#aotd is Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen. This album is some serious 80’s pop worship with a lot of modern sheen delivered through the production. Emotion’s closest relative in the music world is Taylor Swift’s juggernaut of a pop album “1989” released last year. While 1989 took pieces of 80’s pop and blended them with Taylor Swift’s signature quirks and songwriting styles, Emotion sees Carly taking the sounds of 80’s and running with them. Unlike Taylor, Carly is practically a blank slate who hasn’t really established a trademark sound with mainstream audiences. Without the expectations which kept Taylor in check, Carly has crafted an album which does way more justice to its influences. The album’s lead single “I Really Like You” highlights both its biggest strengths and weaknesses. On one hand, the production is phenomenal with great synthetic percussion which peaks on the chorus and a great vocal performance from Carly but on the other hand the lyrics are really, really, really, really poorly written. The poor writing doesn’t hold the album back too much for the most part though, in fact their melodrama and simplicity fits the theme of the album fine. The instrumental variety and the production on here just keep giving though, from the rapid fire synths on “Let’s Get Lost” to jaunty guitar plucking on “All That”. Then there are the killer earworm hooks on the phenomenal title track and “I Didn’t Just Come Here to Dance” delivered with the catchy prowess you’d expect from the voice behind “Call Me Maybe”. A few tracks on here are too underwritten to be saved by the production, “Gimme Love” and “Your Type” have a meandering tempo and hooks which are too underwhelming to bring the songs to any kind of satisfying climax. These moments are surprisingly few and far between though. Emotion is way better than it has any right to be and might very well be the most consistent and exciting mainstream pop release this year.