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E•MO•TION Side B Has Broken Me

Carly Rae Jepsen's E•MO•TION is a pretty good album. According to Carly, during the production of the album she recorded 250 songs (wow!) before narrowing that down to the 12 on the record. You can kind of see how: there's like, dozens of producers and writers on every song, and it's clear that she wanted to explore a bunch of sounds before settling on the ones she was happy with. I think that is cool ( *• ̀ω•́ )b. It's a good way to make an album!

A year after the album dropped, Carly released an eight song EP called E•MO•TION: Side B that is supposed to be tracks that were recorded for E•MO•TION but didn't make the cut. She framed it as a minor thing, a way to show appreciation for the fans who support her, and so on and so forth.

I can't stop listening to it.

I'm not sure if the songs are actually better than the ones on the main album. I don't really know how to grade pop music or anything like that. But every time I go to turn on some tunes, Side B is there. I don't know why these songs were left off the album, every track perfectly hits the sound that E•MO•TION was reaching for. I can't get Body Language out of my head, and the bizarre structure of Store always freaks me out. Store seems made to become a meme, and that's a risk I really respect.

If you count the main album and a few other releases, there are 225 songs that Carly recorded for this project that haven't been released yet. What is she hiding? Is there going to be a Side C? a Side D? Are there songs in there with even weirder twists? Is there a song that isn't about falling in/out of love? Did she record songs that include state secrets, such as concrete proof of the existence of extraterrestrials?

As long as the songs remain unreleased, we'll never know. Please click here to sign my petition, together we can find what she is hiding.

I no longer think of half-hours as units of time, but as units of E•MO•TION: Side B

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