’ No 2 pick) was devastating – love isn’t about adapting to perfection’s erosion, Jepsen says, it’s about phone numbers and emoticons and cute boys glancing at you in Pizza Hut.

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