SINGLE REVIEW: Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Be Friends

It’s almost Valentines Day which means it’s also that time of year that the heartfelt love songs and the sassy anti-love songs come out in full force. 

Carly Rae Jepsen is usually an artist who embraces love and details the cheesy romanticism that accompanies it through a bubblegum-pop synth filter. But this time she’s had it with love and her new single is an anti-valentines day anthem that encourages you to get rid of the people from your life that you don’t want anymore. 

Detailing the end of a relationship, she breaks-up with them and uses all the cliche terms to say that they want to be friends, but what she really means is that she doesn’t want to speak to them ever again, and that’s okay. Sassily singing “Let’s be friends, then never speak again. It’s cool, we can just pretend” during the chorus, she perfectly cements that goodbye attitude we have all experienced at one point in our life. 

During a spoken voicenote bridge she admits “I had a really nice time with you. I mean, you’re sort of a dick sometimes but someone out there is surely gonna love a dick” and that’s the “fuck you energy” I want to embrace in 2020.  

While the concept is really strong and the lyrics are sassy and fun, the production sadly just doesn’t elevate it at all. The production feels a little chaotic and isn’t as polished or refined as her prior material.

There seems to be a lot of musical ideas that have been thrown together with no clear vision which has affected the overall vision and feeling of this track, which is a real shame because I’m always all for a bit of a “fuck you” moment.